Continuity of Learning Plan

Comstock Public Schools
Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plan (COLP)


Welcome to the CPS Continuity of Learning Plan (COLP) for implementation beginning Monday, April 20, 2020, and concluding on Wednesday, June 10, 2020.

Download finalized Continuity of Learning Plan:
docx Comstock COLP - MS Word
pdf Comstock COLP - PDF

COLP Overview by building
Comstock High School
Comstock Middle School
Comstock Elementary
Comstock STEM Academy
Compass High School
Comstock Early Learning Academy

The Plan is aligned to the state mandate for delivery of distance learning by Michigan public schools during the mandated school closure period. The Plan will enable our students to continue their learning during the school closure and not be required to make-up school days at the end of the mandated school closure period.

Each student’s participation in the Plan, to the extent they are able, is required. If a student is unable to participate in the Continuity of Learning Plan, please communicate with the building principal.

The CPS District and Building Administrators, along with instructional staff at each building level collaborated to create frameworks for remote teaching and learning, which included supporting teachers, students, and parents/caregivers as they transition from face-to-face, classroom-based teaching and learning to virtual or paper packet instruction that moves learning forward.

The COLP is customized, structured, and designed to meet the unique needs of our students in lower elementary grades, upper elementary grades, middle school, high school, and special education. It is not intended to replicate the structure and timeframes of a normal face-to-face school day.

Goals of the CPS Continuity of Learning Plan

 Our focus when creating and implementing the COLP is to provide:

  • manageable, appropriate, and accessible learning differentiated by age level and need
  • instruction to students in essential learning standards in order to move instruction forward through distance learning tools
  • families clear and consistent communication
  • structure and common expectations across the district, while remaining flexible 

Flexibility
Above all else, we strive for flexibility. Teachers will be flexible in terms of technical difficulties and deadlines, especially for submitted assignments. Students need to be flexible in how they structure and manage their time and in terms of technical difficulties and teacher response times. Parents/caregivers need to be patient and have grace with both students and teachers as they navigate teaching and learning in a remote environment. We appreciate everyone working together and doing the best they can in a unique situation for the good of our students and their learning.

Building Level Continuity of Learning Plans
Each building in the district has designed a customized Continuity of Learning framework that best meets the unique needs of students in their grade levels and departments. The frameworks are available for review by clicking on the respective link on the webpage. Pupils and parents/guardians will be notified via email, social media, the district website, and robotic phone calls of a plan. The students who do not have internet will receive a paper packet in the mail with a cover letter from their Principal. Students will be contacted by their teacher/case manager bi-weekly via phone or email to provide support with their learning and well-being.

Links to each Building Plan:

School Calendar for Continuity of Learning Plan
● Monday, April 20, 2020 - Wednesday, June 10, 2020 (Monday - Friday)
● No school on Memorial Day: Monday, May 25, 2020

Student Participation and Attendance

  • CPS requires students to participate in the district’s COLP from April 20, 2020 to June 10, 2020, or the remainder of the school year.
  • Students will be held harmless if they are unable to meet the district’s COLP requirements due to COVID-19. In such cases, students will be provided the opportunity to earn “credit” through an alternative method. Students unable to participate in the district’s COLP through the remainder of the school year should contact their building principal. If a student is unable to make contact, then the student’s parent/caregiver should reach out to the building principal.

Student Alternative Modes of Instruction
The district understands that remote learning will look different with students of different ages and in different homes. The district’s goal is to provide education in different ways to meet the unique needs of each student.

  • Teachers will provide learning for students that will include new content, and in some cases teachers may assign items of review to help solidify information that was taught earlier in the school year.

  • For students with devices and internet access, content will be made available through teacher managed Google Classrooms or other online platforms that are regularly used with our core curriculum. These online platforms for K-8 are iReady, Wonders, and TCI. Online programs for grades 9-12 will be through Google Classroom, HMD Literature, TCI, and Advanced Placement (AP) programs. Links to the online platforms can be found on our website at http://www.comstockps.org/parentsstudents.

  • Chromebooks will be available for checkout for Seniors who are taking courses required for graduation and students who need them for dual enrollment, EMC, or other county-wide programs.

  • For students without internet access or a device, content will be made available through paper packets that will be mailed home.

  • There will be no grading advantage, nor will there be any grading penalties for students based on their decision to use online platforms or paper packets. Grading will be handled as follows:

    • Pre-K-12: Teachers will check in with students bi-weekly on their progress and to provide support with their classes.

    • K-8 students will receive credit/no credit based on their grades before the shutdown and their completion of work during the remote learning period.

    • Seniors and students taking courses required for graduation will receive credit/no credit based on their grades before the shutdown and their completion of work during the remote learning period.

    • Seniors and students taking courses required for graduation may receive letter grades by sending an email or written request to the building principal.

    • The dual enrollment and/or EMC classes that our students are enrolled in will follow the new routines that are established by the professors at the post-secondary institution(s), which include transitioning to virtual classes, and new grading policies.

      ○ The High School Principal and Post-Secondary Dean will also collaborate with Kalamazoo RESA for CTE classes that are provided by Education for Employment and Education for the Arts and will follow the guidelines at this link.

  • The Special Education Department and case managers will be reaching out to students and families via email or phone to determine any student and/or family needs. Based on these conversations, IEP team members will document the communication and develop a contingency plan, in agreement with the family, to address extended learning plans for the remainder of the school year. Staff office hours will be established and shared with families to ensure frequent two-way communication takes place.

