Recommendations & Requirements

  • Safety Protocols
    HygienePersonal Protective EquipmentResponding to Positive TestsScreening students

    Schools are closed for in-person instruction.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Required
    • Phase 4:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 5:
      Not applicable
  • Mental & Social-Emotional Health

    Provide all staff with timely, responsive, and ongoing training/professional development as well as needed tools, resources, and implementation support, focused on a variety of topics, including: social-emotional learning, trauma-informed best practices, identification of students at risk, proper local referral protocols, and self-care to promote holistic wellness and resilience and to prevent burnout and vicarious trauma.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Instruction
    Governance (Before School Opens)

    Create a district Return to Instruction and Learning working group, potentially led by the Director of Curriculum, Chief Academic Officer or the equivalent, and composed of a broad group of stakeholders on the district and school level, to:

    • Gather feedback from families, teachers, students, and school leaders about their experiences with remote learning through online surveys and/or virtual focus groups or conversations.
    • Revise the district’s remote learning plan to incorporate feedback and input from stakeholders to improve its effectiveness.
    • Share the district’s remote learning plan with all involved stakeholders."
    • Phases 1-3:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Instruction
    Remote Instruction / Instruction (Before Schools Reopen)

    Ensure that remote learning plans, revised based on feedback and input from school leaders, educators, families, and students, are distributed to all involved stakeholders in their home language. Create opportunities for ongoing feedback.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 4:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 5:
      Not applicable
  • Instruction
    Remote Instruction / Instruction (Before Schools Reopen)

    Support schools to assess every student in grades preK-12 during the first few weeks of school, using a screener, diagnostic, or formative assessments that can be given online or conducted virtually, to understand where students are academically and inform instructional decisions for teachers, students, and families.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 4:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 5:
      Not applicable
  • Instruction
    Remote Instruction / Instruction (Before Schools Reopen)

    Make expectations clear to school leaders and teachers around hybrid or remote instruction that include:

    • Best practices for blended or remote learning;
    • Grade-level proficiencies;
    • Modes of student assessment and feedback;
    • Differentiated support for students;
    • The inclusion of social-emotional learning;
    • Guidance around daily instructional time and workload per different grade bands to ensure consistency for students."
    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Not applicable
  • Instruction
    Remote Instruction / Instruction (Before Schools Reopen)

    Set an instructional vision that ensures that:

    • Every student will start the year with access to grade-level instruction and high quality, standards-aligned instructional materials in every subject.
    • Every student will be assessed on their understanding of prerequisite skills and grade-level proficiencies using formative assessments, screeners, or diagnostics.
    • Every students’ academic and socialemotional needs will be addressed with the integration of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and strengthening connections with students."
    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Instruction
    Remote Instruction / Instruction (Before Schools Reopen)

    Secure supports for students who are transitioning to postsecondary.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Instruction
    Remote Instruction / Instruction (Before Schools Reopen)

    Support schools to implement grade-level curricula that is aligned to Michigan preK-12 standards.

    • Support teachers to utilize power standards that identify the major work of the grade in order to focus, prioritize, and accelerate instruction."
    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Instruction
    Instruction (When Schools Reopen)Remote Instruction / Instruction (Before Schools Reopen)

    Conduct checkpoints with school leaders around curriculum and instruction and ongoing monitoring of student progress, specifically honing in on the progress of students in need of additional support.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Mental & Social-Emotional Health

    Establish and communicate guidelines to all staff regarding identification and rapid referral of atrisk students to appropriate building-level support teams.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Mental & Social-Emotional Health

    Encourage the identification of a point person or establish an access navigator to centralize mental health referrals, communications to families/ students, and public-facing wellness materials.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Mental & Social-Emotional Health

    Establish a comprehensive crisis management plan that leverages available internal and external/ community-based resources, which can be activated efficiently as needed (e.g., loss of student, loss of a school staff member).

    • Phases 1-3:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Mental & Social-Emotional Health

    Compile and regularly update comprehensive lists of wellness resources available to both staff and students that can be provided in conjunction with screening activities, and that reference school and community wellness resources.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Mental & Social-Emotional Health

    Establish ongoing reporting protocols for school staff to evaluate physical and mental health status.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Mental & Social-Emotional Health

    Provide resources for staff self-care, including resiliency strategies.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Mental & Social-Emotional Health

    Designate a mental health liaison (school-based) who will work across the school, local public health agencies, and community partners.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Mental & Social-Emotional Health

    Leverage MDE resources for student and staff mental health and wellness support.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Mental & Social-Emotional Health

    Activate communication channels for school stakeholders to address mental health concerns resulting from COVID-19 (for example, a telephone hotline or a designated email).

    • Phases 1-3:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Mental & Social-Emotional Health

    Communicate with parents and guardians, via a variety of channels, return to school transition information including:

    - Destigmatization of COVID-19

    - Understanding normal behavioral responseto crises.

    - General best practices of talking through trauma with children.

    - Positive self-care strategies that promote health and wellness.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 4:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 5:
      Recommended
  • Operations

    Execute school cleaning and disinfection protocols according to the CDC School Decision Tree.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 4:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 5:
      Not applicable
  • Operations

    Custodial staff are recommended to wear surgical masks when performing cleaning duties.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 4:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 5:
      Not applicable
  • Operations

    ISDs and schools should create a contingency plan to coordinate the use of school buildings for essential actions including elections, food distribution, and child care, particularly for essential workers.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 4:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 5:
      Not applicable
  • Operations

    Continue to monitor device usage and compliance with online learning programs.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 4:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 5:
      Not applicable
  • Operations

    Provide support programs to ensure that students and families can access online teaching and troubleshoot problems with access.

    • Phases 1-3:
      Strongly recommended
    • Phase 4:
      Not applicable
    • Phase 5:
      Not applicable
1 2 3 10