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COVID-19 FAQs2020-04-03T11:57:56-04:00

*We will continue to update this page as changes are announced*

Letter from our Area Superintendent

IMPORTANT UPDATE: APRIL 2, 2020 – 4:30 PM.

Governor’s Executive Order

Dear FCMA Parents/Guardians,

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-35, which orders all K-12 school buildings to close for the remainder of the school year — unless restrictions are lifted — and ensures the continuation of learning by setting guidelines for remote learning. It breaks my heart that we are not returning to our classrooms this academic year, but I know that our teachers are dedicated to working with you to educate our students during this unprecedented time. While teachers and students will not be returning to their classroom, our mission of educating and caring for students does not stop.

According to the Executive Order, The Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators and the Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers are currently developing a Continuity of Learning Plan template application for schools to utilize in order to create their localized plan. The application template will be made available to us by April 3, 2020.

As soon as we receive the template, we will adapt our distance learning plan and seek approval by our authorizer. The governor requested that our plans begin on April 28, 2020 at the latest. While we will continue our current format, upon our return from Spring Break on April 13, it is our hope that we implement the adapted distance learning plan no later than April 20, 2020.

Please note, all standardized tests previously scheduled for the remainder of the school year, including the M-STEP and the PSAT, will be canceled.

By now, you should already have been contacted by your student’s teacher or other school personnel. If you have not been contacted, or need to update your contact information, please contact your teacher or school administration by email (available on our website).

Additionally, please let us know if you are in need of technology or technology support by completing the Device Request Form (see link below) by Wednesday, April 8.  Once the form is complete, you will receive information on pickup/delivery.  Please note that devices and chargers will need to be returned to the school at the conclusion of the distant learning window.

You will receive more information on distance learning, homework guidelines, parent support, and much more on Monday, April 13, 2020.  Once the Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order is lifted we will provide information on when the school building will be open for you to pick up your students’ belongings.

We are in this together!

Peace & Be Well,

Stacy M. Byrd
Head of School

Are you in need of support or resources? Please call 2-1-1 from any phone to be connected to a list of statewide resources.

Click here to call 2-1-1

Example of an At Home Montessori Schedule

UPDATE: March 27, 2020 – 12:30 pm.

Discontinuing Meal Program

Dear FCMA Parents/Guardians,

Thank you so much for your flexibility and support during this time of uncertainty. Due to the Governor’s latest “shelter in place” mandate and to better protect the health of families and employees, we have unfortunately decided to discontinue our meal program as of today, Friday, March 27. We will not be serving food the weeks of March 30 and April 6. While we don’t have a confirmed COVID-19 case within our school community, we must prioritize everyone’s health and safety above all else.

The school building will be closed after 3/27/2020 to all non-essential staff, parents, and guests until further notice.

If your student is in need of food, please visit the Michigan Interactive Food Map to find a meal distribution location near your house – https://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/schoolnutrition/. There are also many local resources including the Open Hands Food Bank and Gleaners. You may also call 2-1-1 from any phone to be connected to a list of statewide resources for everything from food and diapers to rental assistance and bus fare.

Peace & Be Well,

Stacy M. Byrd
Head of School

UPDATE: March 23, 2020 – 5:30 pm.

Extended School Closure

FCMA Community, we received notice this morning that Governor Whitmer has extended the school closure mandate until Monday, April 13, in accordance with the Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order.
Information is rapidly changing and we are taking this mandate from the governor very seriously.  The school meal program is considered an essential task of the government mandate, which means we will continue to distribute meals as planned with extra safety precautions.

We ask that you check your email for additional information regarding the extended school closure.
Please take care of yourself, your family, and loved ones.

UPDATE: March 22, 2020 – 10 am.

A Message From the Parent Guild

We are sad to report that the Spring Dance is cancelled. Due to current circumstances, the Venetian has graciously allowed us to cancel the contract without penalty. All tickets purchased will be refunded immediately. Please text Megan (330-697-4510) to coordinate your refund.

We especially would like to thank the Spring Dance committee for stepping up to organize the event.

Thank you all for your understanding and we look forwarding to the event next year!

Stay Safe and Healthy
Cemone and Megan

UPDATE: March 22, 2020 – 10 am.

FREE BREAKFAST & LUNCH PROGRAM FOR ALL STUDENTS:

Four Corners Montessori Academy and Edibles Rex are pleased to announce a FREE pre-packaged breakfast and lunch program.

Program Begins: Thursday, March 19, 2020

Pick-Up Days: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Time: 8 – 10 am.

