Returning to Learning 2020
Over the past few months our Ferndale team has come together to create a path forward as we enter the 2020-2021 school year. While no plan is perfect, I am confident that the Ferndale Schools Preparedness & Response Plan is the right fit for our community at this time.
In creating this plan our team of administrators, teachers, secretaries, and paraprofessionals studied a tremendous amount material, from academic studies done in other countries which returned to school last Spring, to guidance from the Center of Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics, to other state and local return to school plans, and parent and student feedback. What became clear after reviewing this vital and sometimes contradictory information was that unfortunately there was no clear cut answer for how best to conduct instruction this Fall.
The safety of our students, staff, and Ferndale family remains our top priority. That is why our Board of Education has adopted our virtual plan for the Fall of 2020. While our Ferndale plan is primarily virtual, there will be limited opportunities for students to attend in-person as part of our Learning Support Labs or pop-up instructional events.
Please know that this decision was not made lightly. Our goal remains returning to in-person instruction as soon as it is feasible for us to do so in the safest possible manner.
Dr. Dania H. Bazzi, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Ferndale Public Schools
Update October 7th, 2020: The October 2nd Michigan Supreme Court opinion does not effect our remote learning. Remote learning that occurs during the COVID-19 pandemic is governed by the “Return to Learn” bills signed into law in August 2020 (Public Acts 147, 148, 149) and amended by the recently passed budget bill. Additionally, COVID-19 Extended Learning Plans are required by Section 98a of the State School Aid Act, MCL 388.1698a; MDHHS emergency orders entered under MCL 333.2253 (epidemics); Any school board action, including approval of Preparedness and Response Plans and Extended Learning Plans, ratification of Letters of Agreement, and adoption of standards
found within the Executive Orders are also not invalidated by this Supreme Court opinion.
First graders gathered last Friday for a halloween hangout. The pop-up event included pumpkin and candy corn decoration creation stations and more fun for the costumed kiddos. Thanks for coming out, first grade families!
The firs FMS Book Club had an Amazing turn out, with 13 students gathering under the FMS entrance awning. Students had read the book Tight by Torrey Moldonado, and the kids really were engaged in the discussion. Book Club leader Aaron Blatt, English teacher, said, "It was a nice change from the online routine. Ferndale Middle Schools kids seriously are the best!" The book club has selected books dealing with a diverse range of issues including LGBTQ topics, multi-racial families, and mental illness. We're thankful to be in a community that supports conversations about these topics.
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About Web Accessibility
Ferndale Schools recognizes the importance of ensuring our websites are accessible to those with disabilities. We are committed to making our information accessible to all visitors and are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website and, in doing so, adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines.
Alternative access or assistance requests may be filed with the District's Website Accessibility Coordinator:
William Good, Communications Director
Ferndale, MI 48820
Students, prospective students, employees and the District’s guests with disabilities may report violations of the technical standard(s) used by the District, file a formal complaint through the District’s Section 504 and Title II grievance procedure (through the District’s Section 504 Coordinator), and/or contact the Web Accessibility Coordinators with any accessibility concerns.
Continuity of Learning Plan
Creating a culturally responsive experience while learning from a distance is critical. Read more about what we are doing to continue our mission.
Technology Support is available for your student during the Governor's Executive Order of school building closure. Please see the process below.
- For issues with your student’s account, such as passwords or login issues, please contact Tom Maes (email@example.com) or Aubrie Agnello (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- For issues with wireless connectivity and/or borrowed district computing device, please contact the Oakland School’s service desk at 248-209-2060 between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm, Monday - Friday.