February 19, 2021
Hello Sunset Lake Families,
I hope your family has been able to enjoy Michigan's snow and everyone is well. I wanted to remind you that next week we have a half-day with dismissal at 12:15 on Thursday, February 25th. Our VCS staff will be receiving our second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine which is an important part of keeping our schools open for in-person instruction. Also, please note that next Friday, February 26th is Mid-Winter Break and there is no school.
During the winter months and with so much more screen time our children are enduring, it is important that we help our children experience time in the outdoors. I hope you find this article from HealthyChildren.org helpful in finding ways to spend family time in the great outdoors. Getting Children Outdoors
We continue to ask if there is anyone in the household who is being tested for COVID-19 to keep your child home until the test results come back. Also, please be sure to go through the student screener questions (see below) each day before you send your child(ren) to school.
As always we continue to encourage all of our families to try and keep safety precautions in mind. Every measure counts and together we can try and minimize the negative impact COVID-19 could have on your child's education.
Please visit this link at State of Michigan Covid for up-to-date information.
Together we can work to minimize exposure for our students and staff. Thank you!
Thank you Sunset Lake Families!
Yours in Learning,
Sunset Lake Elementary Principal
Virtual Learning Updates
*No news to share out at this time.
If you have any questions regarding their progress please contact Tamara Young at 321-1562 or email Chris VanderMei, your child's teacher. Thank You!
If you are unsure if your child has materials to pick up please check with your child(ren)'s teacher. Please just come to our front door to buzz the front office. We will bring your child's material out to you. The best time for pick-up is typically 9-3 pm to help avoid the busy times of drop-off and pick-up times.
Feb 25 - 1/2 day for Students
Feb 26 - Midwinter Break - No school
March 9 - PTSO Mtg.
March 12 - 1/2 day of school
Drop-Off and Pick-Up Reminders
For pick-up please be sure to drive around the baseball fields and use Wellhouse to the Sunset Private drive to enter our parking lot. Please stay in your car to keep our traffic flowing. If you need more time for buckling we have found it beneficial to pull forward slowly or park your car to take care of buckling your child.
*IMPORTANT: Our bus ramp should be clear of all cars during our start and end of the day. Please do not pull into our bus ramp area to drop off your child in the morning.
Below you will find our Sunset Lake Drop-off and Pick-up plan in more detail.
International Travel Protocols for VCS
VCS Families and Staff:
Spring Break is just around the corner! Please be aware that based on current CDC guidelines, and after consultation with the Kalamazoo County Health Department, VCS has revised procedures concerning international travel.
The CDC requires all air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country to get tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result to the airline before boarding the flight. Air passengers who have had a positive viral test for COVID-19 in the past 3 months, and have met the criteria to end isolation, may travel instead with documentation of their positive viral test results and a letter from their healthcare provider or a public health official that states they have been cleared for travel.
Due to the change in CDC requirements and in consultation with the Kalamazoo County Health Department, Vicksburg Community Schools requires all students/staff traveling to the US from a foreign country to quarantine for 7 days before returning to school (previously the District required a 10 day quarantine). Staff and students must also provide documentation of negative test results obtained before departure from the international location.