Imlay City Schools FAQ

School Closure Frequently Asked Questions

Spartans and Spartan Families

We realize there are a great many questions our students and families will have regarding the Governor’s mandated shutdown of schools. We are working to provide as many answers as possible. Here is a “Frequently Asked Questions” document you may find helpful. It will be updated weekly, as more information is provided from the State and the Michigan Department of Education.

Nos damos cuenta de que hay muchas preguntas que nuestros estudiantes y familias tendrán sobre el cierre obligatorio de escuelas por parte del Gobernador. Estamos trabajando para proporcionar tantas respuestas como sea posible. Aquí hay un documento de "Preguntas frecuentes" que puede resultarle útil. Se actualizará semanalmente, a medida que se brinde más información del Estado y del Departamento de Educación de Michigan.

Preguntas frecuentes - Versión en español

Consulte el siguiente enlace para ver estas preguntas frecuentes en español. El documento fue traducido con Google Translate. Por favor, perdona cualquier error.

What does the shutdown mean for Imlay City Schools?

On Monday, March 23, Governor Whitmer signed a "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order. This order is through Monday, April 13. Therefore, at this time, ICS will be closed through April 13.

All school buildings and facilities are closed to the public, including administration offices. Some essential district-level personnel will report at this time.

All events, activities, and athletic programs, including practices, have been canceled. Child care programs have also been canceled during the shut-down.

Will buildings be thoroughly cleaned during this shutdown?

During the shutdown, we will continue to conduct sanitization of classrooms and other high traffic areas and surfaces, as well as frequently handled/shared items such as computers, doorknobs, light switches and equipment. Deep cleaning of the buildings will be conducted in preparation for the return of students.

Will the schools provide meals for students during the shutdown?

Yes! Modified food service will be available during this period of closure. Imlay City Schools will be providing free lunch and snacks for all children ages 18 and under. Meals can be picked up on Tuesdays and Fridays from 4:00-7:00 at Imlay City High School. The pick-up location will be in the front parking lot by the drop-off door. We ask that you remain in your vehicles. Volunteers will facilitate delivering meals to you.

  • March 24, 27, 31
  • April 3, 7, 10

Will the District be providing online instruction for students to complete during the shutdown?

Unfortunately, no. However, our faculty has assembled a list of resources for additional online and screen-free learning opportunities for parents and students to use during the shutdown. A paper copy of that list was mailed to homes on Tuesday, March 17. Additionally, they can be found on the main page of the district’s website at, under “Spartan Learning Links.” They are also linked below. They have also been posted to district social media. Any lessons or materials shared by teachers and/or staff should be considered as suggestions ONLY and not as mandatory or required homework.

Spartan Learning Links

Will students be required to go to school in summer to make up time?

This will not be a local decision. We will have to get the answer to this question from the State and from the Michigan Department of Education. As of this writing, we have received no directives regarding makeup time. As soon as we know, we will pass that information on to families.

How will the shutdown affect my child’s grades?

No student is to be expected to complete work at this time and should not be penalized for this forced shutdown. Students will be offered the opportunity to make up or complete any pre-shutdown required work when they return, but with consideration of the implications that this time off creates for student learning. We will reevaluate our curriculum and learning expectations when the time comes for school to resume. No child’s grade will be affected by the shutdown.

Will the third marking period be extended?

We will pick up where we left off in lesson plans and continue as a semester when we return. At this time, we do not plan to alter the marking period.

How will this affect seniors?

In the past, makeup days have not affected our seniors but we simply do not know the answer at this time. As soon as we have a directive from the State and the Michigan Department of Education, we will let you know.

What about spring sports?

Right now the sports season is suspended. No athletic activities, including practices, will take place until further notice. We will continue to work with the Michigan High School Athletic Association and our league to help with guidance and answer questions.

What about little league and community sports?

Our facilities are closed to the public. Reach out to your league leadership regarding timetables for rec leagues and little league, but no community programs will be able to use district facilities, including fields, during the time of this shutdown.

My student has an IEP. How will that be handled?

We usually have 30 school days to execute an IEP. Since we are not providing any kind of educational services the days of the shutdown will not be counted toward the 30-day requirement. As such, everything will be pushed back. Students with an IEP will resume their regularly scheduled programs and services upon their return.

Will the District be crediting families the tuition they have paid for this session of latchkey and preschool?


Can Venture High School students continue with their online programming?

Yes. If your courses are open, you may continue completing them. Email us if you have specific program questions.

Will outside small groups still be able to use the building?

No. Our facilities are completely closed to the public.

How will this affect state testing - M-STEP and the SAT in the spring?

This will not be a local decision. What we do currently know is that the MDE received preliminary approval over the weekend of March 21/22 to waive a number of federal requirements for statewide student testing. State Board of Education President Dr. Casandra Ulbrich and State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice have advocated for a nationwide waiver of statewide student assessments in favor of focusing on the more immediate needs of children.

The U.S. Department of Education responded by offering every state the opportunity to submit waiver requests for a number testing and accountability requirements. MDE has submitted its request. The U.S. Department of Education gave their preliminary approval and we are now waiting on Michigan legislature to amend state law that requires statewide testing and accountability.

We will continue to provide updates as we receive them.

What about student trips?

All student trips during the shutdown have been cancelled. The Board of Education will review and make decisions on outside trips scheduled after April 6. As these trips are addressed, we will communicate decisions to families.

What about the ICHS Prom?

Prom has been tentatively rescheduled to May 2nd at the same time and location as previously scheduled. However, the status of this event may change (cancellation or postponement) based on recommendations about large gatherings or event closures. More information to come.

What about college courses through the STEMM Academy, DEEP, and other dual enrollment classes?

At this time, college courses are moving to online formats and are taking place. Please check via virtual means (email, Skype, etc.) with your instructors regarding these courses.

Who do I contact if I need to get in touch with someone at the school?

You can contact us by email. The easiest way to do so is to go to the staff directory page on our website, ICS Staff Directory, and click on the associated email link. We are bringing in essential staff only. Building offices are closed, and the central office will be short staffed. Email will be monitored during the shutdown.