Letter From Superintendent
Dear GPPSS Families, Staff and Students,
First and foremost, we appreciate your feedback and want to work with you to implement a safe and healthy start on September 8th. The Return to School Plan will continue to evolve. We know that the federal, state and local authorities are going to continue to provide guidelines through executives orders and legislation as they did this past March, when all schools and families were faced with the difficult shift to a virtual environment due to safety concerns regarding COVID-19. As educators and parents, all of us hoped that making this difficult shift abruptly last spring, would result in students and staff being able to return to school buildings safely and soon.
At this time, we believe it is better, safer and in everyone’s best interest to start Tuesday, September 8, 2020, in full remote learning with a gradual plan to bring everyone back.
As you know, this month Governor Whitmer’s Return to Learn Task Force issued a document encouraging all schools to focus on in-person instruction to the safest extent possible. GPPSS convened a taskforce of staff that created a robust plan with a face-to-face learning option, a hybrid learning option, and a 100% remote learning option. These plans have been shared with our staff and community. As leaders, we have been listening to feedback, adjusting those plans, and making decisions in the best interest of safety and learning for our students and staff.
This past week GPPSS committed to families to offer two options for our students this fall:
OneGP Virtual is an option open to families that feel that a fully virtual option would be best for their child for at least a semester.
GPPSS Traditional is an option that would pivot students between face-to-face, hybrid and 100% remote options as warranted by the current best thinking around student and staff safety.
As our administrative team has listened to our staff and students, observed the work of other districts and countries, and most importantly viewed the safety situation for our community, we have decided to recommend to the Board of Education that our GPPSS Traditional students begin the Fall 2020 school year in a 100% remote environment using the OneGP Virtual model. Please note the following:
OneGP Virtual will still proceed. Families will still notify the district of their preference.
While GPPSS Traditional will begin the year in a 100% remote environment, it is our intent that as the safety situation permits, students in this program will transition into a hybrid or fully face-to-face environment as soon as it is safe to do so. Here are the major differences between last spring’s experience and this fall’s for those electing GPPSS Traditional:
All students will have both synchronous (real time) and asynchronous instruction
GPPSS staff will design an opportunity for our students with the most need, including our at-risk students, students in our categorical special education programs, our youngest students, and others requiring the most support to return to some moderated version of in-person small group instruction opportunities soon after the start of the school year.
Additional time will allow more safety protocols to be reviewed and implemented (temperature checks, PPE selection, training)
Unlike this spring, our staff will have access to our buildings and learning materials
Childcare will be available for GPPSS staff and essential workers
Additional training on remote learning will be provided for staff, families and students
I know that the above information significantly impacts our children and families. While the decisions above prioritize the health and safety of our students and staff, we acknowledge educational opportunities for our students are more limited in a 100% remote environment. Additionally, our families that need or want their children to be physically in school due to student needs, or family or working situations, are impacted by this decision. This is not easy.
By making this decision now, our dedicated staff can work to ensure that the 100% remote learning opportunity we provide our students in GPPSS Traditional and One GP Virtual will move from surviving the emergency experience they had in the spring, to thriving this fall. The experience our students have remotely this fall will be consistent, robust and interactive. With over a month of planning time left before September 8, I am confident that our teachers and staff will be ready to provide both synchronous and asynchronous opportunities for our students starting from the first day of school.
We all want to get to full time in-person teaching and learning. We will follow the guidelines and safety protocols to get there. It is going to take a major flattening of the curve or a vaccine for full time in-person learning to happen. This is not easy, but we believe it is what’s best for kids. We need your support and help to make this happen.
Gary C. Niehaus
If you are a current GPPSS family and are interested in enrolling your student(s) in OneGP Online, please complete this OneGP Virtual Registration Form. If you do not complete the online registration for One GP Online between August 3-7, your student will be assigned to a face to face classroom for the 2020-21 school year.
If you live within the GPPSS boundaries, but your student is not currently enrolled in GPPSS, please complete the residency and enrollment process first.
