Return to School
Southfield Public School District is committed to keeping our families, staff, students, and community members informed. We are hard at work to ensure our students continue to have access to a high-quality educational experience.
Superintendents across Michigan were caught “by surprise” this morning with a recommendation from the Governor’s office encouraging school districts to voluntarily close high schools and athletic programming for two weeks following Spring Break. Unfortunately, there is a disconnect in this morning’s message in that many districts have already returned from Spring Break, which occurred March 29 - April 2, 2021. Our current plan remains for Southfield Public Schools (SPS) students in grades 6-12 who have enrolled in the hybrid/in-person option, to return on Monday, April 19, 2021, which is two weeks after the SPS Spring Break.
Furthermore, the SPS will continue with our previously scheduled spring assessments, as planned for next week. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) informed school districts that during the COVID-19 pandemic, MDE does not support requiring otherwise remote or virtual students to be brought into school solely for the purpose of state assessments. Districts will offer remote or virtual students the opportunity to come into school to take the appropriate state summative assessments. However, those remote-only students will not be required to come into school for the sole purpose of taking any assessment. If your family has signed up to test on-site, and no longer feel comfortable, your student is not required to do so. There is no need to make alternate arrangements.
Moreover, unless there is a specific mandate made by the county/state health departments and/or Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) to pause, SPS will follow the guidance of the MHSAA as it pertains to youth athletic activities. The MHSAA has shared the following guidance: “Spring sports can continue with weekly testing as required by MDHHS during weeks where schools are practicing and/or competing. This is based on all remaining sports being outdoors and spring sports have the fewest contact sports when compared to other seasons. School districts will make local decisions for the coming weeks on spring sports based on local conditions and circumstances.”
Southfield Public Schools Return to Learn procedure has thus far proven to be effective in mitigating the spread of COVID-19. With the COVID-19 Dashboard indicating a total of 7 positive cases among SPS’s staff and students since August 2020. To date, the weekly testing of our spring athletes has resulted in 0 positive cases at this time. This data, coupled with the return of only 24% of district students to the hybrid model, supports our decision to move forward with the return of students in grades 6-12 on Monday, April 19, 2021.
If you decide to return your K-12 student to virtual learning at home, please contact your child’s principal or teacher. The principal or teacher will change your option back to virtual in MiStar. The change will take effect immediately and your child will begin virtual learning the next school day. Once your family is ready to return to the hybrid learning model, contact your principal and the change will be confirmed within 3-5 school days.
For the most current information on the Return to Learn Plan, visit our website: www.southfieldk12.org.
This web page serves as a hub for updates. Here, you will find information on potential school schedule changes, meal service procedures, and how we plan to provide students with access to technology. It also includes information on athletics and activities.
The situation surrounding COVID-19 is evolving with time. We will regularly update this page as our plans continue to take shape. We encourage you to keep checking back for the latest information.
Jennifer Martin-Green, Superintendent
Pamela English, Interim Chief Academic Officer
Marc Ingram, Chief Financial and Operations Officer
Felecia Venable, Director of Operation
Brian Malinowski, Transportation Location Manager (First Student)
Rodel Endaluz, Senior General Manager (Southwest Foodservice Excellence, LLC)
Rodrek Jones, Athletic Director
Daryl Beebe, Director of Student Support Network and Stakeholder Engagement
Preparedness and Response Plan / Extended Learning Plan
Communications / Return to School Updates
School Schedules / Meeting Guidelines / Supply List
The start of the 2020-2021 academic year begins on Monday, August 31, 2020, with staff facilitating individual student/family needs assessments through Thursday, September 3, 2020. Students will begin virtual classes on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.
The first week of school will focus on students' non-academic needs, ensuring all students are equipped with technology (computer and internet access) in addition to identifying the mental and social-emotional supports for a successful school year. Staff will also confirm students are comfortable with Schoology, the district's new learning platform, and other virtual formats through two-way communication. Teachers will be available to students during the first week of the school year.
Families are afforded two learning pathways: a full virtual model where students will remain online with instruction, and a remote to hybrid model where students will return to in-person instruction when health conditions are safe. Students will remain at their current home school in both learning models, and accountability measures for attendance, grades, and assessments apply.
Students will receive instructions from the building level on how learning will occur in their classrooms and outline expectations. Schedules will be available through the MiStar ParentPortal during the week of August 31, 2020.
If health/medical conditions surrounding COVID-19 change as the school year progresses, we kindly ask for your understanding relative to possible student class schedule/teaching schedule adjustments that may be necessary as outlined in the MI Safe Schools: Michigan’s 2020-21 Return to School Roadmap.
Champions DayCare Services
At Champions, we believe learning shouldn’t just happen during the school day. We offer a fun environment where kids can explore art, theatre, language, reading, math, STEM and more outside of class. Our daily homework help can boost academic performance, too.
Enrollment is now OPEN at your school! ENROLL TODAY and schedule your child. We will do all that we can to avoid a waitlist and we will work to welcome your student into the program as quickly as possible. Space is limited!
Please click this link for more information: SPS Enroll Now 2020-21
Questions? Please call Family Support at 1-800-246-2154
The district established a process to ensure all students receive meals each week, even though we plan to offer remote learning at the start of the school year.
Applications for Free or Reduced Meal Benefits
Cost (breakfast and lunch meal box; per week):
- No cost for students through June 2021.
