Weekly Update
May 1, 2020
MANS Services Survey
If you have not already responded, please take a moment to help MANS understand your current and future needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic and into the future.

Faith Filled Schools
This week we celebrate our member schools and the hard work they have put in to make sure that learning continues through the school closer and the COVID-19 crisis. The MANS staff wants to thank you!

COVID-19 Updates
Frequently Asked Questions
MANS is compiling questions and answers on COVID-19 inquiries. The FAQ page will be continually updated as guidance is received.

U.S. Department of Education released Providing Equitable Services to Students and Teachers in Non-Public Schools under the CARES Act Programs
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) established the Education Stabilization Fund (ESF) which provides funding to schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are two funding sources relevant to non-public schools: the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund and the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) fund. Both require equitable services to non-public schools. The Office of Non-public Education released a Frequently Asked Questions document, answering questions on how funding will be provided to non-public schools. Funding will be allocated to nonpublic schools on a proportionate basis meaning that nonpublic schools will be able to access funding based on the percentage of nonpublic school students in a particular school district.
There are twelve allowable uses for the ESSER funding. Your request must fall within one of the twelve eligible uses.  Click here to review the allowable expenses and click here to view your LEA's allocation. Consultations with your LEA regarding your needs should begin now. 

We are waiting for further analysis from the Council of American Private Education (CAPE) and the United State Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and will share more as it is received.  

Flushing Plumbing Before Returning To School
Due to the school closure for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, the drinking water system within a school building will not be used for an extended period until class resumes. Water stagnation may affect the quality of drinking water; therefore, flushing is an essential procedure for water quality management

CDC Updated Symptoms
The Center for Disease Control has updated the symptoms of COVID-19 to include sore throat, muscle aches, headache, and loss of taste and smell.

Distance Learning Support and Professional Learning
Michigan State Office of K-12 Outreach Distance Learning Resources
The Michigan State University Office of K-12 Outreach has compiled a list of resources for distance learning.

Michigan Virtual Mental Health and SEL Resources
Michigan Virtual is providing students, teachers and families with FREE access to their Michigan Cares Portal. This online platform houses hundreds of lessons designed to help children develop the skills required for social, emotional, and mental well-being.

FACTS Education Solutions Webcasts
FACTS Education Solutions has hosted a number of webinars regarding distance learning. They have recorded them and can be found at the link below.

MANS and MESC Updates
Learning Forward Cohort and Standards Assessment Inventory
The Michigan Equitable Service Collaborative (MESC) is excited to partner with Learning Forward to offer Michigan non-public schools the opportunity to participate in both the Standards Assessments Inventory and the Learning Leaders Cohort. These two opportunities will allow leaders to have an in-depth look at the professional learning occurring in their buildings and how they align with the Learning Forward Professional Learning Standards.

One Michigan One Mission Conference - October 15-16, 2020
Come October, we will be ready to come together as Christian educators and church workers to celebrate the work of the Lord. Make sure to mark your calendars for October 15-16, 2020 for the One Michigan One Mission Conference in Lansing, Michigan. Visit the MANS website for more information regarding lodging and Keynote Presenters.

Non-public School Partner Update
Christian School Management: Philanthropy Retreat
August 11-14, 2020 - Grand Rapids, Michigan
Grand Rapids Christian invites Development Director/Principal/Fund-raising Professional/Board Volunteer for a Christian Schools Management philanthropy retreat in Grand Rapids.

Colleges and Universities Join to Encourage Fall Enrollees
Associations representing 40 of Michigan’s public and independent non-profit higher education institutions have partnered to create a joint fact sheet which provides names of key points of contacts, phone and email information, and web sites with up-to-date admissions details

Student Engagement Opportunities
The Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools (MANS) and Michigan District-LCMS are proud to sponsor ArtPraise: A Faith-Based Student Art Competition taking place October 15-16, 2020 at the ONE Michigan ONE Mission Conference. Students who are ages Pre-K – Grade 12 currently attending a MANS member school are invited to create an original piece of art in any medium reflecting this year’s theme “One community in Christ.” Conference participants will vote for their favorite art submission Thursday and prizes for the top three winners will be awarded Friday.

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