SLCS District Update

March 25, 2021

Note from the Superintendent

Greetings SLCS Families,


I have had the pleasure of participating in several reading activities in various elementary schools through this month. What an absolute delight it was for me. The students were so very impressive. They were tremendous listeners, provided thoughtful insights as to the book I had read, and asked very insightful questions during open conversation. I really want to thank all of our parents for sharing your children with us. It is our great fortune to be with them each day and to help them learn and grow.


We know there are many questions about what schooling will look like for the 2021-2022 school year. Our intent at this time, barring any unforeseen circumstances, is to provide our students with five full days per week of in-person instruction. If there is enough interest for a Virtual Learning Pathway, we will offer this as an option for our families for the 2021-2022 school year. A preliminary survey will be sent to families soon via Skylert.


I’d like to take a moment to commend the flexible thinking of our transportation staff- in particular our manager, assistant manager, and our drivers. This school year has been challenging for all departments and staff. This week, however, our transportation department needed to reassign a large number of routes while dealing with a higher number of open positions than normal. We are grateful as well for students and families being patient with new drivers to their routes, adjusted times, and in the case of our high schools, suspended routes.


We are in need of additional drivers. If you are interested in applying, please call 248-573-8900.


Have a safe and wonderful weekend!

Steve Archibald

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New Teachers

Wednesday March 24th our first and second year teachers were invited to participate in a workshop led by SLCS building administrators. Teachers engaged in activities that strengthened their strategies surrounding student engagement and success. It is evident that our staff is dedicated and committed to the students they serve. Amidst the pandemic, our focus and passion for teaching and learning was prevalent as we support each other and new SLCS staff. While we adjust to a rapidly changing educational environment, our new teachers shared strategies of adapting and succeeding in the virtual and physical classrooms. Great and wonderful things are happening in SLCS.
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Free Preschool

Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) = FREE Preschool

GSRP registration for the 2021-2022 school year: Application - GSRP

The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is a free four year old preschool program that meets Monday - Thursday, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. The qualifications are based on income. For example, a family of four that earns $66,250 a year, qualifies for GSRP. If you have any questions, please contact Michael Lloyd (lloydm@slcs.us).

Elementary Families

We would like to provide some information related to some upcoming changes in our Specials programming (Art, Music, and Physical Education). Upon our return from Spring Break, elementary in-person classes will travel to the art and music classrooms for art and music instruction, similar to how they have been traveling to the gym for physical education classes. Our goal in making this shift is to allow our elementary students one additional structured and organized opportunity during the school day to leave their classroom and move to another area of the building. Additionally, some of the lessons and activities typically completed as part of art and music instruction are not able to be completed in the students’ grade level classrooms. Moving art and music instruction back to the art and music classrooms will allow for more robust art and music instruction.


Cohorting and mitigation measures will remain in place while students participate in art and music classes. Students will remain cohorted with their classroom. Student work areas in the Art and Music classrooms will be disinfected between classes. Art and Music teachers will build seating charts using the classroom seating charts in order to maintain our mitigation strategies while also working to minimize close contacts.


There will be no changes to the Specials schedule or implementation for Virtual Learning Pathway students at this time.


Additionally, with report cards for the second trimester coming out soon for both our in-person and Virtual Learning Pathway students, we wanted to make you aware that specials courses will not be marking standards for the second trimester. However, teachers may leave comments on the report card if necessary. Art, Music and Physical Education teachers will be providing feedback on the third trimester report card.


Food Service

Lunch will be offered, free, to all students who are attending in person class.


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: Meals are set up as a “Grab and Go” with choices of hot or cold entrees. A free meal consists of entrée, fruit, vegetable and milk.


Wednesday’s Lunch is offered as a “Take Home” to all students every Tuesday. Students can stop by outside the cafeteria on Tuesday’s after school to pick up Wednesday lunch and 5 breakfasts.


Tuesday “Take Home” meals consist of:

(5) Breakfast, (5) Juice and (5) 8oz Milk

(1) Lunch, (1) Fruit, (1) Vegetable and (1) 8oz Milk



Ala Carte Milk: .50 cents (Milk is only free with a school lunch.)


Supply Chain Struggles: Menu is subject to change, if product is not available from the manufacturer. Menu items will be replaced with something similar or a different item.


Menu is located on the District Website under the Food Service Department.


Food distribution for VLP students, quarantined students and remote students due to no transportation for high schools is on Wednesdays at SLHS door 11 from 4:30-6:00


There will be no food distribution the week of spring break, April 5th through April 9th.


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Transportation

We are short bus drivers, if anyone is interested in becoming a bus driver for our district, we would love to have you join our team! Call 248-573-8900 for more information.


Walking is good for the body and mind. Now that we are enjoying warmer weather, this is a great time of year to consider walking to the bus stops and/or school instead of driving. This may also help decrease the amount of traffic around bus loops at the schools and around bus stops in subdivisions.

Wellness Review - Quarantine Requirements

Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. It helps prevent the spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are infected with a virus. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from the health department.


Close contacts are persons who have had the following contact with a COVID-19 positive individual:

  • Within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more

  • Provides care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19

  • Direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)

  • Shared eating or drinking utensils

  • Sneezed, coughed, or came in contact with the person’s respiratory droplets

  • Other situational circumstances


When a person has been identified as being a close contact by our district, the identified individual is expected to quarantine. South Lyon Community Schools is able to reduce the 14 day quarantine requirement to 10 days AS LONG AS the individual does not develop symptoms.

For more information about quarantine guidelines visit the Oakland County Health Department website:

Oakland County: Coronavirus Disease 2019 | COVID-19 Resources

Wellness: Travel Guidance

Spring break is just around the corner. Many families are planning to travel to warmer climates. The Michigan Department for Health and Human Services has travel guidance: MDHHS travel guidance

Wellness: COVID-19 Questions and Answers

For the 2020-2021 school year, our district was assigned two amazing nurses from the Oakland County Health Department: Caroline Mason and Artemis Fuchs. They recently compiled the most commonly asked questions about COVID-19 and provided answers to each. Take a look by clicking the following link: SLCS COVID-19 Questions March 2021