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May 2020 MDE Updates

May 13, 2020

May 2020 MDE Updates

-- School and District Improvement Plan Reporting Requirements Flexibility for the 2020-21 School Year --  This memo is to communicate to districts some flexibility regarding requirements for district improvement plans (DIPs), single building district improvement plans (SBDIPs), and school improvement plans (SIPs) for 2020-21. The MDE understands that many districts and schools are working hard to figure out both short- and long-term plans to support their students and staff. The MDE wants to provide districts with flexibility to reassess local planning as necessary.

-- Building Healthy Communities Program --  For the 2020-2021 school year, grades K-12 may apply for the Building Healthy Communities program to address the health and wellness of students and staff.  Building Healthy Communities is a school-wide initiative designed to prevent childhood obesity and create healthy school environments. Schools with grades K-12 are eligible for the Step Up for School Wellness ProgramSchool interested in the program must submit their applications by September 30, 2020. This flexible model is designed to help schools make smaller targeted improvements to their environment by allowing them to self-select resources focused on healthy eating, physical activity and social and emotional learning.

-- Fiscal Year 2021 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant Application is Available --  The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is pleased to announce that the Michigan Electronic Grants System Plus (MEGS+) application for the Fiscal Year 2021 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) grant is available for sponsors. This year, eligible schools are school buildings that house elementary students. MDE considers elementary students as those in grade 6 or lower.

Limits on past USDA funding allowed MDE to award grants to schools with free and reduced-price eligibility at 85 percent or higher. Applications are due to MDE by May 20, 2020. Tips for Completing the Application are located on the MDE FFVP webpage under How to Apply. Contact the School Nutrition Programs office with any questions by phone at 517-241-5374 or email at


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