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School Closure Update 3/18/2020

G-A Families:

 

It is my sincere hope that this communication finds you well.  Many of you are juggling more than simply having children home and not in school; we also have witnessed many in our community coming together to assist those in need.  Our goal is to keep you as informed as possible on a timely basis so that communication from school is something that you can count on given all the unknowns this health crisis brings each day to all of our lives. 

Below are updates on some of the things you may be wondering about:

Continued Education of our G-A Students:

We regret that at this time we are not able to provide any new learning for our students during this time.  Legislation at both the federal and state levels, would require some supplemental services that at this time, there is not a way to provide virtually.  Many students who are enrolled in AP courses, Michigan Virtual Courses, or in our E2020 credit recovery program are wanting to keep going.  At this time, however, that will not occur.  What we do know is that this situation is constantly evolving, and it is my hope that the technical issues behind this legislation will get worked out and you someday hear something different from me😊

Length of Closure and Spring Break:

We continue to operate under Governor Whitmer’s order to close all -K-12 school buildings to students until Sunday, April 5.  Additionally, G-A schools will be closed over our scheduled spring break of April 6 – April 12.  Until we hear something different, school will resume for our students on Monday, April 13.  Should any further closures be ordered we will certainly communicate that to you.

Extended Calendar and Forgiveness of Days: 

Yesterday legislators refused to vote on providing any additional relief to districts for the number of days we will have lost as a result of this closure.  If nothing changes, we will need to look at adding days.  Given current law, we automatically get 6 days forgiven and we can ask for 3 additional days (9 total days forgiven).  Our closure is 15 days and we have had 1.5 snow days.  That would leave us with potentially 7+ days to make up in June.  Stay tuned as again, things are likely to change but I want you to know today’s reality.

Safety of Children & Staff: 

All G-A buildings will remain closed to students, staff and the public.  Our administration office will remain open Monday – Thursday, 8:00 – 5:00 p.m. & is located on the west end of the High School. Please call 269-484-2000 should you have questions that are not answered in today’s update. 

Spring Athletics/HS Credits and Graduation: 

We continue to not allow any spring athletic practices through April 5.  We are still waiting to hear from the Michigan High School Athletic Association as to whether spring sports will be cancelled altogether.  We have not cancelled High School graduation at this time, and we are unable to answer any questions about high school credits for 9th-12th grades. 

Breakfast and Lunch Program: 

G-A will continue to deliver lunch/breakfast to morning bus stops and have pick up sites at the Primary School and the Augusta Academy parking lot.  This week we have provided access to meals each day, Tuesday – Friday.  Next week we will reduce that to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and will provide multiple days’ worth of both lunch and breakfast on those three days. If in the future that schedule changes, we will send the information via email, robo call, our district’s FB and website.

Galesburg-Augusta Bond Election in May, 2020: 

We have been notified that the Governor will sign an executive order today encouraging districts to postpone May elections until August.  The other option will be to have an all absentee voter mail-in election in May.  Election sites will be closed.  We will be holding a special board meeting on Friday at 10:00 a.m. in the High School media center at which time our Board of Education will decide whether to postpone the requested millage increase for facilities.  Should we postpone, there will be no detrimental effect to students and programs.  It would, however, delay the timeline for building additional classrooms at our Primary School and being able to move 4th grades back to the Primary and 8th grades back to the Middle School.  Please watch for updates on this topic.

What can families and students be doing?

Let us know if you have needs for which you have not found resources.  If we cannot help, perhaps we can point you in a direction to someone that might be able to support you and your family.

Please stay healthy by continuing to limit close personal contact between individuals.  We encourage our students, families and staff to limit large-group activities and to follow the protective health measures listed below in order to prevent the spread of illness:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If unavailable, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick. (and I will add those who are at a higher risk)
  • If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.

Be well, expect future robo calls as needed, and check our website, Facebook and your emails for updates.

 

 

Sincerely,

Wendy Maynard-Somers

Superintendent