FECC and Elementary students have begun hybrid learning!
Elementary Learning Labs available in the afternoon.

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Hybrid Transition

Ferndale Family,

The Ferndale Schools Board of Education has approved a plan which will allow for students to return to in-person instruction (utilizing a hybrid model) on the dates indicated below. This learning plan will allow for families return to in-person learning part-time utilizing a hybrid format or continue to remain all virtual. Ferndale Schools is dedicated to educational equity, and we believe this plan allows each family to make the choice that is best for their student.

The decision of the Board of Education is based on the current scientific data available. Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic this situation remains fluid and the District will remain responsive to emerging information. Should conditions change, the Board may reconsider this decision.

Transition Dates

FECC, Lower & Upper Elementary
— March 1st

Ferndale Middle School
— March 8th

Ferndale High School, University High School, Tri-County Education Center
— March 15th

If you have not indicated your preference for the transition, please contact your building principal. Parent requests to change their decision will be considered on an individual basis.FECC Hybrid FAQ

FAQ & Info Session Video

The information session hosted on Thursday evening can now be viewed on our FAQ page or Facebook Live page.  You may want to review this recording prior to making a final decision.

Hybrid Transition FAQ Page Ferndale Schools Facebook Live Link

Information from this session will be posted on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page as well.

Please submit any further questions you have to Mr. Bill Good at bill.good@ferndaleschools.org.

What does Roomie or Zoomie mean?

Based on parent selections, your student will be categorized as either a:

  • Roomies Transition to Hybrid: hybrid in-person student attending classroom instruction part-time 
    • Keep your teacher*
    • Synchronous instruction in the classroom
    • Asynchronous activities at home
    • Schedule shift (see below) 
  • Zoomies Remain All VirtualDistance learning student 
    • Keep your teacher*
    • Synchronous instruction from home, via Google Meet
    • Asynchronous instruction at home
    • Schedule shift (see below)

*Please note that we will do our best for in-person students to keep their same teacher, but some shifts may be necessary to ensure safe class sizes in the event that there is an overwhelming preference in a specific classroom. 

What does Asynchronous mean? 

Asynchronous learning means the student is not live with their teacher, but has learning activities to complete independently. The teacher will provide activities to complete including but not limited to:

  • Online forum responses
  • Practice through district and teacher-specific login programs
  • Pre-recorded video content and assignments
  • Independent projects
  • Papers

Elementary Schedule Overview


  • In-Person Synchronous Instruction: Every Morning

  • Virtual Asynchronous Activities: Every Afternoon


  • Virtual Asynchronous Activities: Every Morning

  • Virtual Synchronous Instruction: Every Afternoon

Learning Labs

  • Open PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
    • virtual specials
    • Asynchronous instruction for AM Special Education students
    • students who regularly attended fall learning labs
  • No AM Learning Labs

What does Asynchronous mean? 

Asynchronous learning means the student is not live with their teacher, but has learning activities to complete independently. The teacher will provide activities to complete including but not limited to:

  • Online forum responses
  • Practice through district and teacher-specific login programs
  • Pre-recorded video content and assignments
  • Independent projects
  • Papers

Secondary Schedule Overview


  • In-Person Synchronous Instruction: Mondays & Thursdays

  • Virtual Synchronous Instruction: Wednesdays

  • Virtual Asynchronous Instruction: Tuesdays & Fridays


  • Virtual Synchronous Instruction: Tuesday, & Friday

  • Virtual Synchronous Instruction: Wednesdays

  • Virtual Asynchronous Instruction: Mondays & Thursdays

Learning Labs

  • Open on Virtual Instruction Days: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Fridays
    • Students with an IEP
    • Students who need the Learning Lab to access virtual instruction

What does Asynchronous mean? 

Asynchronous learning means the student is not live with their teacher, but has learning activities to complete independently. The teacher will provide activities to complete including but not limited to:

  • Online forum responses
  • Practice through district and teacher-specific login programs
  • Pre-recorded video content and assignments
  • Independent projects
  • Papers

Special Education Information

Early On (0-3) Services

Due to the vulnerability/ medical fragility of the Early On student group, services will continue to be delivered virtually to the greatest extent possible. In person services may be considered based on district health screening/ protocols for in- person services- Early On (0-3) Service Plan & Guidance. Early On guidance re: in-person services will be updated/ revised as needed based on public health and federal and state special education guidance.

