Chatfield School Information

Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

Unchartered Territory

The mandated closure of schools in Michigan has created many challenges and questions. We want to provide as much information as we can regarding Chatfield School and your child's education. In this document we try to answer as many questions as we can based on the information that we have right now from sources like the Governor's office, Department of Education, Chatfield Board of Directors, Lapeer Intermediate School District, and local and state Health Department.

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?

The closure is Monday, March 16 through Monday, April 13, 2020. With the President's new recommendations to extend social distancing protocols through April 30, we anticipate that the school closure will be extended. At this time we are awaiting direction from the Governor's office on how much longer the closure will be extended.

Can my children particpate in the free meal program in Lapeer?

Yes. Chatfield School is part of the collaborative free food program in Lapeer. The goal is to provide food to children in a non-congregate setting for the next several weeks. This free food program is available to all children under 18 years old and those with special needs under 26.

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?

At this time all meetings have been postponed and will be rescheduled when school resumes.

Will instructional days lost because of the closure be forgiven or will they need to be made up?

There has not been specific guidance from the Michigan Department of Education on this issue. At this time public schools are required to provide 180 instructional days and are allowed six forgiven emergency (snow) days. We have used five of our snow days already this year. Required number of school days and flexibility within those guidelines is both an executive and legislative function in our state government.

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?

At this time we anticipate that report cards will be sent home on Friday, April 24.

How can I support my child's learning during the closure?

If you have not, please take time to read the Chatfield Learning Resources at this link: Learning Resources

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?

Communication should be through email. Teachers may not respond immediately, but have been asked to check email and respond to emails in a timely manner.

Please do not use facebook or other social media to attempt to communicate with school staff.

Will we have online learning?

Students are currently encouraged to be using the resources that have been provided by teachers to be learning at home. Please check your email for updates from your child's teachers. While we may not mandate this work, we do strongly encourage your child to be completing the learning opportunities provided by teachers.

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?

This is a work in progress and we realize that on-line learning can not and will not replace the quality instructional experience Chatfield students receive daily. Teachers will create assignments and post resources in Google Classroom. Students will complete the assignments and turn work in via Google Classroom. Additionally the teacher will provide direct instruction via Google Meet or Zoom at a specified period. These Google Meet or Zoom sessions would be recorded and posted for a student that might not be able to log on during the assigned Google Meet time.

How will technology and materials be provided for online learning?

Families that do not currently have a Chatfield issued chromebook have been asked to pick one up. One chromebook per family will be provided. Internet access issues will also be a factor that we will address with individual families. If at this time you do not have internet access we recommend that you consider acquiring service through a provider that is offering free services during the Coronavirus shutdown.

If we do have on-line learning how will we make sure it is equitable?

It is our goal to provide every family with the necessary tools to be able to have students utilize Google Classroom and other apps to be able to accomplish the learning tasks set out by teachers. Internet access issues will be a factor that we will address with individual families. If at this time you do not have internet access we recommend that you consider acquiring service through a provider that is offering free services during the Coronavirus shutdown. Parents must play a significant role in supporting the use of the Google Classroom and supporting and supervising their child with the technology.

What impact will this closure have on state-level testing requirements?

State level testing (ie. M-STEP and PSAT8), while normally required for all students as part of both state and federal mandates, has been cancelled for this school year.

Chatfield School Enrollment Lottery

All enrollment processes (turning in sibling enrollment forms, etc.) will be postponed until school is back in session or until the school office is open regularly. New due dates will be posted when they are determined.

Are we observing Spring Break?

Yes. We will be observing Spring Break. The main office staff will continue communications with families. Some teachers may continue communications with families and be providing additional learning opportunities via email as they have been doing. However, in general teachers will not be expected to respond to emails or provide learning opportunities from March 28-April 3.

What about Class Trips and Field Studies?

We will be in contact with individual grades regarding how field studies and class trips are being handled. Please stay tuned.

Is Chatfield being cleaned and how will the school be prepared for the return of students

The school building is being deep cleaned by our cleaning crew. Prior to the closure the cleaning crew had assumed additional hours for sanitizing the building. The protocols that were started prior to the closure including additional cleaning crew will be maintained until the threat is mitigated. All cleaning is done using cleaners and supplies to meet the requirements of health and safety guidelines.

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:

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:

The Chatfield Family is here for you...

We want to be able to support you and your family during this time. While the closure and social distancing make direct contact nearly impossible, we are able to support families that may need it in other ways. Please reach out via email to Mr. Kraly, Mr. Young, Mrs. Kress or any staff member. We will work together to support you and your family.