COVID-19 Update Center

Updated April 30 @ 12:22 pm

Governor Whitmer has ordered public schools in the State of Michigan to close for the 19-2020 school year

Oakridge Families,

We have rolled out our Remote Learning Plan (RLP) the school district. Please click this link to view.

Sincerely,

Tom Livezey
Superintendent

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Task Force for Teaching and Learning

Purpose:

Develop fun, engaging, and educational activities and materials to support parents and students during the Governor’s School Shutdown.

Chair:

Pollie Gilchrist
Director of Academic Programs
pgilchrist@oakridgeschools.org
231-788-7111 office
231-670-7984 cell

Please visit the Oakridge Learning From Home Website

GSRP & ECSE CHROMEBOOKS: We will be distributing Chromebooks and packets to GSRP/ECSE students only on Thurs. April 23rd, from 10 am – 12 pm at the Lower Elementary bus loop! Materials will be handed out “drive-thru” style so please remain in your vehicles. Chromebooks are individually prepared and assigned to students. If you have not been in contact with your child’s teacher to ‘sign up’ for a Chromebook, please contact the main office of the Lower Elementary at 788-7600 to get your child’s name on the list!

Free or Low Cost Internet for Qualifying Families:

  • In response to COVID-19 developments, some internet providers are offering free services to low-income families and households with students.  Please click this link or visit the technology page on the Learning at Home Website – (technology section) for qualifying opportunities.

Thanks to everyone who submitted shelfies (selfie with a book) with the hashtags #13reads #magicofstorytelling  #oakridgereads on Instagram (please keep doing so). For every selfie with a favorite book Disney will donate one book to First Book (First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books, educational resources, and other essentials—including coats, snacks, and hygiene kits—to educators serving children in need).

​​​​​​​If you would like to share pictures or video your work, please email Kyle Gilbert krgilbert@oakridgeschools.org  or Facebook message the District Facebook Page.  If you have any questions or comments please feel free to reach out to me directly at pgilchrist@oakridgeschools.org or 231.670.7984.

 

Task Force for Student Meal Provision

Purpose:
Coordinate, prepare, and distribute meals to Oakridge students throughout the community.

Co-Chairs:

Kristie Long
Director of Food Service
klong@oakridgeschools.org
231-788-7321 office
231-740-9226 cell
Jake Hunt
Director of Transportation
jhunt@oakridgeschools.org
231-788-7113 office
616-255-6891 cell
Rick Ruel
Director of Meal Sites
rlruel@oakridgeschools.org
231-788-7317 office

 

NOTE #1: Per Federal approval, Oakridge will serve meals (breakfast/lunch) to all children ages 18 and under for FREE. This includes students with disabilities ages 18-26 with an active IEP. This will continue throughout the Governor’s School Shutdown.

NOTE #2: Local restaurants/nonprofits desiring to provide dinners to students who have been identified by Oakridge staff as food insecure in their home, may contact Melissa Corbitt at 788-7525 Monday – Friday 10am – 2pm to coordinate such efforts.

Note #3:  If your family is unable to pick-up meals from the meal sites at the designated times/locations, or coordinate with your neighbor, you may complete this form (link) or contact Melissa Corbit at mcorbit@oakridgeschools.org or 788-7525 to request FREE delivery or other special accommodations.

