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UCS Online Learning


The Michigan Department of Education released information on Friday, March 20 regarding online instruction and instructional time during the COVID-10 school closure.  While discussions will continue to evolve regarding the impact of the closure on schools, we are moving forward with our work to provide our students and families with continuity of learning.

UCS Online Learning aims to give each student a sense of structure, a personal connection to their teachers and school, and learning consistency.  The provided activities are intended to support our parents and students with content that provides student enrichment and reinforcement.
Since UCS is a district of 27,000 students, we are taking a measured, multi-phase approach to the rollout.  Following the schedule below, parents will receive a Utica Community Schools email for each student with specific login details as rollout phases proceed.  (Please note that the rollout communication will be similar to how you receive your child’s report card.)

The online learning rollout schedule will be as follows:

Phase 1: Monday, March 23, 2020  - High school students
Phase 2: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 – Junior high students
Phase 3: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 – Elementary students: 3rd – 6th grades
Phase 4: Thursday, March 26, 2020 – Elementary students: Kindergarten – 2nd grades

Elementary Instructional Packets
For students who do not have internet access, enrichment and review packets will available at your child’s elementary school to take home.  During the first week, packets will be available as follows:

Wednesday, March 25: 3rd – 6th grades
Thursday, March 26: Kindergarten – 2nd grades

Beginning on April 1 and during the school closure, packets will be updated and available for all elementary grades, every Wednesday.

Link to Coping During COVID-19

For information on UCS food distribution sites, please click on the flyer below: 
Link to Food Distribution Flyer

Individual Translated Food Distribution Flyers:
Albanian Language Flyer
Arabic Language Flyer
Spanish Language Flyer


Our Latest Communication with UCS Families:

March 23, 2020

Dear UCS Families and Staff,

I hope this letter finds you well and safe. It seems these days, that once we settle into a new routine, another change occurs. At Utica Community Schools, we are continuing to implement the plans we have been sharing with you to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Today Governor Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order in an effort to protect families and communities. With the information that we hear and the circumstances that we are in, it is understandable to feel unsettled or even frightened. However, you should be reassured that Utica Community Schools has active plans in place that fall in line with the Governor’s order and our work will continue to serve our community, especially at this time of need.

Here is where we are today:

UCS Online Learning
Today, we began the implementation of our online learning plan with the first phase of its rollout to high school students. Tomorrow, our junior high students will receive their access information. We certainly appreciate everyone’s patience as we move through this process.

UCS Food Services
Our food services staff members fall under essential services. Because of that designation, UCS will continue to offer meals to all children 18 years and under on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays per the UCS Food Distribution Plan. Feeding our children is a critical job and we are committed to it.

We will continue to welcome adult volunteers to assist with this service. For the health of all those involved in this service, only assigned volunteers and food service staff can be on site during the food distribution. Interested community members must sign up at this link.

Remote Work Schedules
For the health and safety of our school community, applicable personnel will continue to work remotely to provide services to our students and families. While all district buildings and offices have been closed to the public, we will continue to respond to emails. Staff emails are available at this link.

Child Care for Essential Workers
The Macomb Intermediate School District (Macomb ISD) is working in cooperation with all 21 local school districts to coordinate emergency child care for children ages birth - 12 years old for those employees on the front lines supporting our community. Workers who meet the essential worker definition and need child care services may contact Macomb ISD Emergency Child Care Coordinators Kelly Adamek at kadamek@misd.net or Sherine Katba at skatba@misd.net.

We know that there are many questions you have on how this school closure will continue to impact our district. To help address these concerns, the district is preparing a frequently asked questions and answers document to be released shortly.

As we move through these temporary changes to our daily lives, UCS will continue to share updates with our community. Please visit uticak12.org and UCS social media sites for information from the district. Keep safe, stay home and remember, as a community we will get through these challenges together.

Sincerely,

Christine M. Johns, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


Questions?

Questions or concerns can be sent Utica Community Schools at questions@uticak12.org 
This webpage will provide updates to the community regarding district actions related to COVID-19. 

Working in collaboration with an emergency response team activated through the Macomb County Superintendent's Association, we are in constant communication with the Macomb County Health Department, the Michigan Department of Education and the Governor's Office. 

The district continues to be proactive measures in place to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 and other viral infections. 

District Responses

The State of Michigan has recommended actions for schools and child care facilities.  In UCS, the following recommendations are already in place:

-  Educate students and the community about COVID-19 and preventative hygiene practices. 
-  Encourage staff and students to stay home when sick. 
-  Report influenza-like activity, absenteeism, and potential school dismissals to public health officials. 
-  Communicate and reinforce best practices for washing hands and covering coughs and sneezes. 
-  Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, like doorknobs, keyboards, cell phones and light switches. 
-  Separate sick students and staff from others until they can go home. When feasible, identify a “sick room” through which others do not regularly pass. 

We are working with school principals to evaluate and implement the remaining recommendations to the fullest extent possible:

-  Limit large gatherings such as assemblies and limit inter-school interactions. (Effective immediately, UCS is canceling or postponing events such as Career Expo, School Assemblies, Parent/Teacher Conferences and Fine Arts performances. The status of future events will be announced.) 
-  Consider having students eat meals in their classrooms as opposed to a cafeteria-like setting, or alter meal schedules for smaller-group gatherings. 
-  Alter schedules for recess and entry/dismissal to reduce the mixing of large numbers of students and staff. 
-  Schools with students at risk of severe illness should consider implementing plans for distance learning for those students, to the extent feasible. (If your child falls into this category, please reach out to your school principal.)

The following additional actions are being taken by Utica Community Schools to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19: 

-  Temporarily suspend outside facility rentals. 
-  Cancel all field trips.
-  Postpone professional development. 
-  Work with sponsoring organizations regarding academic competitions (i.e., Science Olympiad, DECA, FIRST Robotics). 
-  Work with the Michigan High School Athletic Association regarding future athletic events. 
-  Work with school groups on postponing out of state travel (i.e. athletic teams, choir and band trips over Spring Break).
-  While UCS does not sponsor international trips, we are recommending school-affiliated groups postpone travel out of the country.