FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. How long will school be closed for?
– By executive order, the Governor has closed all school buildings in the State of Michigan through the end of the school year. Schools are to remain closed therefore until at least June 30th, 2020. We have every intention of resuming normal operations in the 2020-21 school year. As of now, the start date of next school year has not yet been determined.
2. Is Benzie Central doing “online learning” for students now?
– Our school district is working to create different learning opportunities to serve as a resource to families during this time. These vary by grade level and subject area. Our parents and students are encouraged to use these resources alongside other activities to help kids stay active and learning during this time. Check our website at www.benzieschools.net or follow us on Facebook / Instagram for resources as well.
3. Are kids being graded on the online learning provided by teachers?
– Learning opportunities continue to be provided for enrichment and to help our families keep our kids active and learning. These opportunities may be graded and feedback may be provided. But given the nature of these circumstances, student’s inability to participate may not be held against them and thus new work grades cannot hurt a student’s grades However, some opportunities for make-up work or other assessments that took place before the closure may be graded.
4. What is going to happen with grades for 2nd semester? Will kids be promoted to the next grade next school year if we miss more time?
– As noted in #3, grades will not be assigned for the second semester in 2020. All classes will be credit / no credit with no impact on GPA. Students can expect to continue to move on to the next grade level. For our high school students, class status will continue to be determined by credits earned. For students that were not passing courses at the time of the shutdown, credit will not be given for those courses unless arrangements may be made with the course instructor to complete missing work and/or re-take assessments.
5. What about seniors set to graduate? Will that still happen?
– As noted in #4, students will receive credit for courses for 2nd semester as long as they were passing when the shutdown took place and/or they have successfully met requirements as set forth with their teacher. Any senior who was on track to graduate and has completed requirements as set forth in the student handbook will still graduate. Commencement ceremonies, Honors Night, and other “milestone” senior events are postponed at this time, but rest assured, Benzie Central will seek alternative means of honoring our graduates in a different way and/or on a different timeline.
6. Can I come to the building to get personal items?
– All buildings are closed to the public and are only accessible to essential staff at this time. If you have left items in the building and those items are non-essential, we ask that you please wait until the governor releases the Stay at Home order to pick them up. If you need to retrieve something more critical – this would include something like medications or technology needed for learning purposes – then we ask you to please email your building principal. Contact info can be found on our website – www.benzieschools.net
7. What about meals? How is Benzie handling food service during this time?
– Benzie Central is doing delivery of meals using our bus routes, 2 days per week on Mondays and Thursdays. We are providing meals for ANY students in the district with this service, including children who do not attend our schools but live in our area. Simply go to your nearest bus stop during the delivery window and you can receive food directly at that time. Children need not be present. We only ask those picking up meals be healthy to protect our staff. This service will continue through the remainder of the school year.
8. When is meal delivery taking place?
– Deliveries will take place on Mondays and Thursdays through the remainder of the closure. This service is considered an “essential service” and will continue as long as the district is permitted to do so through the end of the school year. Delivery window takes place between 9AM and 11AM on our normal bus routes.
9. What if I miss the bus delivery or am not sure where to go?
– You may call the bus garage between 8:30 and 11:30 on those delivery dates with questions at (231) 882-5072. Pickup is also available at the Middle/High School, Lake Ann, and Betsie Valley from 11:00 – 11:30 curbside on those dates as well.
10. What is happening with state testing, SAT, and AP Exams?
– The state of Michigan is cancelling all state mandated testing for the 2019-20 school year. This includes the MStep, Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, SAT, ACT, and Workkeys assessments. District assessments such as NWEA will likewise not be taking place in this new remote learning environment. AP testing WILL take place in a new format designed to take place at home. The College Board, which oversees AP testing, and our AP instructors will be communicating with our AP students on timelines and procedures.
11. Will there be any extra curricular activities or sports taking place?
– No – the MHSAA has officially cancelled all remaining winter sports as well as the spring season for the 2019-20 school year. All other school activities are likewise cancelled in accordance with the Governor’s executive order.
12. Are counseling services still available for my child?
– Yes! Students / Parents can fill out the linked google form and one of our counseling staff will be in contact within 24 hours. https://docs.google.com/forms/