Meal locations

Here is a link to all locations in Google Maps

  • Egelcraft Mobile Home Park – 2129 Arrowhead Dr.
    Our school bus will be parked near the clubhouse near the intersection of Ironwood Ct and Arrowhead Dr.
  • Apple Carr Village – 516 Courtland Lane
    Our school bus will be parked in the open space in the new vacant north section along Braeburn Drive.  Traffic should enter from Hall Rd., proceed south on Braeburn Drive to approach our school bus. Then, continue down Braeburn after meal pick up.
  • Maple Island Estates – 7321 White Rd.
    Our school bus will be parked near the Birch Tree St. entrance.
  • Oakridge High School – Bus loop
    Please enter the bus loop and drive toward the school bus at the end of the loop to obtain the meals then exit onto Hall Rd.
  • Holiday Park – 5700 Vine Ave.
    Take South Wolf Lake Rd. to Vine Ave.  Our school bus will park on the dirt loop near buildings.  Traffic can enter the dirt drive near the softball field then pull up towards the bus to obtain meals.  Cars can exit using the entrance closest to S. Wolf Lake Rd.
  • Jibson Immanuel Baptist Church – 7960 Evanston Ave.
    Traffic should enter the Church parking lot from Evanston then pull through the lot to the school bus to pick up meals, then exit on S. Sullivan Rd.

Schedule

Meal pick-up time is 11:30am – 12:30pm every Friday. You will receive 7 breakfasts & 7 lunches.

If your family is unable to pick-up meals from the meal sites at the designated times/locations, or coordinate with your neighbor, you may complete this form (link) or contact Melissa Corbit at mcorbit@oakridgeschools.org or 788-7525 to request FREE delivery or other special accommodations.

Task Force for Communication

Purpose:
Create and publish communication of district Task Force efforts during the Governor’s School Shutdown. Solicit and respond to community questions and requests for information.

Chair:
Kyle Gilbert
Director of Communications
krgilbert@oakridgeschools.org
231-788-7102 office
231-246-0046 cell

Task Force for Coordination of District Efforts

Purpose:
Serve as chief spokesperson and coordinator of district efforts while aligning district actions with county and state-wide Public Health recommendations.

Chair:
Superintendent Tom Livezey
tlivezey@oakridgeschools.org
231-788-7108 office/cell

 

FAQ for Oakridge Public Schools

Q:  What did the Governor announce?
A:  Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that in order to slow the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan, she is ordering the closure of all K-12 school buildings, public, private, and boarding, to students starting Monday, March 16 until the end of the school year. Governor Whitmer has also issued an Executive Order temporarily closing all non-essential businesses and suspending all non-essential travel.

Q:  Will employees get paid during the Governor’s Shutdown?
A:  Salary and hourly employees will be paid for their regularly assigned hours through the year.  

Q: My student left essential items at school.
A: See below section.

OAKRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL/MIDDLE SCHOOL/FUSION

Beginning Tuesday, April 14th, you may call the main office of the building your child attends at 788-7300 (High School/Fusion) or 788-7400 (Middle School).  You must tell the secretary the items you would like retrieved from their locker.  The item(s) will be allowed to be picked up from the main entry vestibule at a scheduled time.  We will only allow Essential Items of Learning to be retrieved/picked up.  These items include things like eyeglasses, Chromebooks, power chargers, or prescriptions from the office.  Other personal belongings will not be retrieved.  We will allow locker cleanout after the school year ends and the Governor lifts the Stay Home order.

OAKRIDGE UPPER/LOWER ELEMENTARY/GSRP/ECSE

Beginning Tuesday, April 14th, please contact your child’s teacher regarding scheduling a time to pick up your child’s Essential Items for Learning. Your child’s teacher will then ask for specific information about the item(s) and their location and will schedule a time for you to pick up those items. The items will be retrieved on behalf of your child, labeled, and brought to the main office vestibule. We will only allow Essential Items for Learning to be retrieved/picked up.  These items include things like eyeglasses or prescriptions from the office.  Other personal belongings will not be retrieved.  We will allow desk/locker cleanout after the school year ends and the Governor lifts the Stay Home order.

Q: Will Oakridge provide breakfast and lunch during the Governor’s Shutdown?
A: Yes, Oakridge will provide meals to all students.  See section above under “Task Force for Meal Provision.”

Q: Will we still be able to have our contractors here working on performance and bond items?
A:  No. Bond and Performance Contract work is on hold due to the Executive Order against travel.

Q: Are all athletic sport games, practices, and activities cancelled?
A: Yes. 

Q: Will the end of the 3rd Marking Period for Oakridge Middle and High School still be March 27th?
A:  The third MP will end Friday, April 17 for all students.

