Newaygo Public Schools Continuity of Learning (COL) Plan

State of Michigan Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-35 which suspended in-person K-12 education for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

All public schools were directed to develop a Continuity of Learning Plan to deliver content in multiple ways so that all pupils can access learning.  NPS administration and teachers worked to develop a plan with an implementation target date of April 20, 2020.

We want students to complete this assigned work. Our goal is to decrease the loss of learning that could occur if students do nothing for 6 months prior to the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions
Updated April 4, 2020

1.  How and when can I get personal items from my kids locker at school?
At this time, items cannot be retrieved due to the "stay-at-home" order.  If a student has medicine, eyeglasses, or inhalers at the school, please email the school nurse and/or a building administrator to schedule a time to retrieve these essential items.

2.  When can I get in my locker to get my coat and backpack?
Access to our buildings is prohibited for these items.  Once the stay-at-home order is lifted, we can consider plans and options for people to retrieve belongings.

3.  When will graduation take place?
We will not have graduation in May.  We would like to try to have a ceremony this summer, perhaps July, but we do not know for sure.

4.  I am hearing about "distance learning" or "remote learning."  My internet connection is unreliable. How is this going to happen?
NPS is working on a Learning plan to include multiple options for the students to complete the work; online, paper/pencil, project-based, etc.

5.  My kid does not have a device.  What can be done?
Students in grades 9-12 all have a school-issued chromebook.  Students in grades 5-8 have chromebooks but they are stored at school.  Over the next 5-10 days, we will make a plan to distribute these chromebooks to students in grades 5-8. We have not formulated a plan for devices for students in grades K-4 at this time. It is likely that their school work will be paper/pencil.

6.  What if my high school student's chromebook is still at the school because it was in for repairs or left in a locker?
When we develop a distribution plan for devices, we will include a plan for these situations.

7.  I need my kid(s) to be busy.  When is work going to be available for kids to do?
Some teachers have reached out to their students already with some enrichment activities (work that was not required to be done).  Schools in Newaygo County have set a target date of April 20 for this emergency remote learning to "officially" begin.

8.  My spouse and I both work. How are we supposed to supervise our kids during the day to get this work done?
We know this is going to be a challenge.  We hope to provide enough work to engage brains but not so much work that families are overwhelmed.  We want to be very sensitive to family needs.

9.  I am a senior and a little short on credits.  What should I do?  Will I be able to graduate?
Mr. Reyburn, Mr. Thompson, Ms. Piccard, Ms. Gracik, and Ms. Shoemaker have already started making plans for contacting students and trying to give them options to finish required classes to graduate. It will have to be on a case-by-case basis.  Seniors who feel like they are in jeopardy should definitely reach out to their teachers.

10.  What happens with assigned grades this second semester in Middle School and High School?
At this time, we do not have an answer for that question. We do not know if students will get grades or credit/no-credit or some combination of both.

11.  How do we get the cap & gown we ordered a few months ago?
We will have to make a plan to distribute those after the stay-at-home order is lifted.

12. Will there still be an Honors Banquet at the high school?
We are planning to have the Edward T. Grodus Honors Banquet to award scholarships and honor our seniors. It will most likely be a video production that can be viewed online, however, with no meal/food, no live presenters, and no live attendance. Details will be forthcoming.


Tips for Parents

Know your student.  Be a "warm demander."  Have high expectations but know that students will have mood swings where they may or may not be ready for learning and school work.

Create a time and space for learning.  Many students are craving some sort of schedule. It doesn't have to be rigid but again, having high expectations with built-in flexibility will help.

Cultivate their curiosity and spark their interest.  Life is so busy during a "non" crisis period, that parents don't always have the time or energy to learn alongside a student and/or work on a project with them.  Cooking, drawing, reading, researching passions/interests, etc., are among some of the ways to keep the brain engaged!