MDE COVID-19 Guidance to Districts as of April 7, 2020

Covid-19 Updates for Districts

Do You Have Questions for MDE?

Please check the MDE COVID-19 Information webpage before emailing your questions to MDE staff. We regularly add guidance, answers to questions and links to our daily update email. Daily updates are posted in the Administrator News section of the EdUpdate.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
As of today, the MDE has not received final guidance or funds from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) regarding the implementation of the CARES Act. Once federal guidance is finalized, the MDE will provide guidance to districts regarding the expenditure of CARES Act funds, as well as guidance to ensure districts have the appropriate technology available for staff and students.

CARES Act Webinar
The MDE will host a webinar on Tuesday, April 14, at 10 a.m. to provide an overview of the federal CARES Act. This webinar will be of particular interest to superintendents, business managers, federal programs directors, special education directors, and CTE directors. Additional information regarding registration will be shared later this week.

The MDE is gathering information from districts to better understand how you are supporting continued student learning during the extended school closure. We are particularly interested in how your district is delivering content to students, what content your district is using with students, and how your district plans to calculate student grades. Additionally, through the collection of these plans, we are confirming that districts are serving all students, including students with disabilities and English learners. This plan does not require lengthy responses and should only take a few minutes to complete. Read instructions here for completing your District-Name-2019-20-Learning-at-Home-Plan. The plan is due by 5 p.m. April 10. 

Donation of PPE
CTE Directors should have received an email from Aimee Brown, State CTE Director, to respond to a brief survey from the MDE. We are aware that a number of CTE centers have made donations of personal protective equipment (PPE), and the MDE would like to determine the types and quantities of PPE supplies that have been donated.