Superintendent's Office

April 10, 2020
Dear Ecorse Families:


I pray this communication finds you and your families in good health.  The mental and physical impact that the COVID 19 virus has had on our community has been great.  However, I am proud of how the Ecorse Public Schools’ Board of Education, administration, staff and students have responded to these challenging times. Together we will make it through this crisis. 


As part of Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order, schools are closed for the remainder of the 19-20 school year.  However, the district is still responsible for providing learning opportunities for our students. The purpose of this letter is to inform our families how the Ecorse Public Schools will meet this expectation.  The following processes will be in effect beginning April 14, 2020:

- Teachers will provide new instruction three days per week to students.    Teachers will continue to use various platforms to present this new instruction (i.e. Google Classroom, Class Dojo, Remind, and email).  A limited number of hard copies of student assignments will be available for pick up at the schools as well. Teachers will also create as many non-technological assignments as possible. 

- Teachers will contact students three times a week in various forms (Virtual, Remind, Email blast, Google Classroom).  At least one day per week teachers will have live communications with their classes in various forms (Zoom call-in, Microsoft Team, Free Conference Call, Google Hangouts, etc.)  Teachers will also identify one hour per week for homework support where students can call in and get help if they need it.  In addition, teachers, one day per week, will conduct a video lesson that will be uploaded to our district You Tube channel (ESBNTV) for students to view (student work will also be uploaded to the district’s website as well www.ecorse.education).

- Student work will be graded and students will receive credit for all assignments in all of their classes. - High school seniors  in Credit Recovery MUST complete all of their course work by June 3, 2020 in order to be considered for graduation. - Tentatively, a limited number of Chromebooks will be distributed to families once the governor’s “Stay in Place” order is lifted.  It is important to know that these devices DO NOT come with wifi. Thus, individuals must already have access to existing wifi connections in order for these devices to work. If you do not have access to wifi in your homes, please do not borrow a Chromebook.  - The district will add a “supper and snack portion” to the food pick up at each school beginning April 13, 2020.  This service will continue for the remainder of the year. Finally, for our high school seniors, the impact of the COVID 19 has wrecked havoc on your final year in the Ecorse Public Schools.  The district still plans to celebrate you in multiple ways. However, our first act in honoring you is to refund any senior dues that have been paid by students. The district will pay for your caps and gown and any other senior activities that take place this year.  We are dedicated to honoring the graduating class of 2020. Please feel free to email me at jtalison@eps.k12.mi.us if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to serve you.  Stay safe.

Educationally yours,

 

 

Dr. Josha L. Talison, Superintendent