- Families who attend a Community Eligibility Provision school listed below are asked to complete a Household Information Report.
- Adler Elementary, Stevenson Elementary, Vandenberg World Cultures Academy, Levey Middle School, Thompson K-8 International, Kennedy Learning Center, Southfield Regional Academic Campus, and ASPIRE Leadership Academy
Food Service over Spring Break
- On Thursday, March 25th, the special population students will be able to leave the building with a snack and dinner for the evening. If they are interested in receiving food over Spring Break, they can pick up a meal box on Friday, March 26th at the locations below.
- Friday, March 26th will be a normal distribution day with bus deliveries and the curbside locations below:
- Southfield High School for the Arts & Technology (24675 Lahser Rd), 10am-1pm & 4-6pm
- Levey Middle School (25300 W Nine Mile Rd), 10 am-1 pm
- Thompson K-8 International Academy (16300 Lincoln Dr), 10 am-1 pm
- The week of Spring Break there will be NO BUS DELIVERIES ON FRIDAY, APRIL 2nd. Meal boxes will be distributed from the above locations ON THURSDAY, APRIL 1st.
Meal boxes consist of 7 days' worth of breakfast, lunch, snack, and supper.
Meal distribution schedule:
- On Fridays: The district will distribute meals (breakfast and lunch) based on the number of instruction days weekly via the sites/schools below.
Meal distribution site:
Levey Middle School
25300 W. 9 Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48033
Fridays, 10 a.m to 1 p.m.
Southfield High School for the Arts & Technology
24675 Lahser Road, Southfield, MI 48033
Fridays, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Thompson K-8 International Academy
16300 Lincoln Drive, Southfield 48076
Fridays, 10 a.m to 1 p.m.
Before the school year begins, the district will survey families to identify tech needs for each student, including computers and internet hotspots. Devices will be available to support online learning for staff and students.
We also know that not all families have reliable internet access at home. The district is exploring options for securing Wi-Fi hotspots for some of our students to ensure they have the tools they need to learn remotely.
All scheduled distributions are closed for students who need to borrow a computer or other technology. If you still need a computer or other technology, please reach out to the Oakland Schools Service Desk via phone at (248) 209-2060, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or online ticket submission/LiveChat. The Oakland Schools technology team will schedule a day and time to pick up.
Technology Issues? For technical help on a device you have received, please contact the Oakland Schools Service Desk via phone at (248) 209-2060, email at email@example.com or online ticket submission/LiveChat.
Athletics and Extracurricular Activities
Winter contact sports have been able to practice since January 6, 2021, but only with non-contact activities. Per an announcement by the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA), schools may begin full practice activities in the winter contact sports of girls and boys basketball, competitive cheer on February 8, 2021, with some precautions to continue limiting the spread of COVID-19.
Please visit the athletic webpage for additional information.
The Student Support Network is an advocate and mediator for students who need additional resources to support behavioral/social goals or need a trusted adult for advice and guidance in non-academic matters.
The process outlined below affords district families access to mobile health services.
Easterseals (Support for All Buildings)
For current individuals/clients accessing services, Easterseals is offering telehealth. This can be completed through a smartphone, tablet or computer. For those individuals that do not have access to the internet, Easterseals is offering telephonic services. This process may be done on a case by case situation. Individuals can call (248) 475-6300 for an appointment.
For new individuals/clients, please call the (248) 475-2150 to get scheduled for intake. Easterseals will offer intake using telehealth and will continue to provide services using a telehealth platform.
Psychiatrists and doctors are using telehealth as well, please call (248) 475- 6300 for an appointment.
Jennifer Thayer, LMSW, CAADC
Office: (248) 475.6307 | Fax: (248) 475.6370 | firstname.lastname@example.org
2399 E. Walton Blvd., Auburn Hills, MI 48326 | www.EastersealsMichigan.com
CNS Healthcare Mobile Services (Support for University Middle and High School Academies and MacArthur K-8 University Academy)
CNS Healthcare is equipped and ready to offer services via phone or Microsoft Teams. Therapist Madeleine Blum will connect with students she is currently working to offer needed support.
For new adults, children, and families intakes, please contact Amy Stern, LMSW Program Manager, at (248) 409-4155.
Office: (248) 745-4900 | Fax: (248) 994-8005
279 Summit Drive Waterford, MI 48328 | www.cnshealthcare.org
Ascension Michigan School-Based Health Centers
Ascension Michigan School-Based Health Centers are offering virtual medical and mental services to students Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The medical services available are COVID-19 symptoms, follow up visits, medication refills, rash, acne, allergies/sinusitis/URI, pediatric constipation, asthma refills, contact dermatitis, eye complaint, fever, influenza, pediatric gastroenteritis, headache, insect bites, nose bleeds, otitis externa, skin infection, and health education sessions. The mental health services provided are treatment for anxiety, trauma, grief, behavioral/mental health education, psychoeducation, mindfulness, coping skills, and depression.
Individuals can access the service by calling (248) 398-0199 or by emailing Nurse Practitioner Rasanda Dorsey at email@example.com or the Behavioral Health Counselor Darryl Allen at darryl.Allen@ascension.org.
The Health Center will not provide on-site care. Parents/Guardians will need to provide verbal or written consent for services.