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Thursday, December 3, 2020
Prior to Thanksgiving, I announced that the Public Health – Muskegon County (PHMC) issued a letter to superintendents and school board members recommending that school districts revert to remote only learning at the Pre-Kindergarten through 8th-grade levels for a minimum of 10 days past Thanksgiving Day.
Yesterday, I met with the PHMC Health Officer during the day and the Board of Education last night to review the most recent public health data trends. PHMC indicated they would not be extending their recommendation for remote only learning for grades PreK-8. In effect, that means the PreK-8 remote only learning recommendation expires at the end of this week.
Having received this advice and guidance, I am announcing that our prior announced schedules will remain unless the Governor (MDHHS) or PHMC issue different orders or recommendations.
Here are the remote learning daily schedules already announced:
Oakridge Middle/High School (includes FUSION)
Oakridge Upper Elementary
Oakridge Lower Elementary
Oakridge GSRP – announced to parents at the building level
Our Hybrid Learning – Cohort Calendars are still available on our website. We will continue to follow the cohort schedule on Hybrid Learning days.
Same Safe/Health Protocols
Cleaning/disinfecting protocols will continue as scheduled every day of the week in all buildings. Masks and social distancing will be required at school.
Oakridge Teen Health Center
The Oakridge Teen Health Center remains open for their regular services and hours. The Upper and Lower Elementary behavioral health sites remain open for in-person and telehealth services. Please call or visit our website to schedule.
Separate communication will be issued for foodservice plans.
SXI, ECSE, and GSRP Return to In-Person Learning on Monday, December 7
The SXI Programs at the Middle School and Lower Elementary buildings and the Early Childhood Special Education Program and GSRP Program at the Early Childhood Center will return to their in-person learning on Monday, December 7. Program staff will communicate with these parents in more detail.
The HS and MS Building Will Be Open to Serve Some Students
Per MDHHS order on November 18, our HS building will remain open to students who may not have access to the internet at home, need a comfortable workspace, or need extra support services from staff during this remote learning period. Lunch will also be provided at no cost. Effective Monday, December 7, we will again allow MS students with the same concerns to attend in person.
If parents send their HS/MS students to school, they must check-in at the main office of the building they attend. We’ll sign them up for lunch and direct them to a supervised area in the building. You may call the HS office at 231-788-7300 or MS office at 231-788-7400 with any questions.
Buses will run their normal secondary routes on a two-hour delay in the mornings on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and will depart the MS/HS Bus Loop at 1:00 pm to bring students back home. Again, students must be at their normal bus stop two hours later than their regular pick-up time and the bus will stop to pick you up! Call the Transportation Department at 788-7113 with any questions.
Thank you for your continued understanding and collaboration.