Lake Fenton Community Schools superintendent
On June 30, Governor Whitmer released the MI Safe Schools: Return to School Roadmap. The 63-page document provides school districts with guidance that outlines actions, which are required, strongly recommended and recommended, depending upon which phase of the reopening plan the region is in. Based on the current situation and the information in the Roadmap, we will be returning in the fall, but with new requirements to implement.
The good news is … We get to return! In Lake Fenton, our teachers began preparations for three possibilities for the fall. 1) face-to-face 2) blended schedule with face-to-face and online content 3) fully virtual. No matter what phase our state is in with regard to reopening, we will be prepared to educate our students for the entire school year. We know our plans have to be fluid and flexible.
Teachers understand they may be faced with a similar situation where one day they are teaching face-to-face and the next day could be virtual. We understand we need to improve our virtual opportunities and we have been working to do so. We also know we need to see our students and our students need to see the staff and their friends. This has been such an emotional roller coaster for so many reasons, being able to start school will be good for all of us.
We also understand families are in very different places with regard to their comfort level with returning to school. Some families have no desire to send their children back to a face-to-face environment at this time, others are excited to get them back to the school setting and some are still uncertain. We completely understand and respect the varying degrees of concerns amongst our Lake Fenton families.
In the days and weeks ahead, we will be reviewing the Return to School Roadmap, preparing and hopefully finalizing our plans for the fall. For those families who are interested in a 100-percent virtual option, we will have that available for the start of school.
Please know school districts throughout Michigan will be working on return to school plans that best meet the needs of their families. Plans that emerge may be very different, but there is not a “one size fits all” when it comes to educating our kids.
Thank you to all of our families for your patience and understanding as we continue to plot a new course in the world of education.