Dear Mattawan Later Elementary Parents,
We hope this writing finds you well and we thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate this unprecedented situation with school closures. This is a very fluid situation and we are doing our best to provide you with opportunities for your children. We ask that you please continue to monitor your email.
As we move forward it is our desire to provide our families with as many learning opportunities as possible to assist you in working with your children. Due to certain restrictions in state and federal law, we must abide by the following when providing you resources:
- Students are not required to complete any of the learning opportunities.
- There will be no grades given for learning opportunities.
- Participation in these learning opportunities will not impact an overall course grade.
On our mattawanschools.org website, you will be able to access links and other information on resources available to you in keeping your children active during this time. Reading is another key and is a critical component to all learning, so we encourage you to keep this as a part of your family routine during this period of closure.
As one can imagine there are many different stories circulating about how school districts are responding to this situation. Like many of you, we have friends in many different districts, and everyone has a different initial response. We cannot begin to say who is right or wrong in their approach. I ask that we all step back and reserve judgment until things settle. In some fashion, the dust is starting to settle and I know Dr. Buchler has received some guidance from Thrun Law (who advise many Michigan districts) and the Michigan Department of Education. This information will be used to guide our decisions and future discussions.
We are in uncharted waters as we write this, school is closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The district leadership team continues to meet to refine a comprehensive plan related to meals, additional learning opportunities, building access (if any), and the schedule for the remainder of the year.
At this time, we encourage everyone to take all the necessary precautions related to one’s health and well-being. Along those lines, we also encourage students to exercise a normal daily routine that involves a decent bedtime and wake up time for possible learning opportunities, and time for exercise. The term, “social distancing”, has become the latest precaution to utilize. We are asking our teachers to make at a minimum a weekly contact with their students to keep in touch and check on the well being of each of them.
In closing, I wish everyone well. More information will be provided over the coming days and weeks. Stay strong and stay healthy!
With Wildcat Pride,
John T. Berlin