School Closure Updates

Continuity of Learning & COVID 19 Response Plan
Posted on 05/26/2020
School Continuity of Learning & COVID 19 Response PlanClosedLeland Public School Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plan was approved by the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District on April, 10, 2020. It will go into effect on April 20, 2020.

LPS Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plan

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Tuesday, May 26

Dear Leland Families,

I have a few items to share with you this evening:

Last Day of School!
The last day of school for students will be Friday, June 5th. Teachers will continue to post new assignments until Friday, May 29th, and the week of June 1st-5th will be dedicated to closing activities for students. Your child’s teacher will be communicating information about final class meetings, virtual celebrations, and wrap-up activities with your child via Seesaw or Google Classroom.

Senior Academic Awards
A pre-recorded Senior Academic Awards program will be available for viewing the evening of Thursday, May 28th. A link to the program will be sent via SchoolMessenger to all Leland families on Thursday afternoon. The following morning, LPS teachers will be delivering the awards, a senior t-shirt, and the traditional celebratory Cheese Shanty lunch to students in the Class of 2020. Parents of the Class of 2020 are also planning a drive-by community celebration for their children in the Leland Harbor at 7 PM on Friday, May 29th.

Student Belongings
We are preparing to reunite students with any belongings left at school. Leland staff will be bagging student possessions left in lockers, cubbies, desks, and gym lockers next week. Once we have a better handle on how many bags we need to return, we will publish a pickup schedule based on last name. This will allow parents to claim possessions for their entire family with a single trip to school. Parents will be invited to drive-through our bus line to pick up the bags tagged for their children. Parents and students will not be able to enter the school building. Items not claimed will be disposed of at the end of published pickup times.  

School Belongings
While you are picking up your child’s belongings, you may also drop off ours!  A library return bin will be stationed outside during belongings pickup, and LPS families can plan on returning all library books and textbooks at this time.  

Families have the option to purchase their student's school-issued iPad for $90. Otherwise, families must return the iPads (and chargers) to the school by Thursday, June 11th. A letter from our Tech Team detailing procedures for returns and purchases of school-issued iPads is attached below.

LPS Meal Pickup
LPS will continue to provide free meals for children aged 0-18 through Friday, June 11th. Bags with multiple meals are available on Mondays and Thursdays from 11:00 AM -12:00 PM at three locations in the district: Leland Public School, St. Mary School, and Bingham Boat Launch. 

While Leland students will be finished with school on Friday, June 5th, Leland teachers will continue to work together through Thursday, June 11th.  We’ll spend those final days reflecting on what we’ve learned during remote instruction and considering how to retain the valuable understandings that have resulted during this time. During one of the Zoom calls I participated in last week, the speaker was warning schools not to “throw the baby out with the bath water” as they close out the year. Certainly, our staff  has gained some important insights on how to identify and meet the needs of our students, and it is exciting to know that we will be able to spend time figuring out the difference between baby and bathwater that week! We'll also take part in professional development and collaborative planning with an eye towards the 2020-21 school year.

What do you hope to learn or take away from this shared remote learning experience?

Jeanne Gross
Leland Public School


Here is the plan for families returning or purchasing student iPads:

  • Families have the option to purchase their student's school issued iPad for $90.
  • Otherwise, families must return the iPads (and chargers) to the school by June 11.

Return Details:

Student-issued iPads along with the charger and cable need to be returned to the school no later than Thursday, June 11.  The Technology Team will be onsite at the PAC entrance to the school to process returns Monday - Thursday from 10am - 2pm starting next week.  If lines of people or cars begin to form in the PAC parking lot we ask that everyone wear masks and practice social distancing.  Please be patient, we will inspect and document returned equipment one person per family at a time.  If families need to drop off equipment in a different time frame they need to call or email me to confirm alternative arrangements.

We will be sending out bills for missing or damaged equipment after June 11th.

Purchase Details:

Families may purchase their student's school issued iPads for $90.  This purchase offer is only good through June 11.  The Technology Team will be onsite at the PAC entrance to the school to process payments Monday - Thursday from 10am - 2pm starting next week. If lines of people or cars begin to form in the PAC parking lot we ask that everyone wear masks and practice social distancing.  We will process payments one person per family at a time.  If families need to drop off payment in a different time frame they need to call or email me to confirm alternative arrangements.

