November 15, 2020
Dear MECHS Learners and Families,
COVID-19 URGENT UPDATE
Based on recent Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) orders we must employ our remote learning plan for ALL Meridian Early College High School face-to-face students. You can view this most recent order HERE: https://drive.google.com/file/...
Beginning Wednesday, November 18, 2020, face-to-face learning is paused through Wednesday, December 9th. MECHS will RETURN to face-to-face learning on Thursday, December 10th.
Effective Wednesday, November 18th, 2020, all learners are expected to follow our at-home learning plan below.
This order applies to Meridian Early College High School students ONLY
It is CRITICAL both students and families understand that in order to earn credit for courses, attendance in virtual classes AND completion of work is REQUIRED. Failure to complete these expectations may result in loss of credit and jeopardize graduation.
LEARNING AT HOME EXPECTATIONS:
Unlike the spring, remote learning WILL look different. PLEASE review these guidelines to ensure a rigorous and robust academic instruction.
With this temporary building closure, learners are REQUIRED to complete the following:
Learning will transition into a virtual format immediately following the closure using this schedule HERE.
Attendance and work completion is mandatory in alignment with the face-to-face course expectations.
Participation in virtual LIVE Zoom sessions are REQUIRED by this class schedule HERE.
School calendar breaks/vacation calendar will be followed
Grading timelines apply.
Learners will reach out to teacher’s via email or through LIVE sessions to ask for support.
Instructors will respond in a timely and concise manner during regular school business hours of 8:05AM-3:00PM.
Please make sure to review our Continuity of Learning Plan HERE or visit: https://www.merps.org/o/early-college-high-school/page/resources-learning-at-home
Similar to our building closure, all athletics and extracurricular activities are suspended effective immediately until Thursday, December 10, 2020.
Weekly LIVE MECHS Updates with Mrs. Mager will resume on Monday, November 16 at 5PM on FACEBOOK LIVE and INSTAGRAM LIVE on Thursday, November 18 at 1PM.
Email will continue to be the PRIMARY form of communication. PLEASE check your email daily to ensure you are staying in touch with MECHS.
Grading will follow the same expectations as on campus, face-to-face courses.
Assessments will be conducted remotely. It is critical you are attending your LIVE virtual Zoom courses to ensure you are completing these assignments as assigned.
Technology and Learning Platform:
All of our learners, grades 9-12, have their own personal laptop devices. If you require any technology support during this time, please email email@example.com or call 989.687.3300. All Meridian Public Schools students use an online digital platform, ECHO, to complete daily course work and support instruction. As a family member, you also have ECHO access. Forgot your log in? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for support.
No internet access? Under the most recent MDDHS orders, MECHS can be open to support internet connectivity. More information on building hours, etc to support internet needs will be released soon.
MECHS faculty and staff are here to help! Learning at home is not the same as learning at school or virtual/online learning. Counseling staff is available to support your child’s mental health and well-being. In addition, academic and career counseling staff is also here to support your post-secondary planning. To access any of MECHS Student Support Services, please fill out the request form HERE: http://tinyurl.com/mechshelp
In the event of learning at home, faculty is available via email and phone to provide support or to schedule virtual office hours. Find a list of email addresses and phone numbers HERE: tinyurl.com/mechsstaff .
Off campus CTE and Vocational Programs:
As 9-12th grade buildings, all face to face CTE and vocational programs are also suspended through December 9th. Please make sure to check your email to ensure that you are aware of these programming expectations.
Meals will be available for pick up on Mondays from 4PM-6PM at MECHS beginning Monday, November 23. To sign up for free meals, please fill out this form HERE. Meal pick up is available for ALL MECHS students, but families MUST sign up to receive meals.
MECHS stands together with your family to provide continuous learning for your child. Visit https://tinyurl.com/mechscovid for an easy to access learning at home resource page. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with additional questions or concerns: email@example.com or 989.687.3300. Thank you for your continued support as we navigate these challenges together.