*We will continue to update this page as changes are announced*
Update: April 3, 2020 – 4PM.- Message from our Principal
IMPORTANT UPDATE: APRIL 2, 2020 – 12:30 PM Governor’s Executive Order
Dear Three Oaks families, Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-35, which orders all K-12 school buildings to close for the remainder of the school year — unless restrictions are lifted — and ensures the continuation of learning by setting guidelines for remote learning. It breaks my heart that we are not returning to our classrooms this academic year, but I know that our teachers are dedicated to working with you to educate our students during this unprecedented time. While teachers and students will not be returning to their classroom, our mission of educating and caring for students does not stop. According to the Executive Order, The Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators and the Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers are currently developing a Continuity of Learning Plan template application for schools to utilize in order to create their localized plan. The application template will be made available to us by April 3, 2020. As soon as we receive the template, we will adapt our distance learning plan and seek approval by our authorizer. The governor requested that our plans begin on April 28, 2020 at the latest. It is our hope that we implement distance learning no later than April 13th. Please note, all standardized tests previously scheduled for the remainder of the school year, including the M-STEP and the SAT, will be canceled. All Michigan high school seniors will be given the opportunity to graduate this year so that they may make a successful postsecondary transition. All other students will be given the opportunity to earn course credit through a variety of means that best match course objectives. By now, you should already have been contacted by your student’s teacher or other school personnel. If you have not been contacted, or need to update your contact information, please contact your teacher or administrator by email (available on the academy’s website). Additionally, please let us know if you are in need of technology or technology support and we will try to provide resources for you. You will receive more information on distance learning, homework guidelines or credit requirements, parent support, building access to retrieve your personal items and much more by April 10th. We are in this together! Thank you, Monecia Vasbinder Principal Are you in need of support or resources? Please call 2-1-1 from any phone to be connected to a list of statewide resources. Click here to call 2-1-1
UPDATE: MARCH 15, 2020- 8 PM.
School Leader Letter #3 – COVID-19: Current plans Dear Parents and Guardians, This letter addresses three things:
- Our current plan
- Information from our health department if you or someone you have been in close contact tests positive for COVID-19
- Resources for talking to child(ren) about COVID-19
The safety and health of our Three Oaks community, including our students, staff, and families is always of the utmost importance to us. We have been in touch with the health department and there are confirmed cases in our area, but as far as we know, none of our students or employees have tested positive for COVID-19 as of March 15, 2020. If we learn of a confirmed case, we will let you know as soon as possible. Although school is closed for several weeks, we are providing families with an opportunity to access free breakfast and lunch for children under 18 years of age. Our intent is to make the meal distribution process as simple as possible. Our plan is to meet families at their morning bus stops on Tuesdays and Thursdays to deliver meals. We will also have meals available at the school to pick up on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00am to 2:00pm. Because the situation is complex and evolving, our plans may change. If they do, we’ll let you know. Please note, as you receive opportunities to continue to learn from teachers, please remember these ideas are supplemental to student learning and are designed to prevent learning gaps as time progresses. These assignments will not be used for grading or decisions of unit placement when we return to school. They have been created to provide your children with opportunities to feel routine and normalcy during this time of change. Please note, our health department asked us to share the following with families: If you have come in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, and think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, you should take steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. In order to stop the spread of COVID-19 please:
- Stay home and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Follow the social distancing suggestion, this includes canceling playdates, meet-ups with family and friends and stay in for meals.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, then dispose of the tissue. When a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work, or school especially when someone is ill.
- Wash hands for 20 seconds. Washing hands often under clean, running warm water can help prevent the spread of germs. If you cannot wash your hands, use hand sanitizer.
Please take this time to emphasize the seriousness of this situation with your students while also creating the space for kids to talk about their questions, fears, concerns, and ideas. Here are some resources for you to share with parents to help talk with your their student about the COVID-19 outbreak:
- National Association of School Psychologists
- Talking to teens and tweens about coronavirus – NYTimes
- Talking to kids about the coronavirus – ChildMind
- Just for Kids: A comic exploring the new coronavirus – NPR
- PBS videos and resources
Thank you, Monecia Vasbinder Principal
Important update: As of Thursday, March 12 at 11:00 p.m
Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that in order to slow the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan, she is ordering the closure of all K-12 school buildings, public, private, and boarding, to students starting Monday, March 16 until Sunday, April 5. School buildings are scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 6.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Q: Is there a way my child can continue learning?
A: Teachers will be reaching out with opportunities for students to continue to learn. Please remember these ideas are supplemental to student learning and are designed to prevent learning gaps as time progresses. These assignments will not be used for grading or decisions of unit placement when we return to school. They have been created to provide your children with opportunities to feel routine and normalcy during this time of change. Also, check out our Facebook page for more free learning opportunities for students: https://www.facebook.com/ThreeOaksPublicSchool/ *Updated 3/15/2020
Q: I’m concerned about providing food for my children, will there be any provided to my child by the school?
A: Although school is closed for several weeks, we are providing families with an opportunity to access free breakfast and lunch for children under 18 years of age. Our intent is to make the meal distribution process as simple as possible. Our plan is to meet families at their morning bus stops on Tuesdays and Thursdays to deliver meals. We will also have meals available at the school to pick up on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00am to 2:00pm. Because the situation is complex and evolving, our plans may change. If they do, we’ll let you know. *Updated 3/15/2020
Q: Will anyone be at the school building in case I need to drop off enrollment paperwork or pick up something from my student’s locker?
A: At this time, your school is working to offer times for families. Please keep an eye out for updated information as we know more. *Updated 3/13/2020
Q: What do I do if I or a family member is sick?
A: According to the CDC, you need to call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately. Follow the steps in this link: If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html For additional questions on monitoring your health, contact your local public health officials (Michigan: 1-517-335-9030) *Updated 3/13/2020
Q: Are there any restrictions on personal travel?
A: The CDC has indicated travelers returning from (SEE BELOW) specified countries must stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing. It is recommended staff and students utilize the free virtual COVID-19 screening through your healthcare provider, if you have any concerns you may need to self-quarantine. Please see the CDC travel health notices for an updated list of travel restrictions and guidelines.
- Czech Republic
- South Korea
- San Marino
- Vatican City