As the Freeland Community School District completes our first month of school, I thought it would be a good time to share information, provide reminders, and give an update as to how the school year has gone to this point. Some items to share:
- Over 85% of Freeland’s students attend school “in-person.” Y5-8th grade students attend school every day, and 9th - 12th grade students attend every other day. We expect this 9-12 schedule to continue until our region is moved into Phase 5 and a recommendation is made from our Return to Instruction and Learning workgroup.
- More and more families are taking advantage of the free meals (breakfast and lunch) being provided for all of our students.
- Our COVID-19 data through the first four (4) weeks of the school year is as follows:
- Three (3) confirmed COVID-19 cases for students and staff
- Sixteen (16) suspected COVID-19 cases for students and staff
- Parents are reminded that they will be personally informed if their child comes in “close contact” (within six (6) feet for 15 minutes or more) with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19. Additionally, information will be provided to the parents of any students who may have had any kind of contact with a COVID positive individual
- We appreciate our parents completing the daily health screening of their child every day. It is important that children are kept home if they have any COVID-19 symptoms, or are just not feeling well. This is our first line of defense against COVID-19 and other illnesses that can be spread in our schools.
- Additionally, reminding your child to practice the 3 Ws (Wash your Hands, Wear a Mask, & Watch Your Distance) can help prevent the risk of COVID-19.
- We have had five (5) good weeks of “in-person” learning; have launched a “virtual” option for those parents who feel more comfortable having their children at home; have had a successful fall sports season to this point, offering opportunities to compete for our student athletes; and have faced an increased amount of changes placed on our schools by the pandemic, the State, and the continual way that the 2020 school year has evolved.
We want to thank our parents and community for your patience with this evolution, your understanding that things are different, and your willingness to experience this school year with us. We are working hard to make this work for our community and our Freeland families, and are committed to our students’ learning and their safety.