Washtenaw County Schools Prepare for the Upcoming Fall Semester

. August 20, 2020.
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Following the release of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Safe Schools Roadmap, school districts in Washtenaw County have been working to accommodate all of the requirements into their own reopening plans. As of right now, Michigan is in phase four of Gov. Whitmer’s safe start plan. This would allow for in-person learning options. The plans for school reopenings may change, check the school’s website for the most up to date information. 

Here is an idea of how each public school in Washtenaw County plans on reopen for the Fall 2020 semester.

Ann Arbor Academy 

Ann Arbor Academy will be hosting in-person classes for the beginning of the school year. They will continue to offer their Blue Herons @ Home program, where students will be able to do distance learning. 

1153 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor. 734-747-6641. Annarboracademy.org

Ann Arbor Public Schools
The Ann Arbor Public Schools are offering three options for the upcoming school year. A2 Virtual+ Academy will be completely asynchronous learning and is an expansion of the A2 virtual online class options. The second learning option is A2 Student Link which includes synchronous and asynchronous learning for the entire school year. A2 Classroom Connect, the third and final option, will include both learning types but will give students the option to choose to go back into school when it is deemed safe. All students participating in Classroom Connect or Student Link will be taught by AAPS teachers. While childcare can’t be guaranteed at the moment, AAPS is working out options for providing childcare. 

Elementary school students in the Classroom Connect and Student Link options will be having synchronous and asynchronous learning time throughout the week and will be having activities/classes scheduled every day. These students will have morning meeting and outdoor activity time built into their schedules. 

Middle school and high school students will be on a block schedule with three classes every day other than Wednesday.

Middle school students will start their day with an advisory meeting while high school students will have their advisory after the lunch period. The same three classes will be on Monday and Thursday as well as Tuesday and Friday. Wednesday will not include any classes. At the end of the school day, middle school students will participate in an “SEL Checkout” time where they will have the opportunity to answer any remaining questions and make sure that they have all of the resources they need.

High school students participating in the Student Link or Classroom Connect option, each class will be 105 minutes with the exception of the optional seventh hour which will be 60 minutes. Advisory will run for 40 minutes and students have the opportunity to interact with other students.

2555 S. State St., Ann Arbor. 734-994-2200. A2schools.org

Arbor Preparatory High School 

Students at Arbor Preparatory High School have the option to either stay completely virtual with synchronous and asynchronous learning or have hybrid learning. Hybrid learning students will report on-site one day a week and participate in virtual learning for the rest of the week. 

6800 Hitchingham Rd., Ypsilanti. 734-961-9700. arborprep.com

Chelsea School District

Chelsea School District will begin the school year off completely virtually, then move to integrate students into in-person instruction. In-person instruction will begin with elementary school students and then move to secondary students based on guidance from health officials. All students will be provided with a fully virtual option throughout the school year. The virtual option, “CSD All Virtual,” model will be a mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning and will include “regular weekly & daily schedules by building.” The hybrid option will have students attending two days of school in-person per week with their designated group. For the rest of the week, they will participate in virtual learning. 

Students with last names A-L will attend school in-person Mondays and Wednesdays. Students with last names M-Z will attend school in-person Tuesdays and Thursdays. Fridays will include virtual learning for everyone. All schooling will be taught by CSD teachers. 

500 Washington St., Chelsea. 734-433-2200. chelsea.k12.mi.us

Dexter Community Schools

Dexter Community Schools will be offering two options for learning during the 2020-2021 school year. The “Home-based model” will be completely virtual learning for the semester/school year. The “Homeroom model,” will start phasing in young five students to sixth graders when the district deems fit. All students will begin the school year virtually. 

Middle school students will be participating in a block schedule-based system. Students will have classes one, three, and five on Mondays and Thursday, and classes two and four on Tuesdays and Fridays. All classes will include synchronous and asynchronous components and have an optional sixth hour for band/orchestra/choir, world language, office hours, or support classes. Wednesdays will be for student mentoring and asynchronous work time.  

High school students will also be participating in a similar block schedule-based system but with a sixth hour on Tuesdays and Fridays. 

2704 Baker Rd., Dexter. 734-424-4100. dexterschools.org 

Greenhills Schools

During the month of September, Greenhills School will be operating remotely. Students who aren’t able to operate from home will be given the option to participate in a supervised study hall on campus. Remote learning will consist of participating in a block schedule with periods A, B, C, and D on day one and E, F, G, and H on day two.

