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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…
On July 27, the CDC released updated guidance for fully vaccinated people to "maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others" by "[wearing] a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high…
As Principals are planning for student ID cards for the upcoming 2021-22 school year, be aware that, beginning this school year, schools need to ensure that student IDs have a suicide prevention hotline number printed on them. Specifically,…
The US Department of Education (USDoE) has joined the growing list of organizations that has released guidance on school reopening for this fall. It keys in on three priorities: (1) the mental health and safety of students, staff, and educators, 2)…