If people choose to pay with cash, please bring exact change only (we will not be able to make change).  If people choose to pay with checks, please make the checks payable to Leland Public School.  If people want to pay with debit or credit cards we will be able to process payments over the phone or onsite, but there will be a small surcharge (about $3) for processing.  Credit or Debit card payments can be called in to (231) 256-3815 or made onsite  Monday - Thursday from 10am - 2pm starting next week, but please be patient as we can only process one payment and one person at a time.

Payment Mail in option:

Make check payable to: Leland Public School

Write students names and grades on memo.

Mail to:

Attn. Technology Dept.
Leland Public School
PO Box 498
Leland, MI 49654

Student iPads will be wiped remotely and school software will be removed remotely after purchase is complete.  iPads are sold as-is with no warranty expressed or implied.  We will not accept purchases or payments after June 11th.

Sunday, May 17

Dear Leland Families,

I have a few items to share as we head into the week of May 18th:

LPS Class of 2020
Congratulations to the Class of 2020! Friday, May 22nd is the official last day of school for our fabulous and accomplished Class of 2020, and the celebrations have begun! 

    •    Last Wednesday, LPS seniors drove through a distribution line at school to pick up their caps and gowns. Socially-distant staff and parents lined Grand Avenue to celebrate their achievement!

    •    On Friday, local photographers volunteered to visit the homes of LPS seniors to capture “porch photos” commemorating their unexpected and individual experiences during the school closure. These photos will be shared with our school community during graduation. 

    •    Senior Academic Awards Night will be broadcast on Thursday, May 28th. A link to the program will be shared with the entire LPS community in a separate SchoolMessenger Alert next week. 

    •    Traditionally, the senior class celebrates graduation with a luncheon, and LPS will continue to honor this tradition with the delivery of a boxed lunch to the homes of LPS seniors the morning of Friday, May 29th. This delivery will also include the hardware from Academic Awards and senior t-shirts. :)

    •    Graduation is scheduled for Thursday, July 23rd at 7:00 PM, with a rain date of Friday, July 24th. While we hope to celebrate in a traditional way, the health crisis prevents us from knowing exactly what the graduation ceremony will look like. More information will be shared with seniors, parents, and the LPS community as it becomes available, but please mark the date!

LPS Meal Pickup
LPS continues to provide free meals for children aged 0-18 living in the district. Bags with multiple meals are available on Mondays and Thursdays from 11:00 AM -12:00 PM at three locations in the district: Leland Public School, St. Mary School, and Bingham Boat Launch. You do not need to reserve meals in advance, but completing this online meal request form helps us to plan accordingly.

Summer EBT for Children
The Summer EBT for Children (SEBTC) program will be providing free, healthy groceries to students in our district eligible for free and reduced-price school meals this summer.  Eligible students in our school district will receive an SEBTC Bridge Card pre-loaded with $30 worth of nutritious foods per summer month (June, July and August). Healthy foods such as milk, eggs, fresh fruits and vegetables are included in the food package. Families can use the SEBTC card in any WIC authorized store across Michigan. The SEBTC card and information about how to use it will be mailed to eligible households before the end of the 2019-2020 school year. More information is attached below.

REMC Personal Purchase Program
Staff, students, and families can receive education pricing on technology purchases through the REMC 2020 Personal Purchase Program. Several of the awarded vendors on the Regional Education Media Center (REMC) Device Purchasing Bid are offering discounts to staff, students and families on computers and accessories purchased for personal use. More information is attached below. 

Return to Learn Advisory Council
Governor Whitmer formalized a process for determining how schools may be able to reopen in the fall when she announced the formation of the Return to Learning Advisory Council. The panel will be comprised of students, parents, frontline educators, administrators and public health officials and will be tasked with providing the COVID-19 Task Force on Education with recommendations on how to safely, equitably, and efficiently return to school in the Fall. More information is attached below.