850 Greenhills Dr., Ann Arbor. 734-769-4010. greenhilsschool.org 

Lincoln Consolidated Schools

While Lincoln Consolidated Schools will be starting the school year off remotely, the district plans to reevaluate during the week of September 14. LCS’ hybrid model will allow students to phase into in-person instruction when the district deems it to be safe. This option will allow the district to move between virtual, hybrid, or completely in-person options while allowing students to stay with the same teachers. Elementary students participating in the blended model will have daily schedules with synchronous and asynchronous learning time. On Wednesdays, elementary school students will be working independently. 

Students also have the option to participate in LCS’ virtual academy where they would opt to do online school for the semester/entire year. While students in any grade can participate, there are limitations to AP, CTE, Spanish immersion, and other specialized education classes. Virtual academy students will participate in asynchronous learning. Students who choose to do the virtual academy will be able to attend school functions, participate in extracurricular, and receive the same option for free/reduced meals as in-person students. 

7425 Willis Rd., Ypsilanti. 734-484-7000. lincolnk12.org

Manchester Community Schools

Students participating in Manchester Community Schools’ virtual option will have a mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning. In-person elementary school students will stay in one classroom for the entirety of their instructional time. Students will have recess with the students in their class. In-person junior and senior high students will be participating in a block schedule system. Students will attend periods one through four on Mondays and Thursdays, and periods five through eight on Tuesdays and Fridays. Wednesdays will be completely virtual learning. The schedule will include an advisory period for students. 

701 E. Main St., Manchester. 734-428-9711. Manchesterschools.us

Milan Area Schools

Milan Area Schools are offering a fully-virtual or hybrid option for the fall 2020-2021 semester. The curriculum in all of the phases will be taught by a Milan Area Schools teacher. The virtual option will include synchronous and asynchronous learning. Focus will be placed on core subjects and meeting state/national standards. 

High school students participating in the virtual option will have two days of synchronous learning and three days of asynchronous learning with instructional material given by teachers. Hybrid students will have two face-to-face days and three remote learning days. Hybrid students will be sorted into two different groups which will dictate which days they come into school.

100 Big Red Dr., Milan. 734-439-5050. milanareaschools.org 

Rudolf Steiner Schools of Ann Arbor

Entering into the school year, Rudolf Steiner Schools plan to be in-person and outdoors. All students will be split into groups of eight to ten students. The groups will not mix with other groups in order to decrease the chances of spreading COVID-19. The lead teacher will be floating between different groups in order to do classroom activities. Grades seven and eight will move to the high school for instruction. Students are able to choose full in-person, virtual, or a hybrid option. 

Lower Campus: 2775 Newport Rd., Ann Arbor. 734-995-4141

Upper Campus: 2230 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor. 734-669-9394

steinerschool.org

Saline Area Schools

All Saline Area School students will be doing remote learning for the first two weeks of the school year. If the district deems it safe, hybrid students will start attending classes in-person. Hybrid students will be broken up into A and B groups which will rotate their in-person instruction days. If conditions allow, SAS hopes to have complete in-person instruction (for the students who selected that option) by October 12. Students pursuing the completely virtual option will be taught by Saline Area Schools teachers with synchronous learning.   

7265 North Ann St., Saline. 734-401-4000. Salineschools.org

Whitmore Lake Public Schools

Whitmore Lake Public Schools will be offering an in-person and virtual academy option for the upcoming school year. WLPS’ full in-person instruction will begin August 31 with a series of half-days until September 3. Full days will begin on September 8. The virtual academy will have a mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning and is a semester long commitment for students. 

8845 Main St., Whitmore Lake. 734-449-5336. wlps.net

Ypsilanti Community Schools

Ypsilanti Community Schools is offering three learning options for the upcoming school year. A full in-person option will be available with content taught by YCS teachers. There will be the opportunity to have a blended learning option with content taught by YCS teachers. The fully remote learning option will have content taught by a certified teacher with a YCS online mentor. 

Blended and face-to-face option students will be broken up into cohorts and given schedules as to when they can expect to be in-school versus at-home. 

1885 Packard Rd., Ypsilanti. 734-221-1214. Ycschools.us