Dear Parents / Guardians:
Last night’s announcement by Governor Whitmer that all K-12 Schools in Michigan will be closed from March 16 to April 5 is an unprecedented decision in the State of Michigan. In her remarks, Governor Whitmer stated, “This is a necessary step to protect our kids, our families and our overall public health. I am working with partners across state government to ensure educators, parents and students have the support they need during this time, and to ensure our children who rely on school for meals have access to food.”
The mandatory closure will hopefully slow the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan. All districts in the GOISD have been in close contact with the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department, local health officials and the Governor’s Office, and will be implementing recommended cleaning and sanitization procedures during the time of the required closure.
We understand that this will be a hardship for all involved: students, parents, staff and community. We will continue to work together to find solutions for several issues, such as ongoing learning, meals and support for students, and internet connectivity. We will communicate those plans as we know them. Of utmost importance at this challenging time is the health and well-being of students. Please reassure your children that they are safe and cared for.
The Governor has stated that school districts that do not have spring breaks that occur during this mandatory closure, cancel their breaks and make them a part of the mandatory closure. Districts in the GOISD will be following this recommendation and the break that was scheduled for April 6-10 will be cancelled. At this time, unless we receive additional direction from the state. We expect that classes will resume in all districts on April 6, 2020 and districts will determine if classes will be in session on Good Friday and Easter Monday based on their district policies.
At this time, all districts have agreed that the buildings will be closed to all activities, including sporting practices, during this mandatory closing.
The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is to:
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.
Alan R. Tulppo