Chatfield School Information
Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
We want you to know that we are here for each and every family. If there is any way that we can support your child or family please reach out to us via email.
Bill Kraly and Matt Young
Updated March 31, 2020.
What are the dates of the closure?
Can my children particpate in the free meal program in Lapeer?
Meals will be distributed using drive thru-pick-up style at the Center for Innovation Building located at 170 Millville Rd in Lapeer between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Upcoming Schedule for Meal Service
Week of March 30
Tuesday, March 31 – Pick-up Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday meals.
Friday, April 3 – Pick-up Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday meals
Week of April 6
Tuesday April 7 – Pick up Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday meals
Friday, April 10 – Pick-up Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday meals
If closure extends beyond Monday April 13, we will communicate a new schedule.
Any questions please call Joanne VanHouten, Director of Dining (810) 538-1649.
Is Chatfield School Open to Students or Parents?
No, the school is not open to the public. Some essential personnel will report at this time.
All events, activities, and athletic programs, including practices, have been cancelled. Child
care programs have also been canceled during the shut-down. If the school is opened to allow for item collection we will send an email notification of the date and time.
Will parent/teacher conferences, team meetings, 504/IEP meetings during this closure be rescheduled?
Will instructional days lost because of the closure be forgiven or will they need to be made up?
As soon as we know, we will pass that information on to families.
Will the shutdown affect my child's grades?
No. Students will not be penalized for this required 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 school resumes.
Will the third marking period be extended?
Yes. As of now the third marking period has been extended until April 17.
What about third marking period report cards?
How can I support my child's learning during the closure?
Teachers have been asked to be in email communication with students about assignments and tasks that should be completed during the closure. The assignments and task are learning options that are very valuable to allow students to maintain their learning during the closure. While these assignments and tasks are not required, participation and completion is very highly recommended. It is the role of parents as Chatfield partners to support their child's participation in these activiites.
How should students and parents expect to communicate with the teachers or other school staff?
Please do not use facebook or other social media to attempt to communicate with school staff.
Will we have online learning?
We do plan to provide interactive on-line programming for all students using the platform of Google Classroom for grades 3-8. For grades k-2 teachers may use Google Classroom or the platform that we deem most appropriate.
How might on-line learning work?
How will technology and materials be provided for online learning?
If we do have on-line learning how will we make sure it is equitable?
What impact will this closure have on state-level testing requirements?
Chatfield School Enrollment Lottery
Are we observing Spring Break?
What about Class Trips and Field Studies?
Is Chatfield being cleaned and how will the school be prepared for the return of students
How can I help my child cope with anxiety at this time?
The daily rhythm of life has changed significantly for all of our families. Some of you are juggling working from home along with your children’s needs. Some of you are laid off and dealing with that stress. It is ok to shelter your child from the daily news and some of the complexities of this time. We have included some resources we hope may be of help:
- Talking to Children About COVID-19: National Association of School Psychologists
- Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks: Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
- Talking with Children about Coronavirus: CDC
- Helping Children Cope with Emergencies: CDC
- How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus: PBS Kids
Additionally, we are sure many of you have been faced with the question if your child can get together with friends. Here are some links regarding that topic for guidance:
- CDC Recommendation: Discourage children and teens from gathering in other public places while school is dismissed to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community
- Coronavirus is Here. Should Kids Still Have Playdates? Fatherly Magazine