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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the district doing to clean and sanitize buildings, buses, etc.?

Cleaning and disinfecting are part of a broad approach to preventing infectious diseases in schools. Essential staff remain in the buildings during the school closure to continue cleaning.

 

Should I talk with my child about COVID-19? How?

Choosing to talk with your child about COVID-19 is a personal decision you will make with your family. Visit the Family Resources webpage for guidance.

Where can I find reiable and relevant updates and information?

Chelsea School District will communicate directly with families using School Messenger, this online Update Center, all CSD social media channels, and emails from our district superintendent and principals. Please view the following websites for additional up-to-date and reliable information.

 

Where can I find technology support?

Check out out our Tech Tips for Families and Staff webpage.

WiFi Access Map

 

We depend on school meals. How will my child be fed?

Chelsea School District will distribute food to students in need on Wednesday, March 18, Monday, March 23, and Friday March 27 at Chelsea High School from 10:00-12:00.  Curbside pickup will be located at the commons entrance as indicated on the map.  Directional signs will be posted.

If you  do not have transportation, contact the district at 734-433-2208 ext. 6082 to discuss alternative plans. 

Faith in Action will be supporting families, as well.  You can reach them at (734) 475-3305.

 

Are donations of money needed to support the current lunch program for students in need? 

Thank you! The District has access to what it needs to continue our food program for students in need at this time.  We will receive Federal Assistance for this program to continue.  If something changes, we will communicate with our volunteers.

 

Where can I find up-to-date information about athletics and extra curricular activities? 

The Chelsea School District will be in continual communication with families about athletics and extra curricular scheduling updates via School Messenger, superintendent and principal emails, and the up-to-date communications listed on the Athletics and Extra Curricular Updates webpage.

 

I need to bring my kindergarten child's registration information for next year to North Creek. Will the date of bringing that in be extended until after school is resumed? Or will the office be open at any point?

Please contact the building principal and you can coordinate a time to bring in your registration information. 

 

How will the delaying in schooling impact the students? Will we have online classes, or will we try to cram everything into the month or two that remain when we start up school again?

We will not have any requirements for students during this closure.  Some students do not have access to Broadband services and/or cannot access the curriculum and it is important that we are mindful of equity.  Teachers will be modifying course content to accommodate for this closure. 

 

Will the class of 2020 have a delayed graduation, and will they have to finish up their classes over the summer?

No decisions on 2020 Commencement have been made and we will proceed as usual.  At this point we are waiting on direction from the Governor.  We do not know if schools will be required to make up the hours/days of lost instruction.

 

Some schools in the Wayne County area have implemented online learning, teacher online classes, and emails accessible to speak with teachers and counselors. Will this be put in place in Chelsea School District, and when will a plan for the seniors be implemented? 

Implementing online learning creates an equity and access issue both with our general education staff and special education staff and also with those who do not have Broadband access. We have heard from our legal counsel and have been advised that until we have a plan for all students to access online learning, we should not be providing this option.  None of the schools in Washtenaw County are using an online learning platform at this time.  Washtenaw County is working together to develop quality experiences that are accessible to all students should this closure extend past April 6.  

We will be given direction from the Michigan Department of Education on how to handle our senior students in terms of graduation requirements, grades, etc.  We will be required to follow these guidelines. We are waiting for this direction before making any decisions. 

 

Is there any virtual learning or online classroom being implemented during this time of shutdown? 

There are resources on the CSD website for students. We can not push out online learning because of equity and access concerns. Legally, if we push out required learning opportunities for students and all students do not have access because they can not connect with the internet, or students need special services as outlined in their IEP to access the curriculum, we are out of compliance with the law. Principals have sent letters to all families with ideas for enrichment that can be used equally by all of the students. These were mailed today, Wednesday March 18.

We are working with our colleagues around the county to develop a plan that would overcome the equity and access considerations that we need to follow. The goal is to have this plan in place should a closure after April 6 be implemented

 

Where can I find activities for my child to work on during the closure? 

There are optional enrichment activities posted under Family Resources. Again, these are only optional.

 

Where can I find information on stigma and resilience, travel recommendations, and other frequently asked questions? 

The CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions and Answers webpage has extensive information about coronavirus, how it spreads, how to protect yourself, symptoms, testing, and more.

Additional Resources

Provided by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Preventions:

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Health Department of Washtenaw County, Michigan

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Questions

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