December 17, 2020
Dear South Lake Families,
The recent snow across the region was a not so subtle reminder that the holiday season is upon us. As family members come together to celebrate, we recognize that COVID-19 presents a risk to all. As a result, we must be extra cautious to keep this season as one of joy, not sorrow.
To prevent the spread of the virus following the Winter Break, South Lake Schools is scheduling a period of fully remote instruction for all students from January 4th through January 8th. This period of fully remote instruction is a proactive measure to control risk and ensure future in-person instruction. Following this period of remote instruction, elementary students will return to in-person instruction on January 11, 2021, and South Lake Middle/High School students will return to in-person instruction on February 1, 2021.
We know that symptoms of COVID-19 generally show within five days of exposure and that the Macomb County Health Department recently reduced the quarantine period of a close contact from 14 to 10 days. We also know that COVID-19 can spread up to 48 hours before the onset of symptoms. By keeping students and staff out of the building for this period, anyone who presents symptoms will not interact with or transmit to others in the South Lake Schools community.
While this will limit the spread of the virus in our schools, you can take steps to limit transmission among your own family members. We highly recommend following the CDC’s guidelines over the holiday season because practicing a few simple precautions will reduce risk to your family and others. Social distancing, wearing masks and avoiding large gatherings all remain key and easy measures to prevent the spread of the disease.
As our families come together to celebrate the holiday season, let us also come together as a community to ensure each other’s safety. Encouraging family members to take personal safety steps will help keep them healthy while also improving the health of our schools and community.
Our priority is maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all South Lake students. In the face of the pandemic, our community continues to demonstrate remarkable resilience and perseverance. Thank you for partnering with us to ensure that every student in our district can achieve their ultimate potential!
Theodore VonHiltmayer, Superintendent