Location: Four Corners Montessori Academy (curbside pick-up at Hebert and Gardenia entrances)

Meal pick up is for multiple days: i.e. pick-up Saturday, Sunday and Monday meals on Saturday.

Program is open to ALL  children 18 years old and younger. (persons with special needs up to age 26.)

Children do not need to be present for a parent to pick up meals.

Children DO NOT need to be enrolled at FCMA to participate in this program.

UPDATE: March 16, 2020 – 3:30 pm.

FCMA Food Program:

FCMA Families, please be sure to continually check your emails for updates from the school.  If you are not receiving the weekly updates please notify the office staff.

Beginning Thursday, March 19th, FCMA will be providing free, pre-packaged breakfast and lunch meals.  This program is open to all children 18 years old and younger, as well as for persons with special needs up to age 26.  Curbside pick up days at FCMA will be Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 8 am – 10 am for the next three weeks. Meal pick up is for multiple days, for example, pick up Saturday, Sunday, and Monday meals on Saturday.  Check your email for further information regarding this program.

Please take every precaution and stay safe.

Update as of March 15, 2020 – 9:47 pm
Parent Letter

Dear FCMA Families,

This message addresses three things:

  • Information from our health department if you or someone you have been in close contact tests positive for COVID-19
  • Resources for talking to child(ren) about COVID-19
  • Continued Learning Opportunities

The safety and health of our FCMA community, including our students, staff, and families is always of the utmost importance to us.

We have been in touch with the health department and there are confirmed cases in our area, but as of far as we know, none of our students or employees have tested positive for COVID-19 as of today, March 15, 2020.  If we learn of a confirmed case, we will let you know as soon as possible.

Please note, our health department asked us to share the following with families: 

If you have come in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, and think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, you should take steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

In order to stop the spread of COVID-19 please:

  • Stay home and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Follow the social distancing suggestion, this includes canceling playdates, meet-ups with family and friends and stay in for meals.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, then dispose of the tissue. When a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work, or school especially when someone is ill.
  • Wash hands for 20 seconds. Washing hands often under clean, running warm water can help prevent the spread of germs. If you cannot wash your hands, use hand sanitizer.

Please take this time to emphasize the seriousness of this situation with your students while also creating the space for kids to talk about their questions, fears, concerns, and ideas. Here are some resources for you to share with parents to help talk with your their student about the COVID-19 outbreak:

·       National Association of School Psychologists

·       Talking to teens and tweens about coronavirus – NYTimes

·       Talking to kids about the coronavirus – ChildMind

·       Just for Kids:  A comic exploring the new coronavirus – NPR

·       PBS videos and resources

CONTINUED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

We have worked with staff to develop learning extensions that you may choose to use with your children during this extended time at home.  These learning extensions are supplemental to student learning and are designed to prevent learning gaps as time progresses.  These assignments will not be used for decisions of unit placement at the end of the year.  They have been created to provide your children with opportunities to feel routine and normalcy during this time of change.   

If your child’s classroom teacher has not already done so, very soon they will email you suggested and optional learning activities for reading, writing, mathematics, and cultural studies which will be shared in Google Classrooms.  Included in these activities are lessons provided by our specials teachers (music, art, physical education, and Spanish).  If your family is in need of a computer to access these lessons/activities, please email Ms. Alex at alexandriabyrd@choiceschools.com.

The intent of these learning resources is to create a sense of routine and normalcy for our students.  Completing these learning extensions is your choice as a family. 

From all of us here at FCMA, we wish your family a healthy, happy, and enriching time together over the next three weeks.

Google Classroom is a free and secure learning network.  It provides a safe way for us to connect, share content, participate in discussions and provide class information. 

Using Google Classroom allows you and your child to have access to the suggested and optional learning activities provided by the classroom teacher at any time through the Internet and is accessible online and through any mobile devices with Internet capabilities—including iPhone, iPad and Android devices.  Additionally, the use of Google Classroom will help keep students and parents informed during Governor Whitmer’s mandated school closing.

Your child’s teacher will provide more specific information regarding Google Classroom.

Below you will find the codes provided by the specials teachers.  Please note that some may not have resources available until tomorrow evening.

