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.
Ferndale Staff Alert
Ferndale Schools employees who have been identified as an eligible teacher or support staff member for the COVID-19 Grant (Hazard Pay - Public Act 166 of 2020) have been contacted via district email. If you were not contacted and feel that you should be eligible, please contact Human Resources (firstname.lastname@example.org) to appeal.
Are your children safe while online? Michigan families, especially minors are becoming inundated with advertisements from alcohol, tobacco, gambling and adult content marketers through email, text messages, and other online inboxes. Thankfully, the State of Michigan offers a free program to stop adult advertisements from reaching e-mails, mobile phones (text messaging ads) and select instant messenger IDs. The Michigan Child Protection Registry, like the Federal Do Not Call List, is a free do-not-contact service for Michigan's families. To register for the free service, visit ProtectMIChild.com.
Blessings in a Backpack continue to deliver food to families through these challenging economic times. Bags will be available for pickup curbside at FMS, FUEL, and FECC from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, or until supplies last.
Upcoming Pickup Dates
November 23rd, 2020 (Monday)
December 10th, 2020
Pickup At Ferndale Middle School
- Bags will be available in the north driveway.
Pickup At Ferndale Upper Elementary School
- Bags will be available in the south driveway. Note: if a bus is there and loading children, please DO NOT drive through. Please wait and proceed once the bus leaves.
Pickup At Ferndale Early Childhood Center
- Bags will be available in the north parking lot.
Please email Lindsay Gonska with any questions: email@example.com. And, be sure to check out our fundraising opportunities at the bottom of this week's eblast.
This video-recorded performance is from the in-person CASA dance class. It was choreographed by Moya Ingram, a Ferndale High student. The video features; Ashanti Moore, Brandon Baker, Christal Davidson, Anjilena Omolaro- Fox, Kayla Weaver, Payton Chaffin, Julie Bedford, Dallis Davis, Sehara Thomas and Moya Ingram. Excellent work, Moya and all of the dancers who performed!
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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Aubrie Agnello (email@example.com).
- 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.