Anxiety and Coping with Coronavirus
We’re all on edge because of the coronavirus. Our daily lives have been disrupted, we aren’t sure what tomorrow may bring, and for many of us the nonstop news and social media coverage isn’t helping. Experts say that dealing with your own anxiety can be the most powerful way to make sure your kids feel secure. If you or your children are feeling worried, learning how to deal with that anxiety in a healthy way can help the whole family be more resilient, both now and when the pandemic is finally over. LPS parents, please know we understand how overwhelming the task is, and we celebrate and thank you for your partnership in education! 

One of the things I've enjoyed most during the school closure is learning about your child(ren)'s pets! I'm eager to meet their guinea pigs or chickens! I'd love to see their cats or dogs! I'll be amazed to capture a glimpse of your child(ren) riding their horse or tending their goats!  It seems that it's time to pull together a virtual LPS PET PARADE! Please share a few details and a photo of your pet, and stay tuned for the virtual parade! 

Can't wait to see what you share!

Jeanne Gross
Leland Public School

2020 REMC Personal Purchase Program 

SEBTC 2020 Parent Flyer.pdf 

EO 2020-88.pdf 

IMG_0146 2.JPG (photo credit: J. Hlavka)

Sunday, May 3

Dear Leland Families,

I have lots of good things to share as we begin the week:

Staff Appreciation Week
Nationwide, communities will be celebrating STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK! Each and every LPS staff member seeks to inspire students in all aspects of their lives. In many different ways and roles, LPS staff members encourage students to strive for greatness, and they motivate students to realize their full potential and to become the best that they can be. This week gives us a chance to recognize the LPS staff and to offer a sincere thanks for the work they do. 

Student Survey Results
LPS teachers distributed a survey to students last week to solicit feedback on the first two weeks of Active Learning instruction. Across the board, teachers received very similar responses: 75-85% of students are participating in learning every day; >80% report that the work assigned provides a comfortable level of challenge; 75% or more say that the work is taking the expected amount of time according to their grade level; and, while some report slow speeds, most students are able to manage the work assigned with their home internet connection. Teachers also asked students to suggest things that they would like them to continue or stop doing as they are posting lessons. The student feedback was helpful, and teachers will use this to inform their instruction going forward. Thanks to all of the students who took the time to respond. 

I would like to take a moment to provide some guidance for parents whose children are finding that the work is taking them longer than expected. The maximum times we have suggested for daily work are just as important as the minimum expected times, and it’s OK to stop when your child has had enough for the day! Teachers routinely monitor stress levels in the classroom, and they make adjustments accordingly. As parents, you have to be the eyes and ears for warning signs at home. With the exception of Advanced Placement students (who should be pushing as hard as possible in the final week before exams begin) your child(ren) should be striving to stay engaged, to tackle some school work each day to help cement a steady, healthy routine, and to reach out to their teachers when they run into unexpected struggles. When your child has  made a good effort, even if they haven’t completed every part of the lesson, encourage them to stop and submit the assignment to their teacher for feedback. A note explaining where they struggled will allow their teacher to reach out with individualized suggestions.  

Parent Connection Opportunity
The SEL Team continues to meet regularly. They are focused on reaching out to students who haven’t engaged yet, and they will be making calls this week to support those students who haven’t connected with their teacher(s). As part of the effort to provide social and emotional support to our families, LPS social worker, Kelly France, will be leading a Zoom connection opportunity for parents. She will be offering some tips and tricks on how to navigate social distancing. As Kelly points out, everyone has their own struggles and their own experiences at this time - those families with enough physical resources are finding themselves struggling emotionally. These feelings are normal as we grieve the loss of control over many areas in our lives. LPS parents are invited to connect with Kelly over Zoom this week on Wednesday, May 6th from 4:15-5:00 PM or Saturday, May 9th from 9:00-9:45 AM. Additional information, including the Zoom link, is attached to this message.

May is Reading Month at LPS!
Mrs Kelly is inviting our youngest readers to enjoy good books, explore, and have a little fun with their friends this month. The Leland Educational Foundation has generously funded an EPIC book order from Leelanau Books, and students in grades 1-4 are invited to join in the Library Learning Space in Seesaw to access the activities on the attached calendar!  

