Chippewa waives testing requirement

Recognizes pair of CTE students

By: Alex Szwarc | C&G Newspapers | Published April 7, 2021

 High schoolers Nate Chalmers, left, and Dylan Guptil were recently recognized for being named Outstanding Career and Technical Education students. Chalmers is a culinary arts student, and Guptil is in the woodworking and cabinetmaking program.

High schoolers Nate Chalmers, left, and Dylan Guptil were recently recognized for being named Outstanding Career and Technical Education students. Chalmers is a culinary arts student, and Guptil is in the woodworking and cabinetmaking program.

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Chippewa Valley Schools class of 2021 now has one fewer requirement to graduate.

At the March 29 Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education meeting, it was unanimously approved to waive the Michigan Merit Examination, or MME, testing requirement for this year’s graduating class.

The reason behind the action, Superintendent Ron Roberts said, is that the spring 2020 school day administration of the SAT, ACT WorkKeys, and M-STEP was canceled due to COVID-19.

The board additionally approved reducing the physical education graduation requirement for the graduating classes of 2021 and 2022.

The requirement is now half a credit, down from one.

Roberts said the district’s current graduation requirements for physical education exceed guidelines outlined by the Michigan Merit Curriculum, which allows graduation with 0.5 credit in physical education.

“This adjustment eliminates one potential barrier to qualifying for on-time graduation due to the disruption in education caused by COVID-19,” he said. “This is not reducing our standards. The bulk of our graduation requirement and the total number of credits to graduate all remain in place.”

Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education Secretary Beth Pyden said in a previous curriculum committee meeting that several data points were provided indicating that doing this would align Chippewa Valley with other area school districts in regard to physical education and health requirements.

In a similar move, the board approved permanently reducing the physical education graduation requirement to half a credit beginning with the class of 2022.

“This change would create space in student schedules allowing for greater choice

in course selection, including options for additional higher-level physical education courses,” Roberts said.

Commenting about coronavirus, Roberts said the plan was for 120 staff members to receive their first vaccination dose March 31.

“That will give us approximately 600 staff, about one-third of our staff, to be vaccinated through our school district,” he said.

The plan is for the district to return to full-time in-person learning April 19.

In the week of March 15 at the elementary level, Roberts said 25 coronavirus cases were reported.

For the week of March 22, he noted that across the district’s dozen elementary schools, eight cases were reported, resulting in 98 students being quarantined.

Examining the middle and high school level, Roberts said for the week of March 15, anywhere from four to 23 cases were reported, for a total of 50 cases across the district.

“Those four to 23 cases across six schools produced anywhere from 19 to 431 quarantines for a total of 921 students in quarantine,” he said.

In the second week, the total was again 50 cases, for a total of 608 quarantined students.

Also at the meeting, high schoolers Nate Chalmers and Dylan Guptil were recognized for being named Outstanding Career and Technical Education students.

For over 30 years, the Macomb County Career Technical Education Administrators have selected two outstanding CTE students and one industry partner to honor.

Chalmers is a culinary arts student, interning at Testa Barra Kitchen & Cocktails in Macomb Township. He will attend the Culinary Institute of Michigan.

Guptil is in the woodworking and cabinetmaking program and serves on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee at Chippewa Valley High School and will apprentice at Vogue Furniture in Royal Oak.

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