Early Childhood (3-5 years) Special Education programs

1754- Early Childhood Special Education classroom

(Ms. Friedman)

  • Option for full in- person program following the school year ECSE calendar (4 days per week, M-Th w/ some Fridays, AM: 8:30-11:00; PM- 12:30-3:00) OR virtual/ remote learning (individualized plan reflected in a Contingency Learning Plan (CLP) developed by the IEP team, including parents)

1755- Special Education services in a regular preschool classroom setting
(Mrs. Bresson)

  • For students participating in the hybrid plan, in- person 1755 services will be provided during regular preschool sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays; virtual 1755 services will be provided on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (see FECC Hybrid Schedule).

Special education ancillary/ support services (SSW, SLP, OT, PT) may be provided either in person or virtually, based on parent choice (hybrid or virtual) and student needs.

Elementary Special Education Overview

Resource Teacher Instruction

(Ms. Krausmann, Mrs. Bresson, Ms. Fox, Mrs. Bruner, Mrs. Marentis)

  • For “Roomies”, Resource teacher instruction and ancillary/ support services will be provided in person primarily as “push in” services during morning class time or as separate "pull-out" services during afternoon Learning Lab times.
  • For “Zoomies”, virtual Resource program instruction and related services will be provided virtually during morning asynchronous learning times.

Level/ Self-Contained Program Instruction

(Mrs. Golding, Ms. Learman, Mrs. Williams)

  • For "Roomies", elementary level/ self-contained programs will operate in person Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri 8:30 am- 2 pm and a half day on Wednesdays from 8:30-10:45 am.  Inclusion/ general education time may be provided in person or virtually as determined by the program teacher/ GE schedules). 
  • For "Zoomies", elementary special education instruction/ services will be provided via a remote/ virtual learning plan as identified in each student's Contingency Learning Plan, developed by the IEP team, including parents.

Please note, the daily/ weekly in person schedule may be modified if necessary due to changes in public health conditions and/or due to greater than anticipated student #s for virtual/ in person instruction (per parent election).

Secondary Special Education Overview


Resource Instruction
(Mr. Hand, Mrs. Schock, Mrs. Ceglarek, Ms. Berris, Mr. McNally, Ms. Hutko, Ms. Cole, Mrs. Perri)

Students participating in FMS and FHS Resource programs will follow the same hourly/ daily schedule as general education students. Resource Lab instruction, which was provided on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00-9:30 am during Sem 1, will no longer be offered due to the hybrid secondary class schedule/ teaching schedules.

Self-Contained Programs
(Mr. Collins, Mrs. Plotkin, Mrs. Gearns)


Secondary self-contained programs, including the ASD and CI program classrooms and the Adult Transition program, will continue on a hybrid schedule with in-person time increasing to 3 days per week. The new schedules begin on March 8 for both FMS and FHS students and are listed below:

Hybrid/ In Person Schedule:
  • Monday 8:00-3:00
  • Wednesday 8:00-2:00
  • Thursday 8:00-3:00
Virtual/ Remote Schedule:
  • Tuesday 8:00-3:00
  • Wednesday 8:00-2:00
  • Friday 8:00-3:00
  • Virtual instructional schedules will be similar to Sem 1 and individualized based on student needs and IEPs/ Contingency Learning Plans. If you have questions about your student’s daily schedule, please contact his/her special education teacher.  

In-person days and hours may be adjusted based on public health conditions and/or # of students attending in person.

Special education ancillary services may be provided either virtually and/ or in-person, as determined by the instructional format chosen and/ or individual student needs and schedules


What Safety Precautions Will Ferndale Schools Be Taking?

Ferndale Public Schools takes the health and safety of our students, staff and community very seriously.  The district is able to ensure many safety measures that will mitigate the risk of contracting the Covid-19 virus while at school.  The safety measures the district will ensure for in-person learning are:

  • Required masks (except when eating) over both the nose and mouth. Note: students who are not able to tolerate or wear a mask due to medical or disability-related reason will not be required to do so

  • Students will be required to bring a water bottle with a straw and can drink from the bottle at non-lunch/snack times by pushing up their mask to sip from the straw 

  • Handwashing protocols

  • Hand sanitizer in every classroom

  • Individual desks

  • Seating chart, this will allow for rapid and accurate contact tracing which will protect against outbreaks