  • English Language Learners will be supported by our ESL staff. Students and staff who need support may reach out to our ESL Coordinator, Stacy Nieto, at nietos@comstockps.org.

  • Students who are in need of basic educational materials, such as pencils, paper, etc., can pick these up from the areas in the district where our food is delivered on Tuesday and Friday of each week.

Student and Staff Safety

To keep everyone safe, the district will continue to use, and students will be required to follow Board Policy 7540.03 - STUDENT NETWORK AND INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE AND SAFETY during the duration of this plan. All students and parents/guardians signed an acceptable use policy when they enrolled in our district. This policy is available here.

  • Teachers will be contacting their homeroom or caseload of students using Google classroom or via phone, email, or video. Additional staff, such as counselors, social workers, instructional coaches, and intervention specialists will also contact students to support them as needed.

  • Plans for each building will be posted on our website, and communicated via email, through the mail, and phone calls.

  • The district will follow social distancing guidelines and orders established by the governor for essential staff that need to enter the school buildings.

Plan to Monitor Learning
Comstock Public Schools encourages students and their families to be flexible and make the most of this time together. Students will have some traditional work assigned, but they will also be encouraged to work creatively during this time, which may include completing projects, writing research papers, reading books and playing games with other members in the household.

  • Students will be monitored by their classroom or caseload teacher via online platforms, email or by phone.

  • Most students will not need to return any papers to the school, which will help all of us stay safe by maintaining the social distancing guidelines.

  • Students who need to turn in work to receive credit for graduation will submit their completed work to their teacher online, or if students do not have internet or a device, they will drop off their completed work at the school office during a scheduled time. Students may also mail their completed work to their school.

  • Staff will track student and family contact on a communication sheet at each building in the district.

Social Emotional and Mental Health Support
Teachers will reach out to students by email or phone to check in on their well-being. In addition, the district’s team of social workers and counselors have caseloads and will continue to work with their respective students via email and phone. Also, the district has intervention specialists and behavior staff that will continue to reach out to their caseloads and help students as needed.

  • Support will be provided through phone calls, emails, mailings, and social media posts.

  • The district will continue to utilize its partnership with local mental health professionals, through the 31N6 grant, who will continue to work with their caseload of students at Comstock Elementary.

  • The social workers and counselors have posted videos and distributed helpful materials via email and through the mail.

Food Service
Comstock Schools will continue to provide breakfast and lunch to any child aged 18 and under as part of the USDA Unanticipated School Closure (USC) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Any child, or adult picking up meals for children, may participate in the food distribution and there is no sign up for the meal distribution. This program started on March 17, 2020 and is anticipated to end on June 12, 2020. The district will transition to the traditional SFSP on June 22, 2020.

Food Distribution Schedule
The food distribution schedule is every Tuesday and Friday via the following methods:

Comstock High School (2107 N 26th St., Kalamazoo, MI 49048) – drive up/pick up service for families to pick up meals and we put the meals for the child in their trunk from 11:30am – 12:30pm

Compass High School (3010 Gull Rd., Kalamazoo, MI 49048) – mobile bus route also serving Big Bend and Comstock Village with drive up/pick up service for families to pick up meals and we put the meals for the child in their trunk from 11:30am – 12:00pm

Big Bend Apartments (2220 Gull Rd., Kalamazoo, MI 49048) - mobile bus route also serving Compass High School and Comstock Village with drive up/pick up service for families to pick up meals and we put the meals for the child in their trunk from 12:10pm – 12:20pm

Comstock Village Apartments (5437 E H Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49048) - mobile bus route also serving Compass High School and Big Bend with drive up/pick up service for families to pick up meals and we put the meals for the child in their trunk from 12:40pm – 1:00pm

Celery St. Park (6294 Wright St., Kalamazoo, MI 49048) – Drive up/pick up service for families to pick up meals from 11:30am – 12:00pm; then mobile bus route also serving three rural neighborhoods in our district from 12:10pm – 1:00pm

Pavilion Estates Community (6830 E N Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49048) – door-to-door service utilizing two of the district’s vans from 11:30am – 1:30pm

Each mobile route/site has a set schedule for delivery and targets specific needs in the community. These routes are modified and changed based on on-going needs and requests. These sites are also listed on the MDE SFSP meal locator map and registered with 211 as meal access sites.

 Food distribution efforts are supported by food service associates and volunteers from the community. All food safety, personal distancing, CDC, and health department guidance is being followed and Kalamazoo County Health Department will be making visits to our food distribution sites to continue to educate and provide best-practice guidance.

Meals Provided
The daily meals include the following:
Breakfast: 1 grain, 1/2 C fruit juice, and 8oz milk for each meal
Lunch: Minimum 1 grain, 2oz meat/meat alternate, 1/2 C fruit, 1⁄4 C vegetable, and 8oz milk for each meal

On Tuesdays, the meal packs include breakfast and lunch for 3 days (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday) with the following components:
Breakfast: 3 grains, 3ea 1/2 C fruit juice, and 24oz. of milk
Lunch: 3-6 grains, 6oz. meat/meat alternate, 1 1/2 C fresh or canned fruit, 3/4 C fresh vegetable, and 24oz. of milk

On Fridays, the meal packs include breakfast and lunch for 4 days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday) with the following components:
Breakfast: 4 grains, 4ea 1⁄2 C fruit juice, and 32oz. of milk
Lunch: 4-8 grains, 8oz. meat/meat alternate, 2C fresh or canned fruit, 1C fresh vegetable, and 32oz. of milk