SLCS District Update

March 4 , 2021

Note from the Superintendent

Greetings SLCS Families,


Happy March is Reading Month! This month we shine a spotlight on promoting a love of reading. Try to set a goal of reading as family every day. Did you know that reading as little as 20 minutes every day can lead to reading a total of 1,800,000 words over the course of one year?! Just imagine all of the new and wonderful places or fun and interesting topics that can be explored through the books read during that time. The organization Reading is Fundamental shares daily literacy tips for families throughout the month of March. Click here for daily tips and family reading resources.


As a reminder, secondary students (6-12) in the Hybrid/In-Person pathway will be attending 100% in-person 4 days per week starting Monday, March 8th. We are excited to have our secondary students returning to classrooms. Please recognize that this does not mean in any way that things have returned to pre-pandemic normal.


In order to be able to maintain this level of in-person instruction (PK-12), it is imperative that we maintain strict adherence to the established mitigation strategies. As you know, these include frequent hand washing, wearing facial coverings, maintaining physical distancing (to the extent feasible), and isolating/quarantining are necessary to mitigate the spread of the virus. Please continue to screen your students daily for signs and symptoms of the virus and keep them home when they are sick or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive. Thank you in advance!


Have a safe and wonderful weekend!

Steve Archibald

Secondary Families

We are so excited to welcome all of our Hybrid/In-Person students back into our school buildings for four days of in-person instruction beginning next week. As a reminder, Wednesday will remain a remote learning day for all students.


As we move to this new phase in our in-person instruction this year, there are likely many questions around what happens if your child has to be quarantined due to an exposure to COVID-19. An overview of the components of a Quarantine Learning Plan were shared at the Board of Education meeting this week and are summarized below:


If your child is quarantined due to exposure to a positive COVID-19 case, they will still have access to instructional materials while they must remain out of school. Teachers have several options for getting instruction to their quarantined students and will work with students to keep them caught up with in-person instruction while they are at home. These plans will also let students know how to get their activities and assignments, as well as what to do if they have questions on the instruction or assignments while they are quarantined. Each teacher will have their plan for quarantined students posted in their Google Classroom and will let students know where to find this information as well.


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Special Education - Parenting Support

Positive Solutions Parenting Group (Early Childhood)

Does our new virtual world have your child behaving differently? Are you concerned about your child adjusting? Feeling overwhelmed? We may have a positive solution for you!

Join our 6 week virtual parenting series.

Dates: Mondays - April 12, April 19, April 26, May 3, May 10, May 17

Time: 10:00am-11:00am

This series will provide information to families of young children (ages 0-6) on how to develop social and emotional skills, begin to understand challenging behavior and encourage positive behavior.


These FREE sessions will be virtual on Google Meet. Link provided when you register.

REGISTER HERE



For more information contact:

Katie Baidel, M.A.,CCC-SLP at baidelk@slcs.us or

Katherine Michaels, LLMSW, SSW at michaelsk@slcs.us or call 248.667.8403


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.

Transportation

Reminder that students will need to keep their face mask on during the entire ride to/from school.

Students will be assigned a seat by the driver. When possible, they will be seated with a sibling. It is possible students may be seated with someone they do not know.

Drivers will try to space students out however there are some routes where social distancing is not possible. It is important to use hand sanitizer and keep face mask on the entire ride to/from school.

Remember to not send their child on the bus/to school if they are showing symptoms of illness.

Note: In regards to bus drivers wearing face masks - there may be situations where it is not safe for the bus driver to wear a facial covering. If it hinders their driving in any way, they are allowed to pull it down.