Friday, March 13, 2020
Dear Schoolcraft High School families,
As your inbox is pinging with multiple updates, communications, and guidelines related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, we want to send a specific communication about scheduled SHS events and conform the means by which you may get in touch with SHS Administration during this state-mandated shut-down.
SCHEDULED BREAK. Per Governor Whitmer’s direction, all Michigan PreK-12 schools are on a mandatory shut-down. While schools may resume Monday, April 6th, SCS will be back in session April 13th, per our scheduled Spring Break. We have been in communication with our teaching staff who will be supporting student learning during the duration of the shut-down. Teachers will be in touch with students via email regarding distance learning and the support offered for the continuation of learning over the next three weeks. Students will see correspondence from their teachers via email by Wednesday, March 18th. For any student or family with limited Internet connectivity or no available technology, please call the SHS Main Office and we can make all necessary arrangements.
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES. As of today, the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) has suspended all sports for all seasons, effective Monday, March 16th through Sunday, April 5th. This decision involves in-season (spring sports) as well as our postseason boys and girls basketball teams. If the current schedule holds, our spring and remaining winter sports teams may resume practice on Monday, April 6th. Meanwhile, any current extracurricular activity, including our spring musical, Robotics, and other student clubs must also suspend meetings, rehearsals, and competitions.
UP-COMING EVENTS. In looking at our calendar following Spring Break, we are still planning on maintaining Prom on Saturday, May 9th, graduation commencement on Sunday, June 7th, and the planned student trip to Costa Rica. At the moment, the Michigan Department of Education has not addressed altering state-mandated standardized testing with the M-STEP, PSAT, and SAT tests; therefore, those dates remain the same and are posted on our April school calendar. As has been the case thus far, we are experiencing an extremely fluid situation and dates and deadlines might change. We will keep you informed of any major changes or alterations.
CONTACTING SHS. As a building principal, I will be in District for the duration of the shut-down. Given the nature of supporting students, staff, and our school community during this unique time, I may not be immediately available; however, do not hesitate to reach out via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or on my mobile number at (269) 274-3650.
As we navigate this fluid situation, we are sure to experience situations we have yet to consider. Thank you for raising any concerns you might have with the reassurance we will continue to make sound decisions in the best interest of our children’s, staff’s, and school community’s well-being and safety in mind.
Yours in education,
Matthew J. Dailey, Principal