ANNOUNCEMENTS

Please see the following links for a sneak peak regarding the MAPS/MSHS and Superior Hills Starting up Safe videos being sponsored by Eagle Mine and produced by Carlsonmedia.  A huge thank you to Eagle Mine, Carlsonmedia, and all who contributed.  

MAPS / MSHS video: https://vimeo.com/465438314
Superior Hills video: https://vimeo.com/463231280


Message from Superintendent Saunders

October 29, 2020

Dear MAPS Faculty, Staff, Students, Parents and Community,

It has been brought to my attention a rumor is circulating that our district has been ordered to close and that I’ve refused. I can say unequivocally that this is not the case. The truth is, due to rising cases county wide and in our community, it's been suggested we consider closing to stem transmission of COVID. After a meeting on October 19th with UPHS and MCHD officials, I inquired if the data being shared was to be interpreted as an order to close? The answer I received back was that that decision would remain up to the Board of Education. It was further suggested by one official that I prep our Board that a closure could be imminent. Anyone who watched local newscasts or read headlines in the paper saw that I did just that.

Since the beginning of this school year, MAPS has been completely transparent in posting probable and positive cases to our COVID dashboard located on our website. Outside of these cases, hundreds of students and staff have been quarantined as precautionary measures. Important data, not found on our website, is the amount of transmission occurring within our district. Outside of our first reported cases, those that occurred at Superior Hills Elementary School, our district has experienced no reported transmission of COVID from student to student, student to staff, or staff to student. As you will remember, when we did have transmission at Superior Hills, MAPS closed the building in partnership and under the purview of the Marquette County Health Department.

If MAPS is ordered to close by one of our local partners, we will comply with that order without question or hesitation. If we experience an inordinate number of cases or transmission within the schools, we will immediately close classrooms, buildings, or the entire district. We review these numbers on a daily basis and post all required COVID-related data as soon as we are aware.  The MAPS Board of Education will continue to receive local and district data, such as the number of active cases within our school system, and perhaps more importantly the transmission of COVID between attendees, to guide their informed decision on whether the district continues to offer face to face learning or move entirely online.

Our district is currently educating over 2600 students face to face, an obvious priority for those families and school aged children. Please know, the safety and security of these students, combined with our 400 employees, remain our highest priority. In my opinion, with the safety measures and cleaning protocols we have in place, and based on our current data, our school system remains a safe place to learn. My perspective could easily change tomorrow, but for today, I stand by this statement.

I must also note, what our employees and students have accomplished to this point is nothing short of amazing. They come ready to educate or learn, they are wearing masks, wiping down surfaces, and social distancing to the best of their ability. They are succeeding in the most challenging environment they’ve ever faced. They are all heroes in my book!!

If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. Sincerely,

Sincerely,

William B. Saunders
Superintendent

Message from Superintendent Saunders

October 2, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Today at 3:00 p.m. the Upper Peninsula, region 8, was moved back to phase 4 of the MI Safe Start Plan. Our school buildings are starting to receive calls of what impact this may have on students in the Marquette Area Public Schools? In short, our plans for face to face instruction were designed around the phase 4 guidelines. Almost point by point, we are already covering the state’s recommendations for this phase.  Face to face instruction will continue pending review by the MAPS Board of Education at its October 19th meeting. 

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind families that as a district we must remain vigilant in our approach to maintaining a safe and healthy environment. Students and staff will continue to wear masks at all times in classrooms and common areas. Only if outside and during lunch, and with six feet or more of social distance, are masks allowed to be removed for breaks. We will also keep to a strict schedule of cleaning and disinfecting; providing time in the school day for hand wash and hygiene; and cleaning desk tops, handrails, door knobs and other commonly touched surfaces on a regular schedule. 

If everyone continues to do their part, it is our hope that our schools will not become a source of transmission for this virus and that face to face education will remain a viable option for those families who’ve selected it.

Please stay safe and stay healthy.

Sincerely,
William B. Saunders
Superintendent


School Board Announcement

MAPS Regular School Board Meeting of October 19, 2020 at 5:30 pm

Pursuant to Senate Bill No. 1108 and due to a risk of the personal health or safety of members of the public or the public body if the meeting were held in person, the October 19th Marquette Area Public School Regular School Board meeting will be held virtually through Zoom video conferencing at 5:30 pm with Board Members and Staff attending the electronic meeting in the same location.

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