Livonia Public Schools Continuity of Learning Plan Information
Message from Superintendent Andrea Oquist
Dear LPS Families,
First and foremost, we hope this letter finds you all in good health and with a hopeful outlook regarding our students’ educational futures. We certainly acknowledge how the last five weeks have upended the lives of each of our students, our parents, and our entire staff, but we have also been encouraged by countless stories of adaptability, resilience, kindness and collaboration.
Please know that we travel this journey through unprecedented times together and that we share in the effort to provide the best for our children and the young adults of our community. Our staff, along with school and district leaders, have been working diligently behind the scenes to plan for the next phase of learning for our students. We are grateful for the efforts of many, put forth in the best interest of our students.
Please know that we are here for you, as we roll out the next phase of learning remotely.
Continuity of Learning Plan
The district submitted the required Continuity of Learning Plan to our Intermediate School District, Wayne RESA and we received full approval on Thursday, April 16, 2020 for this plan. This comprehensive document provides the framework from which we will work for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The plan, which was required by the state as part of the Governor’s Executive Order extending the closure of schools, is posted on this webpage.
Thus far, students have been provided with many educational enrichment opportunities to keep their minds active and engaged. The next phase will entail online learning that will include both new and review instruction, through live or video lessons, screencasts, learning links and posted assignments. To be sure, these experiences cannot duplicate the rich instruction that takes place in-person with our teachers, but they are designed to keep our students learning and growing in preparation for the coming school year, or their next educational journey beyond high school.
Our teams of teachers and administrators have determined the “5 Essential Learnings” that will be the primary focus of the new learning covered during the remainder of the school year. Special Education staff will continue to focus on IEP goals and objectives and general education supports. Please take a few minutes to review the slide presentation below from the district, which will help provide some details for this next phase of teaching and learning. (entitled Highlights for Parents - Continuity of Learning Plan) Additionally, each school or program will be sending out more specific information to families regarding a schedule for teaching and learning, which should provide a helpful structure for your child(ren).
Staying Connected & Engaged
We recognize and respect that each family’s circumstances are different -- the new learning plans were developed with this in mind and provide a level of flexibility for our students, staff and families. To the extent possible, please have your child engage in the lessons, instruction and assignments that will be provided to them, and most importantly, stay connected to their teachers and classmates through their virtual classroom. Continued learning for our students is essential, especially given this extended time away from face-to-face instruction. Again, we understand the burdens on families at this time and know the level of engagement will vary for each student.
Support for Families~We are here to help!
An important part of the plan is ensuring that each family has the support they need. Principals and coordinators have sent out communications regarding device pick-up and inquiring if families need assistance with gaining internet access. Please be in contact with your child’s principal, coordinator or team leader if we can assist with either of these needs. We truly want every one of our students to have the opportunity to connect and learn with their teacher(s) and classmates.
Additionally, we are continuing to provide support for students’ social-emotional well being through the hotline that was established on March 16: Call (734) 744-2737 or email email@example.com. Students or parents may reach out for mental health support via phone or email, and we will assist you.
Food distribution continues each week at two sites: Franklin and Stevenson High Schools. Families may pick up meals from either site on Tuesdays between 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Finally, we have put together some information that we hope will be helpful to you as we transition to new learning expectations. That information can be found in the attachment below entitled Parent Guide to Remote Learning & Resources.
All information is housed on the district’s website at www.livoniapublicschools.org/covid19.
Thank you for supporting your child/ren and for partnering with us throughout this school closure. Wishing you and your family well!
Key Elements of the Plan
What methods will the district use to provide alternative modes of instruction other than in-person instruction and what materials are needed to access meaningfully the alternative modes of instruction?
How will the district keep students at the center of educational activities, including outreach to continue building relationships and maintain connections, and to help students feel safe and valued?
How will the district deliver content in multiple ways so that all students can access learning?
What are the district’s plans to manage and monitor learning by pupils?
How will the district communicate the Plan to families?
When will the district implement the Plan?
How will the district continue to provide or arrange for continuation of food distribution to eligible students?
How will the district provide mental health support to students affected by a state of emergency or state of disaster prompted by COVID-19?
Does the District plan to adopt a balanced calendar instructional program for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year? Does the District plan to adopt a balanced calendar instructional program for the 2020-2021 school year?