Q: Will any online instruction take place?
A:  The Task Force for Teaching and Learning is working hard to develop our very own, tailored, Remote Learning Plan to finish the school year.  More details yet to come, but for now, visit the Oakridge Learning From Home website for some learning materials.

Q: Will this push back the end of school further into summer?
A: It is still too early to determine if the school year will be extended due to the Governor’s School Shutdown.  The Legislature has discussed bills forgiving school days during the Governor’s School Shutdown but those bills are still under consideration.

Q: My K-12 student needs a device to access the District’s online resources during the shutdown.
A: Please contact your school’s secretary for assistance. Unfortunately, we do not have enough devices to provide to our pre-school programs.  We will accommodate ALL students with teaching and learning however it is necessary to do so.

Q: Are we requested to still hold planned IEPs?
A:  The Federal Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is still in the process of developing guidance in terms of IEP due dates and evaluation timelines.  As soon as we get this information, we will share it. At this time, ESU guidance is for all IEPs and evaluations to be placed on hold until school resumes.  

We are asking that case managers reach out to all the families that have scheduled special education meetings (IEPs, REEDs, PBSP, initials, re-evaluations, etc) during the time of our school closures.  At this time, we ask that you let families know that we will work to reschedule these meetings upon the reopening of school.  

Q:  Will the Teen Health Center be open while school is closed?
A #13:  The Oakridge Teen Health Center announced that it is being closed down its physical office until at least March 30th, per a recommendation from the CDC. The Health Center does have councilors available to students through telephone. Schedule an appointment by calling 231-733-6830.

Q: Will the Boys and Girls Club stay open?
A: No.

Q:  Will Oakridge continue to help with hygiene products and individual needs of at-risk students?
A:  Yes, please contact Shelby Mangan at smangan@oakridgeschools.org 

Q:  Will Muskegon County interschool mail operate during the Governor’s Shutdown?
A:  Interschool mail delivery will be suspended Monday, March 16th through Friday, April 3rd.   If you have items for the MAISD Business Office, please scan/email them. The MAISD will be in the office on a limited basis but will have access to email and voicemail.

Q:  Will kids be taking the MSTEP State assessments in April?
A:   U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos announced that students impacted by school closures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can bypass standardized testing for the 2019-2020 school year. Upon a proper request, the Department will grant a waiver to any state that is unable to assess its students due to the ongoing national emergency, providing relief from federally mandated testing requirements for this school year.  Michigan has submitted its waiver request.

Q:  What about prom, Close Up, Chicago Trip, etc?
Q:  All activities, sports games, sports practices, rehearsals, and events have been cancelled for the remainder of the year. We will still honor the Class of 2020 in a special way this year.

Q: Does the district have any resources on how to speak with kids about COVID-19?
A: Please download such guidance here.

Q:  How are seniors going to graduate?
A:   On March 20, Governor Whitment made a press release giving some guidance on this topic.  She said, “I will be working in the coming days to ensure our seniors graduate and that no child is held back as a result of our ability to provide face-to-face instruction during the COVID-19 school closure.”  This press release was a response to the State Superintendent’s press release, which recommended specific action by the Legislature, including a statement, “With this public health emergency growing, the legislature will need to relax Michigan Merit Curriculum high school graduation requirements, teacher and administrator evaluation requirements, and other legal requirements.  It will also need to ensure that all public school employees, salaried and hourly; all contracted service providers, instructional and non-instructional; and all substitute staff members be paid during this period of emergency. This is an unprecedented time.”

Again, no actions or decisions were actually made by these statements.  Rather, it provides a vision of what should occur and how to get it done.

Q: I have more questions. 
A: With over 2,000 families in our District, we know there are many questions. Some of these we do not have answers to yet.  You can email me any questions at tlivezey@oakridgeschools.org.

 

Thank you for your continued understanding and patience during this evolving situation.

Tom Livezey
Superintendent