From the Newaygo County School Superintendents
The superintendents of the Newaygo County Regional Educational Services Area wish to collectively express appreciation for the efforts of our students, parents/guardians, teachers, support staff, administrators, and community for quickly adapting to the change to remote instruction and learning. We recognize this sudden shift has not been without its challenges, and we thank you for working to overcome them amidst the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Throughout this pandemic, our primary concern has been the health and wellbeing of our students, staff, and communities. We hope you are well and will remain so, both physically and mentally.
As we near the end of the 2019-2020 school year, we know you are wondering about the 2020-2021 school year. We too have read the stories about how other states and school districts are planning to conduct school next year. While we recognize the need to plan for a variety of possibilities, the reality is we simply don’t know what things will look like in August at this point in time.
For this reason, we are actively planning possible scenarios for school next year. These include: 1. In-person, face-to-face instruction with proper precautions and safety measures; 2. Remote/distance learning using technology and other means; 3. A combination of in-person, face-to-face instruction, and remote/distance learning.
To the extent that remote/distance learning continues to be part of the instructional delivery model, we anticipate a more robust program with student participation, engagement, and assessment expectations more closely resembling that of the traditional, in-person school.
As a group, we are actively engaged in planning now and throughout the summer with additional efforts forthcoming within individual school districts. We have been and will continue to work with our District Health Department #10 as we rely heavily on their guidance and direction. We will also seek guidance from the State of Michigan and the Federal Government as they release guidelines for reopening schools.
We are committed to maintaining transparency in our planning, while also exercising a degree of caution, knowing that any plans we decide on are subject to the actions of government officials. We will provide additional information to you as these plans are developed. In the interim, we ask for your patience and understanding.
Finally, for those families with children who will be entering kindergarten next year, our districts are still accepting kindergarten registrations. We would encourage you to register your child as soon as possible as it assists us in our planning for next year. Please visit our websites to learn more about the registration process.
Yours in Education,
Vaughn White, Hesperia Community Schools Ken Haggart, Fremont Public Schools Brett Zuver, Grant Public Schools Dr. Peggy Mathis, Newaygo Public Schools Ed Canning, White Cloud Public Schools Dr. Lori Tubbergen Clark, Newaygo County RESA and Big Jackson Public Schools
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