Congratulations to our Graduating Seniors!
Finally, CELEBRATIONS for the Class of 2020 kick off this week with the distribution of caps & gowns on Friday! The Class of 2020 will be receiving an invitation to drive through the pick-up line on Grand Avenue to grab their gear on Friday, May 8th at 11:00 AM. Senior parents - you can help by reminding your child to set his or her alarm that morning! :) Protective gear will be worn by LPS staff. Social distancing and the wearing of masks will be required. Watch for more information this week.

Even in the midst of a crisis, there are many things to celebrate. The outpouring of kindness and generosity by people near and far keeps me feeling optimistic. Knowing that we are together in our separateness brings me hope. The last attachment to this message provides some opportunities to consider the role of optimism during times of trouble. I have to admit that one of my favorite examples comes from Monty Python...

Always look on the bright side of life!

Jeanne Gross
Leland Public School

Week of May 4 Learning Opportunity.pdf 

Zoom Invitation for Parent Connection.pdf 

May is Reading Month.pdf 

Sunday, April 26

Dear Leland Families,

I have a few items to share as we head into the week:

Active Learning
Active Learning has been underway for a week now, and it is encouraging to see the number of students who are reconnecting with their teachers and classmates! I’ve attached a few pages from the CLP Action Plan outlining suggested minimum and maximum engagement times for elementary, middle school, and high school students. 

Please remember that learning at home will not look the same as learning at school! Our recommendation is backwards planning. Your first priority should be to establish a daily schedule that works for your family. From there, look for times where school work can fit easily into your day. The recommended length of sustained attention ranges from 5 minutes for kindergarten students to 35 minutes for high school students. Encourage your children to be active; frequent movement and activity breaks are healthy for body and brain!

Advanced Placement (AP) Parent Meeting
There will be a Zoom meeting on Wednesday at 6:00 PM for parents of Advanced Placement (AP) students to discuss the at-home exams scheduled to begin on May 11th. Please watch your email for an invitation and link to this meeting if your child is taking an AP class this year.

Social and Emotional Learning
Social and emotional learning is the process of acquiring the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to manage emotions, establish and achieve positive goals, feel empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions. These skills are critical to developing competencies  besides academic content knowledge that are necessary to succeed in college and in careers. Leland Public School has an identified SEL Team working together to provide support, resources and opportunities for your child to connect with teachers and classmates. You can find resources on our website, and beginning this week, you will be receiving a weekly SEL newsletter in your inbox.

Meals for Kids
Leland Public Schools continues to provide free meals for any student 0-18 residing in our district. Bags supplied with multiple meals are available on Mondays and Thursdays from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM in three locations: Leland Public School, St. Mary School, and the Bingham Boat Launch. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Face Masks Needed!
Executive Order No. 2020-59 extends the stay home restrictions until May 15th. You can read the entire order here. One of the provisions in this Order requires that LPS must provide non-medical grade face coverings to our essential workers. We are nearly out of face masks up at school and are requesting assistance from our community. Please help if you are able by making cloth face masks for your LPS staff. These can be dropped off in the vestibule at school. 

Perseverance - Gettin’ Up
Maintaining a healthy rhythm while school is closed is an important aspect of our well-being. Our mental, physical, behavioral, and emotional patterns can influence our sleep cycle, bodily function, and daily outlook and energy. The last attachment today is a weekly learning opportunity roadmap that your family can share together. I know that stay home restrictions are hard to manage, especially as spring begins to bloom. I also know that you have grit that it takes to carry on. The attached article captures the essence of strength with a quote from German Author Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe. He wrote: “ In the realm of ideas, everything depends on enthusiasm; in the real world, all rests on perseverance.”  

Keep going,

Jeanne Gross
Leland Public School

Week of April 27.pdf 

Engagement Guidelines.pdf 

Leelanau Christian Neighbors.pdf 

Sunday, April 19

Dear LPS Families,

A quick reminder that Active Learning for LPS students will begin tomorrow. As educators, we are excited for the opportunity to continue moving through essential standards with our students. Our commitment to you remains compassion over compliance, and we will be working closely with our students over the next several days to make sure that they have access to the materials and support that they need to complete their lessons. 

