Return to the Classroom
August 26, 2021 Email to parents:
School starts September 7th!
Over the summer we have been busy planning for the safe return of our 15,000 students.
Through the Safe Schools, Strong Schools bond program we have been making important safety improvements to our buildings, resurfacing parking lots, upgrading middle school tracks and scoreboards, and replacing the worn artificial turf at Chippewa Valley High School.
Our technology department is busy preparing thousands of new laptop computers for our exciting 1 to 1 computer initiative, sending out newsletters, and preparing special Tech Nights for our parents to enjoy. We hope that you will take advantage of those opportunities to learn more about technology in our school district.
School breakfasts and lunches will be FREE for ALL Students this school year paid through federal food service funds. (Only families that are income-eligible need to fill out the free and reduced lunch form to receive assistance.)
As we prepare for a return to full-time traditional learning nothing is more important than the safety of our students, staff, and community. We are maintaining our multi-layered mitigation strategies to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 -- things like social distancing wherever possible, hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer, ventilation systems, assigned seating, contact tracing, and outdoor recess when possible
While masks will be optional in our school buildings this fall, we strongly encourage ALL students, especially those that are not fully vaccinated, to wear a mask at school. It is a federal mandate that masks be worn on school buses.
We look forward to a great school year. If you have a question, call us at 586-723-2240, or use the ‘Contact Us’ button on our website.
Masks will be optional this fall. The wearing of masks will be determined by each family and individual. The Macomb County Health Department (MCHD) recommends that individuals, regardless of vaccination status, consider wearing a face covering while indoors, especially in crowded settings. CVS strongly recommends that students wear a mask in school.
CVS has up-to-date ventilation systems and filters that meet or exceed CDC recommendations for healthy airflow.
Masks on School Buses
The CDC requires masks on all public transportation, including school buses, regardless of vaccination status. All CVS students riding a school bus will be required to wear a mask.
Not required. Based on Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and CDC guidelines, individuals that are fully vaccinated and remain asymptomatic will not have to quarantine if they are determined to be a close contact. The MDHHS, the MCHD, and the CDC recommend that all eligible individuals get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Hand washing and hand sanitizer will be used frequently throughout the day.
All school breakfasts and lunches will be free of charge for all students this school year.
Chippewa Valley Schools is a member of the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA). We will follow their protocols and guidelines for our school sports programs. Information will come from your child’s school and coach.
Visitors at School
Visitors will be limited at school. Only essential visitors will be allowed.
Chippewa Valley Schools will work with the MCHD on contact tracing and COVID-19 reporting. We will maintain a COVID-19 Case Report on our website and will provide building level notification to staff and families.
Screening for Symptoms
Parents are asked to check their child each morning before sending them to school. Students that are sick should stay home from school.
Contact Tracing & Quarantines
CVS district nurses will work with the MCHD on contract tracing and will follow health department requirements for quarantines. Fully vaccinated students and staff who are asymptomatic will not be required to quarantine.
Cleaning & Disinfecting
Chippewa Valley Schools is committed to providing a clean and safe environment for our students, staff, and community. All student and staff areas will be cleaned and disinfected on a regular schedule.
Students enrolled in the Chippewa Valley Virtual Academy (CVVA) will receive a district-issued laptop and be taught by highly qualified CVS educators online.
Our plan for the 2021-2022 school year is five full days of traditional instruction with food service, recess, locker use, and a return to after-school activities.
August 10, 2021 Email to parents:
Return to School Updates:
Registration is taking place now for the 2021-2022 school year!
We are busy preparing for the return of our students this fall, and we have some important updates to share with you.
School starts Tuesday, September 7th
Here is a link to the 2021-2022 school calendar. Important welcome back events and meetings will be communicated by your child’s individual school buildings. Watch your email for the latest updates.
If you are not signed up for SchoolMessenger you can sign up in the Parent Portal.
Mask policies for students and staff
Masks are optional for students and staff in our school offices and summer programs. This fall students will return to the classroom full-time and our plan is to offer an optional mask policy. However, we want to remind families that current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that students over the age of two, especially those who are not fully vaccinated, consider wearing a mask indoors, including at school.
We ask everyone to respect each individual’s choice whether or not to wear a mask.
Vaccinations & Testing
Chippewa Valley Schools will not separate students by vaccination status or mandate testing for students and staff. While individuals are not required to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, those who have been fully vaccinated may be exempt from quarantine requirements.
We encourage all families to talk to their healthcare providers about the vaccine and strongly support those that are eligible to consider getting vaccinated.
The health and well-being of our students, staff, and families will always be our top priority.
In our ongoing effort to prevent the spread of the virus in our school community, we will continue our established cleaning and sanitation protocols, social distancing wherever possible, and utilize hand sanitizer and frequent hand washing throughout the day. In addition, as a result of previous bond improvements, our schools are equipped with updated air handling units with filters that meet or exceed current CDC recommendations for ventilation and healthy airflow.
Because we recognize that transparent information on COVID-19 cases in our schools is important to our community, we will continue to provide a COVID-19 case report on our website.
We will continue to work with the professionals of the Macomb County Health Department (MCHD) and follow mandates to ensure the continued safety of our students, staff, and community. Our district nurses will work closely with the MCHD on appropriate quarantine procedures and guidelines. We will carefully monitor the virus in our school community and will take any necessary precautions needed to prevent community spread. We will communicate any changes with you.
In-person learning for students K-12
Last year students had the option of attending school in person or live streaming their classes at home. With vaccination rates increasing, all students will now be required to attend school in person, unless they are currently enrolled in the Chippewa Valley Virtual Academy (CVVA). Only students that are required to quarantine as a result of COVID-19 illness or exposure will be afforded the opportunity to live stream their classes. All other students must attend in person unless they are sick or have an excused absence.
CVVA final registration and changes
CVS is opening a final registration period for the Chippewa Valley Virtual Academy (CVVA). Families that are interested in signing their children up for the CVVA for the 2021-2022 school year can still do so by filling out the registration form in their Parent Portal account called CVVA August Registration 2021. (Parent Portal Instructions). In order to sign up for the CVVA, a family must agree to a year long commitment to the virtual academy. Movement in and out of the program cannot be accommodated.
Families that signed their children up for the CVVA and now want in-person instruction, should email firstname.lastname@example.org to opt out. Families that signed up for CVVA, changed their mind and are on a waiting list for in-person classes, MUST send us an email to confirm they still want in-person learning at email@example.com.
Deciding whether your child should attend school in person or virtually is a personal decision. Please visit the CV Virtual Academy page for more information. Keep in mind that enrollment in the CVVA is a year-long commitment.
Virtual programs and courses will only be available if we have enough requests to offer the class.
All changes must be completed by Monday, August 16th, to allow time to create student schedules and provide adequate staffing. All CVVA students will receive a district-owned laptop device to use.
Athletics & MHSAA Guidelines
Chippewa Valley Schools is a member of the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA). As members, we will follow the recommended policies and guidelines of the MHSAA to keep our student athletes safe. Those policies will be communicated to parents by their individual schools and coaches.
1:1 technology for all students
Throughout the pandemic technology played an integral role in student learning. This school year CVS is excited to offer all K-12 students their own laptop device. Grade specific expectations will be provided as we get closer to the beginning of the school year. Our Technology Department has developed a new tech newsletter for parents and will provide parents with technology nights so families can become familiar with this new initiative.
Thank you for your support
We want to thank our families for their ongoing support and understanding as we work to ensure that every CVS student receives an outstanding education. We look forward to welcoming you back to school this fall.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at 586-723-2240.