Hazel Park to Start School Year with Virtual Learning

Hazel Park to Start School Year with Virtual Learning

(Superintendent Amy Kruppe, Hazel Park Schools, Aug. 16, 2020)

Hazel Park, MI – As the September 1st starting date of the school year approaches, we are writing to share that the Board of Education voted on August 12, 2020, to start the school year remotely. We understand the difficulties that this late decision may cause for many of you. We do believe that the information below will give you the information you need to support your students during this changed opening of Hazel Park Schools. Our dedicated staff at Hazel Park Schools will continue to provide your students with an exceptional educational opportunity. As we navigate through these difficult times, we encourage you to reach out to us with any questions or concerns you may have. Please see below for more information regarding the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.

Hazel Park Schools is required to share with you our Return to School Road Map. The Road Map is posted on the Hazel Park Website along with the powerpoint presentation that was shared with the Board of Education and the Hazel Park Community. This plan has been developed with input from our surveys, our stakeholder committee, and the Governor’s Return to School Road Map. It is important to remember that we will need to continue to remain flexible as the phases change in Oakland County. The safety of our students and staff is at the forefront of our decisions and guidance from the State and our local health department changes frequently.

Hazel Park Return to School Plans

When the 2020-21 school year resumes, September 1, Hazel Park School District parents will have two learning options to consider for their student:

Remote/ In-Person Instruction: If our region continues in phase 4 or above as defined in the MI Safe Schools Roadmap, parents need to complete Back to School Registration for their child. Safety plans will be in place based upon science and guidance from the Governors Return to School Road Map. The Board has elected to begin this phase as remote. The remote learning will be similar to this past spring but with increased direct and synchronous learning opportunities with your child’s teacher(s). Hazel Park students who are in elementary school and in center programs may return after four weeks (October 1st), depending on the safety of the students given the virus spread in the community. Elementary Principals will be developing class lists and getting them to students by August 28th. Further information will also be coming to your family regarding connecting online and the schedules for your students. Students who are in the high school will return to school after six weeks and students in the junior high after ten weeks at the end of the first marking period. During the next several weeks, the school district may also have small groups of students come into the schools for support during the week. Your building principal will be in contact with you if your student will be a student that may be selected to potentially come in for small group instruction. When students are able to return, the school will have safety processes in place per the guidelines of the Oakland County Health Department. This will include personal protective equipment, expanded hygiene practices, and increased cleaning. If our region returns to phase 3 or below then students will shift to remote learning once again. Families that select in-person instruction cannot change until the marking period.

K-12 Viking Virtual Academy: Parents who are concerned about their child returning to in-person instruction have the option to enroll their student/s in the Viking Virtual Academy. This virtual schooling option offers full-time online instruction. Hazel Park Schools will be using the K12 curriculum product for K-8 which provides a blend of online and offline learning experiences. Students in grades 9-12 will experience a fully online program. Hazel Park teachers will be supporting this learning option through a joint learning partnership between the student, family and the teacher. Parents who select this learning option are not expecting to have their child return to face to face learning during the first part of the school year. To request to attend Viking Virtual please email hayes@hazelparkschools.org. At marking periods, a parent could request for their child to attend back in the direct classroom, however, the student would have to wait to make sure that the face to face class has enough space to accommodate the student. Requests will have to be made through Dr. Dulmage for K-5 and Dr. Postell for 6-12. There will be information nights for the Viking Virtual Parents who have signed up as listed below:

Monday August 17th 12:00pm-1:00pm  Zoom Link: https://bit.ly/3aoCrL8

Tuesday August 18th  6:00pm-7:00pm  Zoom Link: https://bit.ly/3gVpwmp

GSRP & Preschool Academy

We are still awaiting information from the Board of Education on the starting of GSRP and our Preschool Academy.  We will share this information with you next week. Please be patient as our Board of Education is dedicated to provide the very best decision that is available to us given the data we have at this time. Food Service

All students who are attending remotely or through Viking Virtual will have access to food service. We will send out the days when food pick up will be available. The sites that food will be available will be Hazel Park High School, Hazel Park Junior High and Webb Elementary School. Please watch for information in your schools newsletters on the change in our variety of meals during our remote session. Students who are in the Virtual Schools will have the ability to access free breakfast and lunches all year long. We will keep you informed on this process as well. As we did in the spring, if you have difficulty accessing food please email us at HPcommunications@hazelparkschools.org and we will work to support your family during this difficult time with breakfast and lunch delivery.

Technology

Technology is accessible to families that  need support for their children in their home. All high school students are able to have a chromebook assigned to them for the 2020-2021 school year. The pick-up days for the device, if they do not have their device from the 2019-2020 school year, is August 19th, 20th and 21st from 8:00am-3:00pm at the Ford Administration Center 1620 East Elza. Please enter at the back parking lot and follow the instructions on Door 14. Families that do not have a device for their student at home will be afforded the opportunity to borrow one while we are in remote session or if your student will be attending the Viking Virtual Program. K-8 please fill out the technology survey. Families that need support with internet access please indicate this on the survey and we will assist you with Comcast / AT&T.  When we resume face to face instruction K-8 students will need to return their devices to their schools.

We look forward to having an outstanding year educating and supporting your student. While these times are difficult and different, we have confidence that our staff will be there to support your family as they always have been with Viking Pride. Please feel free to reach out to our administrative team at any time for questions or concerns. Thank you for allowing us to serve your family.With students in mind,

Dr. Amy Kruppe

Superintendent

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