COP Response to COVID-19:

Requiring Expanded Reporting of COVID-19 Cases in Schools

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Robert Gordon  issued an Emergency Order under MCL 333.2253 on October 6, 2020 requiring that school districts report COVID-19 cases publicly and on a more regular basis than the state was already reporting.

Within 24 hours of being notified by a local health department of School Associated COVID-19 Case(s), the COP ESD Programs must provide Public Notice to the School Community in a highly visible location on the School’s website that covers the impacted building or location. Schools are encouraged to provide information about measures in place at the school to prevent transmission of COVID-19, as well as measures that individuals can take to prevent transmission.

“Public Notice” means providing the new and cumulative counts of School Associated Case(s) of COVID-19, including the date on which the School was notified of the new School Associated Case(s).

To review public notices and notification letters, click here to learn more                         

Please follow the links below for more information.

COP ESD COVID-19 Business Preparedness and Response Plan May 2020

COP ESD Early Childhood Continuity of Learning Plan  April 2020               

COP ESD Complete Continuity of Learning Plan April 2020

COP ESD Extended Continuity of Learning Plan  Sept. 2020

Monthly Reconfirmation of ECOL Plan:

  • October 2020     
  • November 2020                                                                                                     

Remote Learning Toolkit Website for Educators and Parents                        

School Leaders Community Partnership Message on Health and Safety Nov. 2020

COP Program Correspondence: March 13 2020 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

For district-specific information, please refer to the Constituent Districts website as linked on the Home Page Map


Teacher and Support Staff COVID-19 Grants

2019-20 Teacher and Support Hazard Pay Program
Requirements Announced


Action Required by Eligible Staff by December 4th

Governor Gretchen Whitmer and State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks announced that eligible Michigan teachers and support staff who worked additional time and incurred additional costs during the 2019-2020 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic can receive a grant through two new grant programs.

Teacher COVID-19 Grant Program

The Teacher COVID-19 Grant Program was created in state law to recognize the additional time and additional costs eligible classroom teachers in a school district or nonprofit nonpublic school spent to ensure learning continued when in-person instruction was suspended in the spring. 

To receive up to $500, teachers must have performed at least of 75% of their standard instruction workload in brick and mortar classrooms during the last school year prior to the suspension of in-person instruction on April 2.  In addition, they must truthfully affirm that they “developed tools and methods to deliver distance learning, take home packets, or other methods described in the district or nonprofit nonpublic school’s continuity of learning plan,  worked additional time spent outside of normal working hours, experienced hazardous conditions, or incurred additional costs related to ensuring students could effectively participate in the school’s continuity of learning plan”

Support Staff COVID-19 Grant Program

The Support Staff COVID-19 Grant Program was created in state law to recognize the additional time eligible K-12 support staff spent outside of normal working hours, hazardous conditions encountered and additional costs incurred to provide services to students when in-person instruction was suspended in the spring.

To receive up to $250, eligible individuals must have performed at least of 75% of their workload in brick and mortar buildings during the last school year prior to the suspension of in-person instruction on April 2.  In addition, they must truthfully affirm on Form 5734 that they “worked additional time spent outside of normal working hours, experienced hazardous conditions, or incurred additional costs related to ensuring students could effectively participate in the school’s continuity of learning plan”

The COPESD will be contacting eligible 19-20 Professional and Support staff via email or U.S. mail.  Staff must return Form 5734, the Teacher and Support Staff COVID-19 Grants Certification, as instructed by December 4, 2020.  If a staff member believes they are eligible and has not been directly contacted, they may appeal this determination by emailing the Superintendent at huberj@copesd.org on or before December 4, 2020.

Key Eligibility Terms:

  • Classroom Teacher
    • A K-12 full-time or part-time teacher with an assigned class who provided continuity of learning to students during the 2019-2020 period of school closure that resulted from COVID-19. For the purposes of this section, classroom teacher does not include substitute teachers, para-professionals, support staff, or administrators.
  • School Support Staff
    • A K-12 full-time or part-time para-professional, aide, or non-instructional staff, according to the registry of educational personnel, who provided services to students during the 2019-2020 period of school closure that resulted from COVID-19. School support staff does not include substitute teachers or classroom teachers.

To learn more on this program, staff eligibility and timelines please check out this weblink. 

For specific questions, please contact
Peggy Bush via email at 
bushp@copesd.org