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Friday, November 20, 2020
Parents and Community,
Yet again, it is with a heavy heart that I make this announcement. We have been preparing our remote learning plans for quite some time now. High schools were ordered to learn remotely by the State for this using resources like digital study guides in PDF format which can be open and edited with software as Soda PDF and others. Oakridge aligned our middle school with the high school remote schedule. It is now time to transition toward a temporary implementation of remote learning at the elementary buildings effective Monday, November 30 (after Thanksgiving).
I am announcing this today so elementary teachers can prepare themselves and our students on Monday and Tuesday next week for transitioning to remote learning after Thanksgiving.
Despite the trend of declining positive new cases by date in Muskegon County over the last 7 days, this decision is based on the fact that some families are going to gather in households over Thanksgiving. I hope to find out that going remote at the elementary buildings after Thanksgiving was unnecessary and that the downward trend in new cases by date continues in Muskegon County. But, health officials are preparing for an uptick. Hence, this is a preventative approach so we can have safe and healthy in-person Hybrid teaching and learning when we return.
What happens after Thanksgiving Break will inform decisions on what we should do after Christmas Break. I am not prepared to announce our approach for after the New Year at this time.
Your support for each other has been tremendous as you took on this challenge. We’ve all learned a lot this year and I know you will continue to give it your best. That is all I can ask. Your commitment to your kids and your resilience through this pandemic has been amazing!
Here are the remote learning daily schedules:
Oakridge Middle/High School (includes FUSION)
Oakridge Upper Elementary
Oakridge Lower Elementary
Oakridge GSRP – coming soon
Hybrid Learning – Cohort Calendars are available on our website.
The SXI Programs at the Middle School and Lower Elementary will remain open and operational 5 days a week.
(Blue indicates Remote, orange indicates Hybrid)
MS/HS Buildings Will Stay Open to Serve Students
Our MS/HS buildings 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.
If parents send their MS/HS student 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 the MS office at 231-788-7400 with any questions.
Buses will run their normal secondary routes at 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.
Will Elementary Buildings be Open to Serve Students during Remote Learning?
If we have an extended Remote Learning period, we will consider our capability to open the elementary schools for some students. We will announce a plan if we are able to figure out the logistics. At this time, only SXI students will be attending school.
Cleaning/disinfecting protocols will continue as scheduled every day of the week in all buildings. Masks and social distancing will be required at school.
Thank you for your continued understanding and collaboration.
We’re in this together.