ONEGP Virtual Q&A
GPPSS 2020-21 Learning Options
- GP Traditional
- OneGP Virtual
Families within the Grosse Pointe Public School System are familiar with the GP Traditional experience. Families who elect to participate in face to face instruction will be in that environment with the additional precautions outlined in the Safety Plan. A high level overview of the safety plan (masks, handwashing, additional spacing) has been provided and the district will continue to release updated information based on CDC and Health Department guidelines, as well as answer questions and respond to feedback from staff and families. The hybrid option will be implemented upon direction from the Governor. Our OneGP Virtual Learning Plan is described below.
OneGP Virtual Video
GPPSS Learning Formats
As we start the school year, both GP Traditional remote and OneGP Virtual learning options for GPPSS students and families will provide a more consistent, clear and robust experience than the one GPPSS students experienced in response to emergency building closures at the end of the 2019-20 school year. Please open This PDF document for a quick comparison, with additional details in the FAQ online.
OneGP Virtual Quick Facts
All OneGP Online courses are taught by our amazing teachers, who are experienced in providing online and traditional education. Each course is designed specifically for online learning and meets the highest curricular expectations of the Grosse Pointe Public School System, while providing the flexibility needed by today’s families. This is a free virtual option for all GPPSS students in grades Young Fives through 12th grade for the 2020-21 school year.
OneGP Virtual Students will:
- take all coursework through OneGP Virtual School with GPPSS teachers
- engage in interesting and rigorous coursework and gain experience with online classes in a supportive environment
- receive flexible delivery options to support all students, including those who are homebound or have an IEP or 504 plan
- be able to participate in extracurricular/athletics outside the traditional face-to-face academic day
- need access to a device that meets the district standards (10” screen, keyboard, internet access, speaker, microphone, camera). The District will follow BYOD initiative and will encourage all families to purchase their own device. If a family has a financial need, the District can provide a device through email request to email@example.com or a call to 313-432-3131.
Students enrolled in OneGP Virtual, who qualify for special education (with an IEP) or who have a 504 Plan, will meet with their IEP or 504 team to establish what programs, services and/or accommodations will be provided while in OneGP Virtual. Reading Support will be provided by Literacy Coach for students that qualify. Social Emotional (SEL) lessons will be embedded throughout the OneGP Virtual instructional day. The OneGP Virtual program may be challenging for students needing specialized instruction, related programs & services, and much adult assistance. To discuss this option further, please follow up with a special education provider or administrator.
The intent of OneGP Virtual is to replicate the traditional learning experience as much as possible, with an understanding that many activities will be done in asynchronous and synchronous settings.
- GPPSS is requesting families make a year-long commitment.
- If a family who enrolls their student(s) in the OneGP Virtual School decides the experience is not for them, they will be allowed to request to return to face-to face instruction at the end of the first semester (January).
- Families will need to notify the district in November of their request to return to face-to-face instruction
- Students returning to face-to-face instruction during the middle of the school year may not be able to return to their home school, depending on space and teacher availability
- OneGP Virtual school will be staffed with GPPSS teachers. Counselor, Social Work, Technology and Administrative staff will be assigned to support the teaching and learning in our OneGP Virtual School based on enrollment.
OneGP Virtual FAQ
FAQ Frequently Asked Questions - (Updated 8-7-2020)
Return To School FAQ
Magnet Multiage FAQ
OneGP Virtual Courses
ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies and one Special
ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies and one Elective. If a student selected elective through the course selection process last spring is not available, families will be contacted to identify an alternate elective(s)
English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Elective(s)- one or two electives. If a student selected elective through the course selection process last spring is not available, families will be contacted to identify an alternate elective(s)
Sample Y5-12th Grade Student Instructional Day.
Actual course descriptions are being developed by GPPSS teachers and administrators now and will be posted soon.
Kids Club and Mid Club Reopening Plan
Tuition Based Early Childhood Reopening Plan
- July 27-29 - Presentation to Board of Education and Families
- August 3-7 - OneGP Virtual School Online Registration
- August 10-17 - OneGP Virtual Staff Selection Process
- August 18 - OneGP Virtual Staff Notified
- August 19 - September 8
- Planning, preparation and professional development
- TBD - Student and parent orientation
- September 8 - First day of OneGP Virtual is the same as Face to Face Instruction