Elementary classroom and secondary advisory teachers reached out to parents and students by phone the latter half of last week to answer questions and invite your child(ren) to re-engage with classroom activities. It was heart-warming to connect with you! Thank you for taking the time to let us know about how your family has been managing during the shelter-in-place order. If you haven’t received a call yet, please know that you will be contacted. The conversations were meaningful; some ran a bit longer than expected, and not every classroom or advisory teacher was able to make it through his or her list entirely. Teachers will be finishing up those calls in the first part of this week.

Our Plan calls for a mixed-media approach, which means that instruction will be available online or through hard-copy instructional packets. Students with online connectivity will find lessons posted on Seesaw or Google Classroom tomorrow morning by 8:00 AM, and families who requested hard-copies will find instructional packets available at meal pick-up sites on Mondays and Thursdays from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM or in the school vestibule at any time. I've attached a copy of the Plan overview that was shared on Tuesday to this message in case you would like to refer back to it again.

There are bound to be a few bumps in the road this week. We’ve tried to anticipate every possible scenario, but it’s almost certain that something unexpected will come up. Please reach out to me if you or your child(ren) are having difficulty connecting with teachers and activities. 

I’m here to help!

Jeanne Gross
Leland Public School

Leland Public School CLP 2020.pdf 


Tuesday, April 14

Dear LPS families,

Attached is a copy of the Action Plan developed around the Continuity of Learning Plan that was approved last week. This document will provide you with a closer look at the expectations for staff and students when school resumes on Monday, April 20th. I posted the information for all of our secondary students tonight and will be connecting with them on Google Meet over the next two days to answer any questions they might have. I'll be working with the elementary teachers this week to drop in to Google Classroom and Seesaw to connect with our youngers too. 

Our teachers will be calling all LPS students over the next three days to check in with them and to invite them to reconnect with us on Monday as active learning picks up again. Every family's situation is different. While some of you are eager for learning to begin, there are others who are feeling overwhelmed today, and the thought of adding one more thing seems impossible to comprehend. We understand, and I can guarantee you that whole range of emotions is present within our 70-person staff as well. We're going to do our best to meet you where you are and to provide a safe, connected and caring space for your child(ren) to continue learning.

Love and Comets,

Jeanne Gross

Leland Public School


Leland Public School CLP 2020 (1).pdf 

Saturday, April 11

Dear LPS families,

Some good news! Our state-required Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plan was approved Friday afternoon by TBAISD Superintendent Dr. Nick Ceglarek. I am grateful to Dr. Ceglarek and his staff for their help and guidance, especially over the past several weeks as we have been navigating unfamiliar territory amidst the current crisis. They are great partners with Leland Public School, and with this approval, we will begin implementing our Plan for remote learning.

This week, I will be communicating expectations for students, staff and families to all of our stakeholders. Monday and Tuesday, the staff will be working to finalize details, design communication, and coordinate schedules. On Wednesday, we will begin meeting online with groups of students and will be sharing virtual presentations with parents/guardians. These presentations will cover directions for accessing learning platforms and/or instructional learning packets, expectations for assigned school work, assessment policies, graduation plans, available resources, ways that you can support the students in your home, and more. If you do not have internet access, you will receive detailed information in hard copy. Throughout the week, LPS teachers will be contacting every student by phone and email to support their re-engagement in school. Active learning for all LPS students will resume on Monday, April 20th.

While life has been anything but normal since we left school on Friday, March 13th, the reality is that your child(ren) has missed 14 days of school. Uncertainty and stress have a way of warping our perception of time, and I know that the adjustment for LPS families has been overwhelming. You are suddenly asked to be parent, teacher, and coach all at the same time, and many of you are also trying to work from home or are facing unexpected unemployment. It is a lot to ask of anyone, and I hope that you are allowing yourself some grace during these trying times. Our Plan is designed to provide flexibility for families and to support meaningful connections with students. School at home will not look or feel the same way that it does inside the building, and this is okay. 

