March 17, 2021

SAS Instructional Model Update (4th-12th)

Saline students who attend Heritage School, Saline Middle School and Saline High School have additional learning opportunities available the week of March 22, 2021. Please review the letters below, which include details from building administration. 

Message from Heritage School: 

Dear Heritage Families,

On Wednesday, March 10th House Bill 4048 that requires Districts to offer 20 hours of in-person instruction by the week of March 22nd was approved by Governor Whitmer. School districts across Michigan are now determining what funds are tied to this requirement. There are a number of variables that determine how much funding a District will receive. For SAS, we estimate we will receive an additional $1.8 million in funding if the requirement is met.

SAS will already be offering 20 hours of in-person instruction by March 22 to students at Harvest, Pleasant Ridge, Woodland Meadows and Saline Alternative High School. We will make some slight adjustments at Heritage, Saline Middle School and Saline High School during the week of March 22nd only in order to qualify for this additional funding, but not jeopardize our plan of safely returning all students who want 4-day a week in-person instruction at Heritage, SMS and SHS beginning the week of April 5th.

Here is how we will modify the instructional model the week of March 22 for Heritage School:

  • Normal Hybrid week Monday (March 22) - Thursday (March 25). Blue/Gold days remain intact.
  • Friday, March 26 - All students will be offered an optional Transition Day at Heritage School

Here is what we have planned for March 26:

  • 8:30 Arrival 
  • Breakfast and lunch provided
  • Morning Zoom attendance with classroom teacher
  • Academic Engagement (students should bring their chromebooks, headphones and chargers, please)
  • Recess and movement breaks
  • Movie:  The One and Only Ivan
  • 3:44 Dismissal (students may ride the bus or must be picked up by 4:15 pm)

LOGISTICS

  • In order for us to plan the logistics of this day, we ask for any student who plans to attend, to sign-up using the following form. We will have plenty of staff on-hand to support our students.
  • Students will check in and are assigned a classroom/workspace. On their Chromebook (device), they will begin with their normal synchronous lesson check-in with their teacher to set the stage for the school day.
  • On this day, for students being dropped off, we ask that students come no earlier than 8:30 AM and be picked up no later than 4:15 PM.
  • Transportation will be running their normal bus routes and ANY student who chooses to come on this day, may ride the bus if they are in the bussing zone(mask required). 

We would love to see you at Heritage on March 26th!  Please let us know if you plan to attend by completing the form that was emailed no later than Tuesday, March 23rd at 4 pm.

Thank you for your ongoing support,

Megan DeGrand, Heritage Principal

Musetta Deneen, Heritage Assistant Principal

Message from Saline Middle School and Saline High School

On Wednesday, March 10th House Bill 4048 that requires Districts to offer 20 hours of in-person instruction by the week of March 22nd was approved by Governor Whitmer. School districts across Michigan are now determining what funds are tied to this requirement. There are a number of variables that determine how much funding a District will receive. For SAS, we estimate we will receive an additional $1.8 million in funding if the requirement is met.

SAS will already be offering 20 hours of in-person instruction by March 22 to students at Harvest, Pleasant Ridge, Woodland Meadows, and Saline Alternative High School. We will make some slight adjustments at Heritage, Saline Middle School, and Saline High School during the week of March 22nd only in order to qualify for this additional funding, but not jeopardize our plan of returning all students who want 4-day a week in-person instruction at Heritage, SMS, and SHS beginning the week of April 5th.

Here is how we will modify the instructional model for the week of March 22 for Saline High School:

  • Normal Hybrid week Monday (March 22) - Thursday (March 25). Blue/Gold days remain intact.
  • However, ALL students will be offered the optional opportunity to attend school in-person throughout this entire week on their “off” hybrid days in a Learning Lab environment. Ex: A blue student who normally attends in-person on Monday and Wednesday of each week, may still attend in-person on Tuesday and Thursday this week.
  • This will provide an opportunity for students to be in the building for the entire 4-day week and help with their transition back to 4-day a week in-person instruction after Spring Break on April 5.

LOGISTICS

  • If interested please fill out the form included in the original email. This will be necessary so that we are prepared for the additional students.  
  • Students check-in at the Media Center and are assigned a classroom/workspace. On their Chromebook (device), they will begin with their normal asynchronous hybrid off-day plan
  • Students will eat lunch during normal lunch periods. We will add additional lunch tables to space out the additional students in the building.
  • On this day, Saline High School students may be dropped off at 7:30 AM and will need to be picked up by 3:00 PM.
  • Transportation will be running their normal routes and ANY student who chooses to come on this day may ride the bus if you are in the bussing zone.

Thank you for your ongoing support,

David Raft, Saline High School Principal 

Laura Washington, Saline Middle School Principal