Will there be a daily schedule for my child to log in? (Online Learning)
No, this option is meant to meet the needs of the family. Your child may login and complete the coursework at their own pace.
If I choose online learning, can I change my mind?
If a student is enrolled in online learning through the Ishpeming Online Academy, they are committing to at least one full semester (January). If a student starts with in-person learning, they may choose to move to online learning for the remainder of the semester.
Will my child be taught by a teacher from Birchview? (Online Learning)
Every student enrolled in online learning through the Ishpeming Online Academy will be assigned a mentor. The mentor will be a teacher from our district, but the mentor will not be delivering instruction. The role of the mentor is to complete brief check-ins with students to make sure students are on task and understanding the concepts they are working through.
Will the content be the same as what is being taught in the Birchview classrooms?
No, the online learning through the Ishpeming Online Academy will not be exactly the same as what is taking place in the classrooms at Birchview. It may look similar, but the Online Academy is a completed through a software that comes pre-loaded with learning content for students to complete independently. All of the online content is aligned with the standards provided by the State of Michigan.
What if I have to drop something off during the school day for my child?
We are going to try to minimize the number of people who come into the building, so if you need to drop something off at the school, please come to the front doors, ring the buzzer, and someone will meet you at the door.
Can my child wear a plastic shield instead of a mask?
Unfortunately not. We’ve been informed that if someone wants to wear a plastic shield, they will still have to wear a mask under it. Approved Masks include: Washable cloth masks, neck gaiters, disposable masks, and homemade masks that cover the nose and mouth.
What if my child can’t wear a mask due to medical reasons?
If your child has medical reasons why they can’t wear a mask, there is a form that will need to be filled out by your child’s physician.
What if someone tests positive for COVID-19?
In the event of a positive case in the building, our building will move to distant learning for between 2-14 calendar days depending on guidance from the Health Department.
What if someone is showing symptoms of COVID-19
Staff or students showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be sent home. In order to return to school, they must stay home for ten days from when the symptoms started, and be fever free for 24 hours without any medication. Symptoms include: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.
When will my child be sent home?
If he/she reports close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. If he/she exhibits one of the following symptoms: Cough, shortness of breath, or fever/chills. If he/she exhibits two or more of the following symptoms: Fatigue, muscle/body aches, headache, new loss of taste/smell, sore throat, congestion/runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.