Please know that we have tried to meet your needs over the past few weeks. It has been very challenging given the shifting ground beneath our feet. I’m sure that we have failed in some instances, and I apologize for the times this may have happened. It’s not for lack of effort. Educators are known as people who run into the fire, and the LPS staff is no exception to this rule. As we prepare to move forward together, I want to take a moment to acknowledge the recent accomplishments of our staff and community:
A COVID-19 Response Team was formed and held their first meeting the afternoon of Sunday, March 15th. This group has been convening online nearly every other day to problem solve complex issues. They have worked tirelessly on behalf of LPS students, always keeping the health, safety and well-being of students, staff, and community at the center of EVERY decision.

The LPS maintenance crew sprang into action to clean and sanitize every classroom, common area, and office in the school. They worked alongside the construction crew as they were shutting down to make sure that the building and grounds are safe and secure during the school closure.

The LPS cafe staff have prepared and packaged more than 4500 individual meals to feed district students. These meals have been delivered twice a week by bus drivers to pick-up locations throughout the district, where staff and community volunteers have distributed them to families.

The deployment and calibrating of student and staff technology has been heroic. Students in grades 1-12 walked out the door with iPads in their hands, and our “tech guys” have been continuing to push out new apps and updates for them. We continue to pursue opportunities to provide connectivity for all LPS students. This is one of the major challenges in store for public education; we must lessen the digital divide.

Several community outreach programs have been initiated. These include creating and maintaining a database of LPS volunteers, contacting local agencies to offer support, gathering and making nearly 1000 protective masks for Munson Hospital, and supporting our LPS community healthcare workers by placing signs of appreciation in their front yards.

The LPS Board of Education was the first Board in the TBAISD region to hold a virtual meeting. They’ve gone on to hold four more public meetings on Zoom, including three nights of first-round interviews for superintendent candidates. 

LPS teachers surveyed our students and families to determine connectivity needs; engaged with students through online platforms, email, phone, and USPS; and are making nearly instantaneous changes to curriculum and instruction. They jumped in with both feet this week enrolling in courses themselves about online content delivery, supporting the social and emotional needs of children in a time of COVID-19, and exploring new technology to support remote learning.

These are a few of the highlights, but it’s certainly not an exhaustive list. And, more important than knowing what’s been done is understanding why. The answer is the same for every LPS employee: We do it for our students. In addition to uncertainty, we are also feeling sad. Yes, the school year will continue, even as the building is closed, but we miss our students’ smiling faces and laughter in the halls. We can’t wait to be together again! 

In the meantime, I am looking forward to the week ahead.

Jeanne Gross
Leland Public School 
On behalf of all LPS employees
Aidee Arevalo, Travis Baker, Karen Bardenhagen, Alice Beyers, Al Bodary, Pat Dashner, Ryan DeFour, Janet Denoyer, Evon Easling, Jeremy Evans, Brian Fedderman, Kristy Fisher, Kim Fowler, Amy Graham, Jeanne Gross, Mike Hartigan, Joanna Heinman-Aldridge, Sharon Hill, Tommy Hills, Justina Hlavka, Lani Hoenscheid-Smith, Dale Houdek, Sarah Keen, Curtis Kelenske, Paula Kelly, Jon Kiessel, Karen Kirt, Kim Klein, Ann Knudsen, Ryan Knudsen, Mary Ann Korson, Corinn Kowalski, Derek Kulpa, Kelsey LaCross, Heather Lowe, Tim McNeil, Kat Murphy, Lee Neveau, Dave Noble, Gail O’Connor, Beth Osorio, Pat Patterson, Jeremy Peplinski, Keven Pershinske, Tanya Popp, Larry Porter, Sandra Proctor-Pinazo, Sarah Ragains, Bruce Randall, Dave Ruszel, Mike Schaub, Danielle Schwarze, Shannon Scott, Nick Seguin, Eryn Sluiter, Jen Stachnik, Marjorie Steimel, Ashley Suttmann, Sandra Thomas, Taylor Vann, Jennifer Walter, Mark Walters, Pat Waters, Brandon Wheeler, Kathy Wheeler, Sue Wright, Jordan Wurm, Jenifer Zywicki


Board of Education 
John Elwell, Don McMullen, Bill Robinson, Ross Satterwhite, John Siddall, Tom Trumbull, Tanja Wittock

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