The goal of a Continuity of Learning Plan and COVID-19 Response Plan is to ensure that each District is providing, to the best of its ability, each student with alternative modes of instruction to help them stay on pace in their learning. This application recognizes that there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution; multiple means of engaging students and supporting families may be necessary that may vary by grade level, school building, or student population served.
The Forest Hills Public Schools COVID-19 Response Plan has been developed to align with the guiding principles set forth by the Michigan Department of Education and Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators, per issuance of Governor’s Executive Order 2020-35. The format and organization of the document was prescribed by these entities.
“What, Why, and How” of Continuity of Learning Plan
Guiding Principles of Continuity of Learning
Keep Students at the Center
Intentional outreach to continue building relationships and maintain connections. Help students feel safe and valued. At a minimum, plan to do the following:
- Plan for Student Learning: Build on each student’s strengths, interests, and needs and use this knowledge to positively affect learning.
- Develop a Weekly Plan and Schedule: Offer routines and structures for consistency and for the balancing of think time, work time, and play time for health and well-being.
- Contact Families: Partner to support student learning through ongoing communication and collaboration. This will not look the same for every student and family—safety remains the priority.
Design Learning for Equity and Access
Plan and deliver content in multiple ways so all students can access learning.
- Teach Content: Set goals using knowledge of each student, content area standards, and of Michigan Merit Curriculum.
- Deliver Flexible Instruction: Consider how to deliver content depending on tools and resources accessible to each student. Alternative modes of instruction may include: use of online learning, telephone communications, email, virtual instruction, videos, slide decks, project-based learning, use of instructional packets, or a combination to meet diverse student needs.
- Engage Families: Communicate with families about engagement strategies to support students as they access the learning. Families are critical partners. Provide translations as necessary.
Assess Student Learning
Manage and monitor student learning and plan.
- Check Student Learning: Use a variety of strategies to monitor, assess, and provide feedback to students about their learning.
- Make Instructional Adjustments: Use formative assessment results to guide educators’ reflection on effectiveness of instruction and to determine next steps for student learning.
- Engage Families: Communicate with families about assessment results in order to inform next steps and the potential for supplemental summer learning. Provide translations as necessary.