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Friday, February 5, 2021
For those of you not near a window the last few hours, it’s a blizzard out there! Due to inclimate weather conditions expected throughout the evening and tomorrow morning, Oakridge Public Schools will be CLOSED tomorrow, Friday, February 5. This snow day applies to ALL students, including OOLA. Students are welcome and encouraged to catch up on any homework or assignments that are incomplete. The Boys and Girls Club after school program is also cancelled. Stay safe, stay warm, and stay home. Have a great rest of your evening and a wonderful long weekend.
This afternoon, Governor Whitmer announced that, effective Monday, February 8, all contact sports will be allowed for all grade levels including club, youth, and high school, provided masks are worn during practices and competition. If masks cannot be worn, participants must be regularly tested for COVID-19 consistent with guidelines issued by MDHHS. Safety protocols like wearing masks and testing will help keep kids, coaches and families safe and allow our schools to remain open for in-person instruction. The order remains in effect through Monday, March 29. More guidelines and requirements regarding testing were released by the MDHHS on February 7th, and can be reviewed here.
We are working to get our athletic events posted to our District calendar by the end of the day tomorrow, so stay tuned. You should be hearing more about practice dates and schedules from Athletic Director Rick Ruel and our coaches.
As announced last week, we are increasing our in-person learning model to 4 days per week for elementary schools beginning on Tuesday, February 16. The middle and high schools will do the same beginning on Monday, March 1. Wednesdays will remain “remote learning days”.No changes will be made to the Oakridge Online Learning Academy (OOLA). We have and will continue to prepare to make this transition as smooth as possible for our students.
All these announcements will benefit children’s learning and mental health. I am thankful for the community’s patience and support as we have been hoping for this time when we could safely bring students back to school more days per week. And, many were hoping for a snow day!