August 4, 2020
I hope this letter finds everyone well and enjoying the summer! We are making plans for our upcoming school year that is set to start on September 8th.
Governor Whitmer has given the schools a Return to School Roadmap that must be followed. She will decide what phase the schools are in (Phase 1-6). Once that decision has been made, the school will follow what her guidelines are for that phase. I have included a breakdown of the phases on the next page as simply as I could, based on the state mandates. This year we are issuing each student an IPad or Chromebook to keep at home. As long as your student is enrolled at ESLA they will be able to keep the Ipad or Chromebook at home until the student is no longer enrolled at ESLA. If the student(s) leaves ESLA all technology must be returned to the school immediately.
In order to get ready for this year ahead we have three options for our ESLA families to select from:
Offering #1 – In School Model
5 days a week face to face instruction (during Phases 4-6)
Offering #2 – Hybrid Model
Students would attend ESLA, ONLY on Mondays (or the first day of the new week based on the school calendar). The other 4 days would be at home completing assignments (during Phases 4-6). Weekly assignments must be completed before the next class session.
Offering #3 – Online Model
100% online learning
Please read this letter carefully so you can choose the best option for your family. I am asking all families to call the school (810-294-8040) and let us know if you are opting in for our In- School Model, Hybrid Model, or 100% Online Model. Please do so as soon as possible so we can prepare our students, staff, and building.
As long as we are in Phases 4-6, we are able to offer in-person instruction with varying guidelines. We will have to minimize the number of students allowed in the classroom for in- person instruction based on the social distancing mandates. The following page will break down additional instructions for face to face guidelines.
In School Model – Students would attend ESLA 5 days a week for in-person instruction. There will be varying guidelines and rules that each student would follow during the school day. Please see the attached page for guidelines. In addition, students would receive an IPad or Chromebook to use at home while enrolled at ESLA.
Hybrid Model – Students would report to ESLA, ONLY on Mondays, (or the first school day of the week depending on the school calendar). Tuesday through Friday would be spent at home completing the week of assignments on their ESLA issued technology. All assignments would be due on the following Monday. Students should expect to spend approximately four hours a day on their assignments. This would allow students to receive some direct teacher instruction and prepare for their workdays at home. In addition, students would receive an IPad or Chromebook to use at home while enrolled at ESLA.
100% Online Model – Each student would be given an IPad or Chromebook to use at home for all of their schoolwork. Assignments would be given through MobyMax, Math Expressions, Mystery Science, and additional websites. Students would need to participate in all assignments as they would receive grades for their work. To help with the online process teachers would record themselves, give academic links, and provide video clips that would be useful to the teaching concepts through Google Classroom. Teachers would be in contact with the individual student(s) at least once a week. All online classes would be taught by our certified teaching staff. Students should expect to spend approximately four hours a day on their assignments. Students will not be allowed to change from online to face to face or the Hybrid model instruction until the end of the trimester. The trimester dates are Nov 24th and March 5th.
Please contact the office 810-294-8040 no later than August 24, 2020 to select your Option. Please tell us the students name, grade, and option -In School Model, Hybrid Model, 100% Online Model.
All families will receive additional August mailings that include, emergency card, and other information as we get closer to the start of school. Please check our website at www.eastshoreleaders.com and Facebook page for up-to-date information.