Newsblast - September 2020 Print

Fall Conference Registration Now Open

The Michigan Pupil Accounting and Attendance Association is pleased to announce a fully re-designed approach to the Fall 2020 Conference.  We will not let today’s circumstances prevent us from delivering the very information you need to do your jobs in the best available timeline.   While we are sad that we can’t see you in person at the Battle of the Bays this Fall, we are excited to be able to offer you a Virtual Fall Conference Library full of some of our most sought after sessions.

How Does it Work?

Essentially what you are investing in is a complete library of information available at your fingertips, at your convenience, that will change as the beginning of the school progresses, and our state leaders provide more information.   

  • We will open the conference library to registered attendees in the 3rd week of September, tentatively set for Monday, September 21st. At that time, all certification courses and other known courses will be posted to the virtual library as recordings. Registered attendees will be given access to the library through our website and may begin watching classes at their leisure.
  • Certification credit can be acquired by completing and returning a conference credit form that asks you for codes you will see during each certification course. This virtual format is actually a huge advantage because you can literally take every class you need to obtain your certification, where you would be limited by time at a live conference.
  • We will also have a limited selection of non-certification courses offered at the conference’s opening. However, the sessions you are most likely anxious for, the sessions on updates and changes for the coming year, will be added to the conference library as they become known, and content is created. This means that the conference library will remain open until we get the answer's we all need, even if it means through the end of the year. MPAAA is committed to keeping the conference available until we know what is expected.
    • As a registered attendee, you will get regular emails letting you know when new content is available. We are also planning on opening a Q & A forum on the MPAAA website that will allow you to ask questions of the presenters from the various sessions and get answers. The advantage of the forum is that it also allows you to see other questions that have been asked and the response.

What Will be Offered?

  • We are pleased to offer, in partnership with MSBO, three certification courses that you may need to finalize your certification if you are in the PAS/SED/PAA tracts. The Principles of Education, Effective Communications, and Team Leadership courses are only offered every other year, and this is the year!
  • We intend to provide training on areas most relevant to this approaching school year, and that means sessions on changes and new rules and laws.
  • Of course, we will have our partners from CEPI and MDE providing the most update-to-date sessions available.
  • Since virtual delivery is a method that a lot of schools are entering into for the first time, we will be providing sessions around this hot topic.
  • Due to the current climate, our agenda will remain fluid, with some of our courses being updated up through the day the conference opens and even after the conference ends.

What Will it Cost?

While a conference of this type is undoubtedly complex to engineer, it does have SOME advantages. One is the price. We plan to make the conference available to members for $195.00, and to non-members for $295.00.  You can watch ALL of the sessions at no extra cost. So, yet another bonus you get with our Virtual Conference Library that we are unable to offer at our Live events. With finances on EVERYONE’S mind right now, this discounted fee, and the lack of any travel or hotel costs, is intended to make the decision to ‘attend’ the conference a bit easier for your District to swallow.

MPAAA realizes we are all working in an environment that is unprecedented during our lifetimes. We hope that this unique conference offering will allow you to get the information you need in the most comfortable, most convenient, and least expensive way possible.

How do I Register?

To sign up for the conference, and pay the fee online with a credit card, you can simply click HERE.  If you need to send in a check, you can complete THIS form, and return it with your check.

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20/21 MPAAA Mentor Program - Sign Up!

In late July, a survey invitation was sent to all MPAAA members to ask if they wish to participate in the 2020/21 mentor program. We are looking for people new to pupil accounting and eager to learn, as well as those willing to be the source of that learning.

While we have had a strong list of members in need of mentoring, we are currently short of veteran staff willing to BE that mentor. Please consider emailing Ruth Garland ([email protected]) and volunteer as a mentor.  She will need to know what student information system you are conversant in, as it helps to match mentors and mentees.

Thank you for considering volunteering for this important work.

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Membership renewal

The renewal function is now open on the MPAAA website to renew your membership for the 2020/21 year. This renewal will extend your membership through June 30, 2021.

The cost of renewal for the coming year remains $85, as it has been for the past several years.

The financial repercussions of the pandemic certainly require that any expenditure by school districts be carefully considered. Please keep in mind that MPAAA is dedicated to making sure our members have the most up-to-date information available from MDE and CEPI as we all navigate these fluid and uncertain waters.

You can renew your membership online with a credit card by clicking HERE, and signing into the member's area. Once logged in, you will have a 'Renew Your Membership' link you can use.

If you would prefer to send us a check, please complete THIS form to send in with your payment. All memberships will run through June 30, 2021.

Thank you for considering the renewal of your membership in MPAAA. We will do our utmost in the coming year to continue to earn your loyalty and ensure that your membership is money well spent.

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Return to Learn Law

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed into law Public Acts 147, 148, and 149 of 2020, which enacted the "Return to Learn" Package legislation. Subsequently, MDE released a memo with Return to Learn details. Auditors and Pupil Accountants will find the memo helpful.  Any district questions should be directed to your auditor first. 
Below is the link to the MDE Memo #COVID-19-094
Below is a link to information regarding upcoming Technical Support Webinars

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2020-2021 Early Middle College Data Entry User Group Conference Calls Revised

The Michigan Department of Education Office of Career and Technical Education released a memo with details regarding 2020-2021 Early Middle College Data Entry User Group Conference Calls Revised Call in Information for October 1, 2020. Please be sure to reference page 2 for the new date and time and call in information. 

Click on the link below to access the memo.

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The following information is being published by CEPI in their September 2 announcements:

The U.S. Department of Education has provided additional guidance on how to report schools offering temporary virtual programming during the pandemic. If a school is temporarily offering virtual courses, the existing brick and mortar schools should include the Supplemental Virtual (SuppVirt) educational setting, regardless of the number of virtual courses available to students.

For directions on how to add this educational setting to your schools, please refer to How to Add or Remove an Educational Setting in the EEM guide. Definitions of the various educational settings can also be found in the EEM Glossary.

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CEPI Information

Planning Ahead: CEPI Applications System Maintenance

All CEPI application databases (including EEM, REP, FID, MSDS, GAD and UIC) are migrating to a new server during the month of September. The applications will be unavailable from Friday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. EDT through Monday, Sept. 21. Additionally, MSDS will be offline through Sunday, Sept. 27 to perform rollover to the 2020-21 school year; however, UIC services will be available via the Michigan Data Hub.

Please plan to complete work in CEPI applications before or after the scheduled outage.

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