PreK-1st:

Early Elementary P.E. (PreK-1): 262nzdp

Music PK-1: 2oe7pwn

Early Elementary Art (K-1st): 2ert7mk

Spanish K-1: bgcur3y

2nd-3rd:

Lower Elementary P.E. (2nd-3rd): 7ljjurl

Music 2-3: 62i3mbc

Lower El Art (2-3): laae3w7

Spanish 2-3: xztcocv

4th – 6th:

Upper EL P.E./Health (4-6th): 7r35hnf

Music 4-6: x25bwra

Band (6-8 elective): mdd53tk

Upper Elementary Art (4-6th): eikx6u2

Spanish 4-6th: dgf6sv4

7-8th:

Middle School P.E.: hdzyqlc

Music: cs4bqdh

Advanced Band (Middle School Elective): 7de5l2v

Song-Writing (Middle School Elective): izy3luq

Band (6-8 elective): mdd53tk

Middle School Art: ibzzvyj

Middle School Art (elective printmaking): sxyjs5q

Middle School Art (elective photography): h4u2ybm

Middle School Art (elective Circus Arts): tzbjoxj

Spanish 7: 4omd6o2

Spanish 8: k6pufhs

MESSAGE FROM MS. KIM

Dear FCMA Families,

My heart goes out to all of the FCMA community in this difficult time. Teachers and families are scrambling to figure out how to keep the lives of our children as normal as possible and keep them engaged in learning at home until we are able to return to school. It’s exciting to see educators partnering with families, and all of the educational materials being created and made available for free online.  People are getting extremely creative in their efforts to keep the learning going. It can also be difficult to sort through all of the materials that are  suddenly available and even more so if you have limited access to technology. I’m including some materials here that I hope will help you, the parent/guardian, assist your child with tackling reading and writing assignments and getting the most out of them.

I would encourage everyone to keep track of your child’s learning at home. Use daily reading logs to record the minutes read. Keep a portfolio of assignments completed. Take photos of your child working on projects, record them reading stories, and have them share their learning with other family members.

If there is any way I can be of assistance in helping you with reading and writing strategies for your child, please don’t hesitate to email me and I will do my best to locate resources and strategies for you. I know that Ms. Stacy and the FCMA teachers and other staff are working very hard to help all our families to make the most out of this difficult time.

Peace and light,

Kim Geis

Reading Interventionist

Update: March 13, 2020 – 7 AM.

FCMA will be closed, Friday, March 13th for students. This cancellation includes Kids Club. The administration and staff will use this time to build out plans for distant learning, as last night Governor Whitmer announced statewide closure of all K-12 school buildings from Monday, March 16th through April 5th.

We will continue to be fully transparent in our process and are committed to keeping you updated every step of the way.

Important update: As of Thursday, March 12 at 11:00 p.m.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that in order to slow the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan, she is ordering the closure of all K-12 school buildings, public, private, and boarding, to students starting Monday, March 16 until Sunday, April 5. School buildings are scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 6.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Q: Is there a way my child can continue learning?

A: Google Classroom is a free and secure learning network.  It provides a safe way for us to connect, share content, participate in discussions and provide class information. 

Using Google Classroom allows you and your child to have access to the suggested and optional learning activities provided by the classroom teacher at any time through the Internet and is accessible online and through any mobile devices with Internet capabilities—including iPhone, iPad and Android devices.  Additionally, the use of Google Classroom will help keep students and parents informed during Governor Whitmer’s mandated school closing.

Your child’s teacher will provide more specific information regarding Google Classroom.

*Updated 3/16/2020

Q: I’m concerned about providing food for my children, will there be any provided to my child by the school?

A: Although school is closed for several weeks, we are providing families with an opportunity to access free breakfast and lunch for children under 18 years of age. Our intent is to make the meal distribution process as simple as possible.

We will be providing food for our families/community hopefully starting this Tuesday, March 17th. Pick up days will be Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 8 am – 10 am. We are currently waiting to hear back from Edible Rex on whether they will be able to provide us with food by this Tuesday morning. 

Because the situation is complex and evolving, our plans may change. If they do, we’ll let you know.

*Updated 3/17/2020

Q: Will anyone be at the school building in case I need to drop off enrollment paperwork or pick up something from my student’s locker?

A: At this time, the school will be closed to all visitors. Please contact the school leader directly if you need something. Please keep an eye out for updated information as we know more.

*Updated 3/17/2020

Q: What do I do if I or a family member is sick?

A: According to the CDC, you need to call your doctor:  If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately. Follow the steps in this link:  If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html

For additional questions on monitoring your health, contact your local public health officials (Michigan: 1-517-335-9030)

*Updated 3/13/2020

Q: Are there any restrictions on personal travel?

A: The CDC has indicated travelers returning from (SEE BELOW) specified countries must stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing. It is recommended staff and students utilize the free virtual COVID-19 screening through your healthcare provider,  if you have any concerns you may need to self-quarantine. Please see the CDC travel health notices for an updated list of travel restrictions and guidelines.

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Monaco
  • San Marino
  • Vatican City

*Updated 3/13/2020