April 3, 2020
Dear South Lake Schools Community:
I hope this update finds your family safe and healthy as we continue to see the impact of COVID-19 on the great state of Michigan.
Governor Whitmer ends “in person K-12 instruction” for the remainder of the 2019/2020 school year by signing Executive Order 2020-35.
Yesterday, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-35 which ended “in person instruction” for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. This executive order is comprehensive in nature and we are still working to fully understanding its impact on schools at both the county and district levels. We do know that it does trigger a change from providing “enrichment/supplemental materials” to South Lake Schools students and families to the required implementation of a “Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plan”.
South Lake Schools has not yet received the required framework for our “Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plan”.
We have already started planning for our “Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plan” as we wait for the framework from the state, and we will keep our school community informed of staff, student, and family responsibilities throughout this process. We know this transition will take some time, but we hope to earn approval of our plan at the county and state levels as quickly as possible. I am confident that our South Lake school community will work together to provide our students valuable learning opportunities for the remainder of this year.
Executive Order 2020-35 suspends K-12 school sports activities and all other in-person extracurricular school activities.
Unfortunately, all planned celebrations, events, and ceremonies are suspended through June as a result of Executive Order 2020-35. We have already started planning to ensure the Class of 2020 is honored in a manner and timeline that is appropriate for such an important life achievement, but any rescheduled celebration is likely to occur in August.
Theodore VonHiltmayer, Superintendent