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Phase 1-3

When Schools are in Phase 1-3 

of MI Safe Start Plan

The Phase 1-3 state designation reflects an increased and substantial spread of COVID-19. During this phase, school buildings are closed other than for employees or contractors necessary to conduct minimum basic school operations.  Gov. Whitmer’s Safe Schools Return to School Roadmap has been used a guide to assist in planning for the new year.

In addition to the remote learning offered by the district in Phase 3, a separate option of the UCS Virtual Academy is provided for parents who seek a full, on-line alternative. More information on the UCS Virtual Academy is available at this link.

  • No in-person instruction, remote only
  • Athletics, after-school activities, inter-school activities and busing are suspended.
    • Food distribution will continue for eligible students.
    • School buildings are closed to all individuals except for:
      • District employees
      • Contractors necessary to conduct basic school operations
      • Food service workers
      • Licensed childcare providers and the families they serve
 Instruction (Parallels
Phases 4-6)
  • All students will receive a device
    • Kindergarten and first graders – iPad
    • Second grade through twelfth grade – Dell laptop
  • Single sign-on 
  • Schoology is the learning management system.
  • "Asynchronous Instruction"
    • Students complete independent work.
    • Teachers provide pre-recorded lessons.
  • "Synchronous Instruction"
    • Students meet virtually with their class at a scheduled time.
    • Teachers provide “live” whole group, small group, and/or one-on-one sessions. 
  • Allocation of Instruction Minutes
Type of instruction
Allocation of instructional minutes
 Total of daily instructional minutes
 4-6 hours each day
 Asynchronous instruction: Students spend approximately 2-3 hours on independent work over the course of the day.
 2-3 hours each day
Elementary: 20-45-minute segments per content area
Secondary: 45-60-minute segments per course

*Instructional minutes may need to be adjusted to align with Pupil Accounting Requirements.

 Mental Health, Social-Emotional Health and Cultural Proficiency
(Parallels Phases 4-6)
  •  Well-being refers to a state of overall mental and physical health, resilience, regulation of emotions, strength, and the ability to develop relationships with self and others. 
  • Connections help us to know how students are doing and what help they may need.
  • Daily/weekly check-ins allow for a deeper connection to occur and allows for teachers to know if students need additional social-emotional or academic support.
  • Utica Community Schools will refer families to Macomb Family Services for mental health screenings when necessary. 
    School staff will reference the guidelines outlined in the District Mental Health Card regarding identification and rapid referral of at-risk students to appropriate supports, such as the school counselor, social worker, psychologist or outside agency. 
  • Grades are assigned following Board Policies 5115, 6205 
  • Consistent with in-person, remote, or virtual 
 Attendance and Participation
  • Monitored within the district platform
  • Student absences need to be reported
  • May need to be adjusted to align with Pupil Accounting requirements
 Specially Designed Instruction (Parallels Phases 4-6)
  • Specially designed instruction includes consideration that are common to specific programs and services such as self-contained classrooms, resource room, or Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) courses.  
  • Emphasis on individual decision making through the IEP team is required by law, under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), to assure all students with IEP’s receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) in their least restrictive environment (LRE).
  • Students with disabilities are considered general education students first. Special education and general education teams work closely together to assure that students have full and equal access to curriculum. Learning activities and environments are designed with all learners in mind.
Early Childhood and Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) 
  • Early childhood remote programs will be made available to interested families.
  • Great Start Readiness will be available for remote instruction.
 Adult Education and English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Adult Education and English as a Second Language programs will continue instruction within the remote environment.  
 Food & Nutrition Services
  •  Students will have access to breakfast and lunch at twelve distribution sites, including three off campus locations
  • Meals will be prepackaged and in compliance with USDA regulations
  • Students with documented food allergies will be accommodated accordingly