Returning to Learning Hub
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.
From District Leaders
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, and secretaries 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.
Mr. Mike Davisson
President, Board of Education
Dr. Dania H. Bazzi, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Ferndale Schools
Free Internet Essentials from Comcast & Ferndale Schools
Through a partnership with Xfinity, qualifying households can get free home internet essentials package including a modem and wireless router at no additional cost. Monthly subscription fees will be covered by the district at a reduced rate through this Internet Essentials Partnership Program. Eligibility terms and application is available from Comcast's website!
Eligibility is determined my Comcast's Internet Essentials terms and conditions:
Household must qualify for programs like the National School Lunch Program, housing assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI and others
Live in an area where Comcast Internet service is available
Have not had Comcast Internet in the last 90 days
Households who owe money to Comcast may still qualify if approved by 12/31/20
Promo Code Request
During the application process, you must enter a unique promo code, provided to you by Ferndale Schools. To request a promo code, contact Aubria Agnello at Aubrie.Agnello@oakland.k12.mi.us.
Return to Learn Updates
The Technology and Curriculum & Instruction Departments have collaborated on a slide presentation full of helpful tips to keep your Chromebook running at it's best. View the slideshow below.
The latest FPS Curriculum Quarterly is now available. Our Curriculum & Instruction Department will be releasing a new issue 4 times a year that will briefly highlight areas of teaching and learning in Ferndale Public Schools. We look forward to sharing our programming overviews with you. If you have questions, please contact Johanna Mracna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This issue focuses on our literacy learning goals and methods, presented by grade ranges. Please take a look, and stay tuned for future issues introducing our other pillars of education.
CONTACT: Lynn Sutfun, 517-241-2112, SutfinL1@michigan.gov
LANSING, Mich. – The holiday season will be different for Michiganders this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure families do not miss out on being together during the holidays, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has issued guidance on how to travel and gather safely during the holidays.
“Celebrating the holiday season with family and friends is one of our most cherished traditions,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health.
“Even though the way we celebrate may have to be different, the guidance issued today shows there are still many ways to spend quality time with family and friends safely during this festive season.”
Traveling and in-person gatherings increase the chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. However, if you decide to travel for the holidays, follow these safety measures to protect yourself and others from COVID-19:
• Wear a mask and keep your nose and mouth covered when in public places.
• Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet apart from anyone who is not from
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand
sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
• Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Ferndale Schools continues to provide contactless meal pick-up for children throughout building closures. Pick-up is available at the FMS North Entrance at 725 Pinecrest Dr. (glass awning pictured below):
- 9:00 am – noon
- Breakfast and Lunch for Mon, Tues, Wed
- 9:00 am – noon
- Breakfast and Lunch for Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun
Meals include breakfast, lunch, supper & snack including milk. Vegetarian options are available upon request at curbside.
Special dietary needs and allergies will be accommodated, after a special form is filed with the Chartwells Food Service Office.
Learning Support Lab attendees are now receiving supper and snack at Ferndale Upper and Lower Elementary, in addition to breakfast and lunch. Children now go home with nutritious meals to be enjoyed daily!
This program receives support from the Children and Adult Care Food program to serve healthy meals to your children. For more information about the USDA nutritional standards used to guide meal preparation, please see the attached flyer.
Beginning on Thursday, November 5th, Ferndale Schools students enrolled in Oakland Schools Technical Campus will be asked to attend on-site lessons on Thursday and Friday. The Monday–Wednesday will be asynchronous instruction.
- Enrollment will be kept to half capacity.
- Efforts will be made to maximize student and staff safety (smaller “bubble”)
Live ZOOM sessions/online instruction will no longer occur as of 11/5/2020 in each program (although pre-recorded content may be available.) Only asynchronous curriculum will be offered on off-site days.
For more details, visit the OSTC section of our Building Info page in the Returning to Learning Hub.
Oakland Together has announced a new call-in tool offering guidance for parents and students. This telephone screening resource is available to assist parents in pre-screening and identifying potential illness in children prior to entering school buildings.
The hotline is supported by Beaumont, and all screenings are conducted by healthcare professionals. Hotline staff can help answer questions about COVID-19 symptoms, the need for testing, and what is considered high-risk.
COST: No cost for parents/guardians of Oakland County school-aged children
WHEN: 5:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Monday through Friday
October 12 - December 30, 2020
Call 248-551-4242 to reach the hotline.
We have set up a complete guide to returning to learning for this fall on our website. You will find helpful information, upcoming dates & times, and all the documents you need start distance learning on August 31st.
Visit FerndaleSchools.org/Return today!
Click the link to view the full Ferndale Schools returning to learning plan.