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Each week, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) puts out a Data and Modeling Update that reviews the latest information on testing, disease trends, outbreaks, hospitalizations, deaths and the virus trajectory in Michigan.…
On Tuesday, on a 4-1 straight party-line vote, the Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee reported out SB 600-603, legislation that would prohibit K-12 schools and local health departments from requiring a vaccine unless that vaccine has…
As you are planning for how to manage the new state mandate to provide students with an opportunity to take the PSAT or SAT this fall, MASSP has received some clarifications from the College Board with regard to testing dates (among other things)…
This morning, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) released updated guidance related to quarantine, isolation, and COVID-19 in schools. Principals will want to note that the guidance released today makes distinctions between…
CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this article, MASSP reported that schools had to submit their goals to MDE no later than September 15, 2021. We have since been informed by MDE that “The goals do not [need to be] submitted to the department. The…
Have you and your fellow building administrators been involved in developing your district's spending plans for federal ARP/ESSER III dollars? Every district in the state that received money in the third round of federal stimulus funding (which…
This week, MDE released statewide results from the spring 2021 M-STEP, PSAT, and SAT along with data from benchmark assessments administered during the 2020-21 school year. After a year and a half of disrupted learning due to the global pandemic,…
We've known since the Michigan Legislature passed the School Aid Fund budget back in June that there was a new $240 million line item to provide funding for districts with the greatest need to hire school psychologists, social workers, counselors,…
Despite the best efforts of MASSP and other education organizations, the School Aid budget for this year requires schools to establish "education goals" for the 2021-22 school year beyond what is already in your SIP/DIP. Specifically, section 98b (…
Every year in August, Michigan's beleaguered secondary principals are faced with the challenge of figuring out which state laws they need to worry about, what changed, and whether they are in compliance or not.  With that in mind, we've compiled a…
To support schools that wish to incorporate SARS-COV-2 testing into their plans to resume in-person learning, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is offering a voluntary program to provide rapid antigen testing and/or pooled…
On Friday, August 13, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released updated guidance strongly recommending that schools require masking for all students and staff regardless of vaccination status. This guidance has been updated to…