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On behalf of the faculty and staff at U Prep Schools thank you for your patience and flexibility as we work together to ensure that the needs of our students, families, and community are being met through this crisis.

As information becomes available regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and state-mandated school closure, updates will be provided through a variety of communication channels to include; RoboCall, Text Messaging, Email, and this new web page.

This web page will provide you access to previously distributed communications regarding COVID-19, a status on confirmed cases within our three districts, updates regarding the school closure, key contacts, and information on prevention, and resources to help keep our families safe and healthy throughout the crisis.

Please know that information regarding the impact of COVID-19 to our region is changing rapidly and the team at U Prep is committed to keeping you informed of such changes.

Confirmed Cases 

Click here to join us, in tribute, as we remember the lives lost in the U Prep Community.

As of May 22, 2020, 11 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the U Prep community.

If you experience any symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, please call your healthcare provider for medical advice, reach out to the Detroit Health Department at (313) 876-4000 for guidance or visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website at https://www.cdc.gov/.

Please visit this site to receive additional updates concerning COVID-19. 

Google Classroom 

Teachers are using a variety of web platforms to interact with families. Google Classroom, Remind Me, Bloomz and others. They will be available during the hours of  8:30 am – 3:30 pm daily.  Please allow at minimum a 30-45 minute response to ensure each scholar is assisted appropriately.  We will continue to learn ways to engage with students as we progress.

If you are having any technical challenges, contact Leandra Baker, IT Coordinator, via email at  servicedesk@uprepschools.com.  Please make certain you state your problem and  leave your contact information. Click here to view the Google Classroom instructions and IT support instructions. Click here to view the Parent resource letter.

Meal Program

The health and well being of our families is of our utmost concern. We are working to finalize the details for the weeks ahead of our meal distribution program with our supplier Variety Foods. Updates to our program will be provided to our families via Robocall, Email, and will be posted below.

Due to the Memorial Day holiday, U Prep School’s next Meal Distribution is scheduled for Tuesday, May 26th at UPA High School, which is located at 600 Antoinette. Pick up will begin at 12 noon and meals will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until they are gone. Each family will receive five breakfasts and five lunches per child. Our team will ensure that the process is quick and convenient for you.

By now, you should have received a mailer, to the address that is on file with your child’s school announcing the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program(P-EBT). This program offers food assistance benefits to Michigan families with students (age 0 to 26) who qualify for free or reduced lunch benefits. No application is necessary for eligible families who receive P-EBT Benefits. 

P-EBT is not a U Prep Schools program. Please visit the Michigan Department of Education’s webpage https://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-66254_99536—,00.html, or call 833.905.0028 for more information. 

Student Resources 

Telecommuting and homeschooling are new to many of us. The combination of both can provide a challenge for families with multiple children of various ages and let’s not forget our beloved pets. There are some great suggestions online on how to convert your home into both a classroom and an office. Attached is a link to some suggestions on How to Adjust to Working Remotely with Kids During COVID-19 and How to Create a Learning Environment in the Home

U Prep Schools is grateful to Ascension Michigan School-Based Health Centers who have locations inside of two of our schools, for offering virtual medical and mental health services to students at UPSM Elementary and UPA Middle Schools. The services are available Monday-Friday, from 10am until 3pm.

To access medical services, contact Nurse Practitioner, Sheiraz Tekko at (313) 264-6611 or via email at sheiraz.tekko@ascension.org. For mental health services, contact Behavioral Health Counselor,  Heather Murphy at heather.murphy2@ascension.org.

Parents, please be advised – you will need to provide verbal or written consent to access services for your child.

Our school social workers have also assembled a list of valuable resources that are available to our families during this challenging time.

Click below for recommendations from Athletic Director, Andre Criswell. He has provided helpful tips on keeping your family active during the school closure. 

Contact Information 

COVID-19 Prevention & Resources 

The best defense against any contagious illness is frequent and effective handwashing and seeking immediate medical assistance if experiencing symptoms. Below are recommendations that we included in our letters to families and staff.

  • Washing your hands with soap and water.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoiding contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying home if you are sick and contact your healthcare provider.
  • Please refer to the links below for the most current information on taking precautions, symptoms, and situation updates.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Resources and Links

Detroit Health Department

Prevention Documents