Return to School
As the Southfield Public School District plans for the start of the 2020-21 academic year, we are committed to keeping our families, staff, students, and community members informed. While there are still many uncertainties regarding what the upcoming school year will look like, we are hard at work to ensure our students continue to have access to a high-quality educational experience.
At this time, we plan to offer remote learning at the start of the school year. This decision has been made due to a large number of COVID-19 cases in our region.
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, along with answers to frequently asked questions.
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
Scott Tocco, Director of Operations
Chris Schoemann, 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
Communications / Return to School Updates
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.
Location: Birney K-8 School (27225 Evergreen Road, Southfield, MI 48076)
Time: 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Cost: $150 per week / per student
Discounts: Multiple Children: 10% / Military: 15% / District Employee: 50% / DHS Subsidy state assistance accepted
Questions? (248) 552-1509
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 December 31, 2020.
- 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
Meal distribution schedule:
- Meal service begins on Thursday, September 3, 2020.
- On Thursdays: 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
Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Southfield High School for the Arts & Technology
24675 Lahser Road, Southfield, MI 48033
Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Thompson K-8 International Academy
16300 Lincoln Drive, Southfield 48076
Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 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 check back at a later dayfill out the following link: https://forms.gle/or8hKuRLtCX9brsBA. Families who have completed the form will be contacted directly with the distribution details.
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
At this time, we plan to offer athletics and extracurricular activities in the fall semester. However, activities, practices, and schedules may need to be modified to ensure students remain physically distanced and can maintain proper hygiene. Each activity will look a little different, and coaches and advisors will be able to provide you and your students with more information.
It remains possible that some or all of our athletic seasons may be restricted or shortened. This will depend largely on decisions made by the Michigan High School Athletic Association and the National Federation of State High School Associations. These decisions are also subject to change during the season depending on the status of COVID-19 in our state and region.
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.