2020/21 Return to School Plan

Process for a COVID-19 Case at School from Grand Traverse Health Department

August 8, 2020
Hello Families,
We are thrilled to have finalized a plan that we hope will fit the needs of all our Panther families! Thank you for the support with completing surveys as that helped immensely in guiding our decisions.  Thank you, also, for the amazing patience you've had as we've worked through this process.  We have received many emails with simple, kind messages, and we're incredibly thankful.  We are loving working with OMPS families! Please read the attachment regarding the back to school plan.  There is a form that will need to be COMPLETED BY AUGUST 17th for each enrolled student at OMPS.  
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OMPS Spirit Wear 2020 PRE SALE!  ***NEW this year are OMPS masks.  Orders will be placed online, through the website below until August 24th.  Orders will be available for pick at the school following that date.    
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Keep safe and healthy, everyone!
OMPS School Board Approved Covid Preparedness and Response Plan
Press Release
         July 2, 2020

                  Old Mission Peninsula School Prepares for September

                  With 1:1 Student Technology Upgrades 

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Old Mission Peninsula School (OMPS) is making preparations to ensure students and staff have adequate tools, support and safety measures in place for a planned return to classroom  learning in September. With state-of-the-art technology in place, computers for every student, small class sizes, on-line educational  tools and an expansive outdoor campus, OMPS will be uniquely positioned and ready to welcome students to the campus with the added flexibility to quickly adapt to any changes necessary throughout the next school year.


While teachers provided exceptional student instruction remotely throughout the end of the 2020 school year, the OMPS team was already busy planning and considering options for three possible scenarios for the coming school year (full return to classrooms, blend of on-campus and remote learning, and all-remote learning).


The teachers are eager to get back and reconnect in the classroom with their students. OMPS’s return to school will follow the MI Safe Schools: Michigan’s 2020-21 Return to School Roadmap released on June 30, 2020, by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, the COVID-19 Task Force on Education and the Return to School Advisory Council. The Roadmap includes safety protocols, social-emotional guidance, and instructional and operational recommendations based on the status of coronavirus within the community. Our team will closely monitor any changes to this Roadmap as September approaches.

It will be an exciting year at OMPS as instruction will be further supported by school enhancements made available through the Michigan Charter Schools Grant funding, awarded to OMPS in late 2019. The grant includes funding of $650,000 allowing OMPS to purchase new computers, one for each student attending the school. Our investments in additional technology will support students and staff in maximizing learning opportunities regardless of the teaching and learning model driven by the State’s Roadmap, and the status of COVID in September and as the school year proceeds. We are able to provide interactive Promethean smart boards for every class at OMPS, Google Expeditions, and an extensive new digital library. OMPS science, music and art offerings have been expanded significantly, and investments have been made in a wide range of outdoor learning infrastructures to expand and develop our outdoor learning lab.


OMPS continues to offer smaller class sizes, a benefit for physical distancing procedures to protect students while within the school, and as a benefit to student instruction time both in person and under remote learning conditions.  Outdoor learning provides additional opportunities for distancing while learning, an unforeseen benefit to the large campus.


We are also very excited to announce that the OMPS Preschool will open in September following the Michigan LARA Guidelines for Safe Child Care. The preschool will offer a curriculum that provides the foundation for the Math, Science and Expeditionary Learning English Language Arts curriculums offered in the OMPS Kindergarten to Grade 6 program. Preschool will also include play, exploration and education opportunities within the extensive outdoor campus available at Old Mission Peninsula School.  Stay tuned for more details on this great addition to our school on beautiful Old Mission Peninsula.

Messages from Gov. Whitmer:
June 30, 2020


 Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus   


Ways to help talk to your children for the Corvid-19:



For questions regarding the coronavirus itself, please contact the Grand Traverse County Health

Department at 231-995-6010.  You can sign up for their alert bulletins here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Dh9I9XIwA_0iBPt3glYtIN8r36hxFPmtMWcdPPQkN7M/viewform?edit_requested=true


CDC – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID -19):


State of Michigan information:


Old Mission Peninsula School

2699 Island View Rd
Traverse City, MI   49686

Hours: 8:15 to 3:15

Phone: 231.252.0225

Mailing Address
2699 Island View Drive
Traverse City, MI 49686