April 1, 2020
Dear South Lake Schools Community:
I hope that this update finds everyone safe and healthy amid the growing positive cases of COVID-19 and the tragic loss of life this virus has caused. Positive thoughts go out to anyone who has experienced the effects of this disease firsthand as it is human nature to experience heightened levels of emotions like anger, anxiety, and fear. In all of this, please know that our administrators, teachers, staff, and Board of Education remain focused on doing everything we can to support our students and families.
As I connect with local, county and state leaders, the importance of social distancing remains very clear. The evidence supporting the positive impact this can have on curbing the spread of COVID-19 is indisputable. We all must continue to adhere to Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order and all social distancing protocols if we must leave home.
Monday evening an article was published from Bridge Magazine that made direct inferences to a pending executive order that would close schools for the remainder of the school year. This story was speculative in nature and caused some anxiety for our students and families as nothing was shared from the Governor’s office prior to the release of the article. We have since learned that Governor Whitmer intends to hold a press conference on Thursday to address the topic of school closure.
Rest assured that the Macomb County Superintendents, in conjunction with the leadership from the Macomb Intermediate School District, are ready to respond to the direction of the Governor and pending guidelines from the Michigan Department of Education. The South Lake leadership team is amid plans to transition our method of learning to meet the needs of our students once the new directives are official. The pending transition will take time, but our staff is committed to making this transition as soon as possible for our students and families.
I would also like to thank our dedicated Food Service personnel and volunteers as they continue to prepare essential meals for our students. Please see the following information regarding food distribution through the remainder of this week and Spring Break:
- Meal distribution will continue as scheduled through Friday, April 3, 2020 (there will be no meal distribution next week)
- Meals for the week of Spring Break must be picked up on Friday, April 3, 2020
- Meals for Spring Break will consist of 7 days of frozen lunch and 7 days of dry breakfast
- Spring Break meals are limited to a maximum of 5 students per household
To help reduce further spread of COVID-19, our meal distribution after Spring Break will be as follows:
- Meals may be picked up on Tuesday and Thursday only
- Tuesday meals will consist of 2 breakfast bags and 2 lunch bags per student
- Thursday meals will consist of 3 breakfast bags and 3 lunch bags per student
Thank you for the continued support.
Theodore VonHiltmayer, Superintendent