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 May 18, 2020.
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
Each bag will contain a breakfast and a lunch.
Tuesdays – Pick-up Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday meals.
Fridays – Pick-up Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday meals
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. The school will be open at various times between May 19 and June 12 for families to begin enrollment processes and end of year requirements. Please see your child's newsletter for details.
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?
With an approved Continuity of Learning Plan, public schools are required to provide 180 instructional days and are allowed up to 6 days for weather and 18 days for COVID-19 to be forgiven. At this time we anticipate that Chatfield will meet that requirement as long as our learning plan continues through June 10 (our scheduled last day of school). At this time it appears we will not have to make up school days.
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. During the online schooling program students may maintain or raise their grade.
Will the third marking period be extended?
No. The third marking period will end March 11, 2020. The gradebooks will remain open so that students can improve their grade on assignments that had been graded prior to March 11.
What about third marking period report cards?
How can I support my child's learning during the closure?
1. Check Google Classroom daily with your child.
2. Provide your child with a quality work space that is free of distractions. Provide some scrap paper, pencils, etc.
3. Provide reading support or explanation of the directions as needed.
4. Talk positively about learning and doing school work on-line. We know this can be tough! Your attitude will impact your child's attitude.
5. Parents, you are the guide, but you not the evaluator. Try to be non-judgemental with your child. Adhere to your expectations of completion, but allow the classroom teacher to provide the evaluation and feedback of actual quality of work.
If you have not, please take time to read the Chatfield Learning Resources at this link: Learning Resources
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.
How does on-line learning work?
How will technology and materials be provided for on-line learning?
How are we making sure on-line learning is equitable?
What impact will this closure have on state-level testing requirements?
Chatfield School Enrollment Lottery
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