August/September Updates from the MDE
September 11, 2019
- 2019 Immunization Requirements for Children Entering Kindergarten and 7th Grade, or Enrolling in a New School District in Grades 1-12 -- Since 1978, Michigan law has required that each student have an up-to-date certificate of immunization at the time of registration (or no later than the first day of school) for entry into kindergarten and 7th grade, and for enrollment into a new school district, grades 1-12.
- Revised Model Code of Student Conduct -- This summer, the State Board of Education approved the revised Model Code of Student Conduct. Among revisions to the Model Code is the requirement of school officials, before suspending or expelling a student, to consider a number of situation-specific factors, including whether a lesser intervention or restorative practices would address the pupil's violation or behavior
- Reminder to Update Data in the Educational Entity Master (EEM) -- The Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI) reminds districts to review and update their data in the Educational Entity Master (EEM) for the 2019-20 school year. Entity data in the EEM are utilized by many systems providing funding to schools, are used for state and federal reporting, and are displayed on Michigan’s Parent Dashboard for School Transparency. MDE and CEPI also send key communications using important contact information stored in the EEM. Data should be reviewed and updated by Oct. 1, 2019
- Emergency Operations Plans -- Pursuant to PA 436 of 2018 requires that by January 1, 2020, a school district, intermediate school district (ISD), or public school academy shall develop an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) or review an existing plan. This act further requires these plans be adopted or reviewed in conjunction with at least one law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction over the district, intermediate school district, or public school academy and include a review of the vulnerability assessment. No later than 30 days after adopting or reviewing their EOP, the board or board of directors shall provide notice of the completed plan to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). An application titled, Emergency Operations Plan – PA 436 of 2018, is currently available in the Michigan Electronic Grant System Plus (MEGS+).
Public Comment on the Proposed Standards for the Preparation of Teachers of Early Childhood General and Special Education (Birth- Kindergarten) -- The Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Office of Great Start – Preschool and Out-of-School-Time Learning is requesting public comment on the proposed Michigan Standards for the Preparation of Teachers of Early Childhood General and Special Education (Birth-Kindergarten) to be used for guiding preparation of candidates seeking certification in these fields.
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