The following information was communicated via email on Monday, May 18, 2020. Please review this detailed information regarding the end of the school year calendar adjustments:
As the school year draws to a close, we are still challenged by the unknown elements of our national, state, and local response to COVID-19. It is certain COVID-19 will have an impact on our district for months to come.
Yet we can say with confidence that we are extremely proud of the resilience, determination, and thoughtful collaboration our students, staff, and families have shown in the face of such adversity. The engagement with our Continuous Learning Plan, connections around planning meaningful year-end celebrations, and efforts to help those in need speak to the heart of this community.
As we continue our preparations for the start of school in September, we recognize that in order to best care for and meet the needs of all students, we need to align practices. In order to do that, we need to have all of our staff collaborating together at the same time. Therefore, we will hold professional learning with all of our staff on June 3rd and 8th. Teachers will also be engaged with professional development during the afternoon on June 10 and June 11, and the afternoon of June 12, 2020 remains a records day for staff. Students will be able to continue with their learning plans, but will not experience interaction with staff on these dates and times. Please Note: Bloomfield Hills High School will be following a different calendar for some dates in June. Specific information from Bloomfield HIlls High School will also be forthcoming.
During our professional learning together, we will operationalize the use of tools that will allow us to be more nimble as we progress through in-person, hybrid, and online learning scenarios. Understanding the best practices when engaging with these tools is important as we strive to meet the needs of all students. Our secondary staff will be using a platform called Canvas to align 9-12 and our elementary and middle school staff will leverage the full Google Suite to house both classroom, grade level, and shared district resources. We are excited to use these platforms to support student learning interactions this September.
In the event that our time together in school looks different this fall, we are focused on preparing to provide the most developmentally appropriate instruction possible, in all formats, to assure the continued academic, social, and emotional growth of our learners. Teachers are an essential component of a successful return to school in the fall and we value their input as we take up new approaches to teaching, learning, and assessing. To be successful in this new environment, we must create conditions that allow our teachers to be seen, heard, and valued as professionals. While this is new territory for many of us and much change is ahead, this professional learning opportunity will enable us to leverage our collective thinking now, in preparing for a safe, smooth, and productive start to the 2020-2021 school year