Virtual Learning

Dear Morrice Families,
 
Morrice Area Schools is fortunate to have been able to start the 2020 school year with face-to-face and remote instruction. The ability to learn and teach in a face-to-face setting is incredibly beneficial to our staff and students.
 
During the course of the school year, we have kept health and safety at the forefront of everything we do. That includes carefully monitoring COVID-19 transmission rates across the county and, when necessary in response to infections, temporarily transitioning students to remote learning.
 
Given recent increases in transmission, we have reached a point in our county’s infection rate where we find it necessary for ALL students, Prek – 12, to transition to remote learning. Beginning Monday, November 30, all school buildings will proceed with remote instruction for all students until January 11, 2021.
 
Below you can find some important guidance to provide some answers. As always, we are committed to academic excellence, community-building, and social-emotional support for your child—no matter where they are learning.
 
Devices for Remote Learning
 
If you have not already been contact by staff inquiring about the device needs of your student, please contact the building secretary:
Jr/Sr High School 517-625-3141
Elementary 517-625-3143
 
Meals for Students
 
All students can continue to receive free breakfast and lunch provided by the school. A schedule will be posted to our district website on the following page: https://www.morrice.k12.mi.us/foodservice
 
Virtual Schedule
 
Please refer to our Extended COVID-19 Learning Plan for the virtual schedule for all students. The plan can be found at: https://www.morrice.k12.mi.us/Page/3339
 
Two-Way Communication
 
Staff and students MUST conduct two 2-way communications each week. Weeks run from Wednesday to the following Tuesday. This can be accomplished by attending all zoom lessons, answering phone calls from staff, answering e-mails from staff, etc. It is imperative that students attend scheduled zoom lessons. If a student does not attend a scheduled zoom lessons they will be marked VNP (Virtual Non Participating).
 
Athletics
 
All athletics are suspended until further notice. This includes practices.
 
Academic Calendar
 
November 18 Grades 7-12 first day of remote learning
November 30 Grades Prek-6 first day of remote learning
November 25-27 Thanksgiving Break – No School
December 17 Semester Exams ½ day for students, ½ day teacher work day
December 18 Semester Exams ½ day for students and teachers- End of first semester
December 21-Jan 1 Holiday Break – No School
January 4 Students all ALL grades resume remote learning
January 11 Students and Staff resume face-to-face learning
 
We will continue to provide updates and support to everyone in the Oriole family as this public health crisis continues to evolve. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher, building secretary, and building principal with questions or concerns.
 
It is not lost on my staff and myself the tremendous stress our parents and students are under during this pandemic. This decision was not an easy one for my administration or the Morrice Board of Education. We continue to stay committed to returning to face-to-face learning as soon as possible and deemed safe. Thank you for your grace and patience during these unprecedented times.
 
We know that our community will continue to stay #OrioleStrong, we will get through this together!
 
Sincerely,
 
Michael R. Dewey
Superintendent