  • Stagger lunch, recess and play times to maintain cohorts

  • Parents, family members and other visitors to school building will be minimized to the greatest extent possible to reduce exposure risks

  • Food service will pre-package individual lunches

  • High touch surfaces will be regularly disinfected

  • Covid-19 safety signage will direct students to engage in safe practices

  • Safe practices will be taught, modeled and practiced

  • Dedicated public health nurse to help with contact tracing and quarantine recommendations

Playground Safety

On the playground, our safety practices will include:

  • Help children engage in physical activity daily through safe activities

  • Ensure students and staff wash hands before and after outdoor playground time

  • Talk with children about avoiding touching their eyes, nose and mouth and covering a cough

  • Allow for physical distancing when possible

  • Keep classroom cohorts of students together on playground

  • Limit the size of groups participating in playground time simultaneously (i.e. mixing cohorts). 

  • Require masks

The district will be unable to ensure that students are:

  • Socially distanced (although every effort will be made to maintain social distancing)

  • With solely their cohorts for lunch

  • Social distancing during lunch

  • Social distancing on district buses

Our teachers and staff will take every opportunity to engage students in safe behavior while they attend in-person learning.

By offering an in-person option for students, there are risks to the health of all those who participate. A shared responsibility for reducing risk and keeping our schools safe will be held by our teachers, staff, families and administrators. For families that select the in-person learning option, the district will require parents/guardians to agree in-writing to the following conditions:

  • The student will wear a mask at all times (except when eating) while at school.  This includes during indoor and outdoor recess. Exceptions may be made for this requirement if there is a medical or disability-related reason. Medical documentation may be required. 

  • The student will abide by all other safety protocols in place at each building

  • Families will conduct a daily health screening and report the results to the school if the student is not feeling well

  • Families will notify the building administrator immediately if anyone in the family exhibits Covid-19 symptoms or tests positive for Covid-19. 

  • Follow guidance from the district’s OCHD public health nurse regarding self-quarantine 

  • Follow guidance from the OCHD regarding self-quarantine for Covid-19 exposures

Elementary Classrooms Views

Desks will be spaced a minimum of 3 ft apart with plastic barriers on 3 sides of the desktop. A transparent window is on the front facing wall of the plastic barrier.
Desks will be spaced a minimum of 3 ft apart with plastic barriers on 3 sides of the desktop. A transparent window is on the front facing wall of the plastic barrier.


There exists the possibility that students or staff may need to quarantine. The OCHD provides guidance on quarantine protocols.  The district will work with staff and students to make potential quarantine events as smooth as possible for our classrooms.

Teacher Quarantine

If an in-person teacher must quarantine, a substitute will teach while the classroom teacher is in quarantine.  

Student Quarantine

If a student must quarantine, the district’s current policy of allowing students to make up work during missed days due to illness will continue.  In cases of quarantine, students would be able to attend the virtual mode with their same teacher/schedule until the quarantine requirement ended.

Ferndale Public Schools provides transportation for our resident elementary and middle school students to and from school and for high school students in partner programs (ACE, CASA, OSTC). 

Rider Expectations 

Face masks must be worn at all times on the bus. Face masks will be available at the entrance of the bus in the event that a student does not come to the bus equipped with the necessary item. 

Safety Protocols

  • Masks must be worn over the mouth and nose

  • Hand sanitizer must be used when entering the bus.  Sanitizer dispensers are mounted at the stepwell of each bus

  • Students must fill seats one at a time until there are no single seats remaining and then fill open second seats

  • Bus drivers, weather permitting, will keep windows open on the bus both in route and when stopped

  • Buses will be properly disinfected after the departure of the last child from each run once the bus has returned to the transportation garage

  • Additional health and safety protocols will be implemented, to the extent feasible, for special transportation when one or more students are not able to wear a face covering /mask. This may include spacing of students in seats, assigned seating, keeping bus windows open, etc. to minimize risk


6 feet sticker signage, hallway pathway signage, hand sanitizer stations, water fountain caps


Mounted hand sanitizer in stepwell, open windows when possible


Individual desks, hand sanitizer protocols, hand washing schedules, desk shields


High touch point surfaces every 4 hours, fogger 


The district has purchased PPE including face shields and paper masks

Social Distancing  

The district will make every effort to have students and staff socially distanced when possible: MI Safe Schools: Michigan’s 2020-21 Return to School Roadmap