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Free and Low-Cost Internet Options: March 27, 2020

  • Some Internet providers are offering free or low-cost access to qualifying families during this period of school closure. If you would like to learn more about these options and find out if you qualify, please review the links below.

    Haslett Public Schools is simply providing this information and is not endorsing any service provider. 

    Comcast Internet Essentials 

    Access from AT&T 

    Lifeline Support - Lifeline is a federal program that lowers the monthly cost of phone and Internet. Visit this site to see if you qualify and to find a participating service provider.

Meal Service Update: March 23, 2020

  • Haslett Public Schools is committed to providing those under 18 with access to healthy meals during this period of school closure.   Beginning Wednesday March 25, we will begin a mobile drop off for meals in addition to our curbside pickup at Haslett Middle School. Please see below for the specific details.

    Distribution Dates:  Starting, Wednesday March 25 through Friday April 10th 
    (Monday, Wednesday, Friday only - Multiple meal pick up each day)

    Distribution Times:  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Haslett Middle School -1535 Franklin Street (Curbside Pick Up)

    11:00 a.m. -11:20 a.m. Dutch Hills - Community Center (Bus Drop-off)

    11:30 a.m. -11:50 a.m. Oak Island Village- Haslett Bus Stop (Bus Drop-off)

    12:00 p.m. -12:20 p.m. Club House - Lac Dumont (Bus Drop-off)

    12:30 p.m. -12:50 p.m. Club House Bois-Ile (Bus Drop-off)

    USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

    In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

    To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

    (1)        mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
                Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
                1400 Independence Avenue, SW
                Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

    (2)       fax: 202-690-7442; or

    (3)       email: program.intake@usda.gov.

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Online Learning Communication: March 23, 2020

  • Please see the Online Learning Communication from the Superintendents of the Ingham ISD service area regarding online learning for students during the current school closure.

District Update: March 18, 2020

  • Dear Haslett Families and Staff,

    Our district is committed to providing continued communication to our parents and staff during this time of unprecedented school closings.  Here is the latest information to share at this time:

    • All Haslett Public School buildings are closed until further notice. This includes all indoor and outdoor facilities. Our custodial and maintenance department is busy performing a deep cleaning of all spaces in our district to ensure they are safe for students and staff when our buildings are re-opened.
    • Meal service (breakfast and lunch) is available Monday through Friday from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Haslett Middle School. This curbside service will be available at the front entrance through April 3, 2020.
    • Spring Break is still scheduled for the week of April 3 – 10, 2020, unless directed otherwise by the Governor or the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). Kids Connection will not be available during Spring Break. All activities/events scheduled after Spring Break will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis depending on when we resume normal activities.
    • Although the MDE does not allow us to count remote learning during this period of closure, we are in the process of assessing our ability to provide this type of learning, including student access to computers and Internet at home.  In the meantime, we continue to encourage parents to explore optional enrichment/enhancement opportunities in the Parent Resources section of our coronavirus webpage.
    • To keep your family safe and healthy, we encourage parents and staff to follow the practices recommended by the CDC.  Feel free to visit our district coronavirus webpage, which has been dedicated to updated COVID-19 information.

    We recognize the uncertainty of these times and the anxiety and stress this has created for our students and staff. Your patience and understanding during this time are greatly appreciated. We will continue to send out updates as they become available.

    Steven L. Cook
    Superintendent of Schools

Meal Service During School Closure: March 14, 2020

  • Haslett Public Schools is committed to providing those under 18 with access to healthy meals during this period of school closure.   As such, ‘grab and go’ breakfast and lunches will be available for curbside pickup beginning on Wednesday, March 18. Up to 4 (four) days’ worth of meals, including meals for Saturday and Sunday, may be picked up at a time.  Please see below for the specific details.

    Distribution Dates:  Starting, Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, April 3 (Monday thru Friday only)

    Distribution Times:  11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Where:  Haslett Middle School, 1535 Franklin Street, Haslett, MI 

    Curbside Service pick up by the front door. Follow the Signs.

    Additional information will be provided next week.

    Sincerely,

    Steven L. Cook
    Superintendent of Schools

    USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

    In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

    To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

    (1)        mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
                Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
                1400 Independence Avenue, SW
                Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
    (2)       fax: 202-690-7442; or
    (3)       email: program.intake@usda.gov.

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

District Update - March 13, 2020

  • Dear Haslett Families and Staff,

    As a district, we feel it is very important to keep our parents and staff updated during this time of unprecedented school closings.  Unfortunately, there are many unanswered questions regarding the next steps we should take as a school district.  We are still waiting to receive further guidance from Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). We will continue to update you as more information becomes available. The following is information we would like to share with you:

    • All Michigan K-12 school buildings – public, private, and boarding – have been ordered to be closed from Monday, March 16 to Sunday, April 5, 2020, in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. This includes the Kids Connection childcare program and the MSU Preschool.  We are still planning on holding our Spring Break during the week of April 6 – April 10, unless Governor Whitmer or MDE directs us otherwise. We hope to have more definitive information regarding Spring Break when we receive further guidance from the State of Michigan.
    • All Haslett Public School buildings will be closed, effective today at 5:00 PM.  If your child did not attend school today, please plan to pick up your child’s personal belongings prior to 5:00 PM today.
    • Spring athletic practices/events and the use of school facilities (indoor and outdoor) are suspended until further notice.  All buildings and facilities (indoor and outdoor) will be locked and should NOT be accessed by any of our coaches or student athletes at any time during this suspended period. 
    • All Community Education programs have also been canceled until further notice.
    • We are planning to offer a limited breakfast/lunch program for any interested families.  Next week, we will have additional details on this meal program.

    Although MDE does not allow us to count online education during this period of closure, many parents may be interested in optional enrichment opportunities.  Therefore, our district is offering a series of Supplementary Learning Resources that students may access at home.  

    We encourage parents and staff to frequently visit our district webpage, which has been dedicated to keeping you informed on COVID-19. Your patience and understanding during this time are greatly appreciated. We will continue to send out updates as they become available. 

    Sincerely,

    Steven L. Cook
    Superintendent of Schools

Coronavirus Update: March 13,2020

  • Dear Haslett Families and Staff,

    Governor Gretchen Whitmer and State Superintendent Michael Rice announced the closure of all Michigan K-12 school buildings, public, private and boarding, starting Monday, March 16. This will also include Kids Connection childcare and MSU Preschool. 

    We ask that staff and students take home their personal belongings from their lockers, classrooms, and office/desk spaces at the end of the day on Friday, March 13. This will assist our maintenance and custodial teams with cleaning our facilities during the period the District is closed. Students will not be able to enter schools after today and staff access will be restricted. If your child has medications or other essential items they will need while away that are stored in a school office, please contact the respective school to arrange for those items to be collected before the conclusion of regular school or childcare hours today.

    We are still working through the details of this announcement. We will continue to communicate with staff and families through our school messaging system as more information is available. 

    Thank you for your understanding.

    Steven L. Cook
    Superintendent of Schools

School Closure Announcement: March 12, 2020

  • Per Governor Whitmer's March 12, 2020 announcement of statewide school closures, Haslett Public Schools will close beginning Monday, March 16, 2020.  Additional information will be sent to Haslett families and staff on Friday, March 13, 2020.

After School and Evening Events: March 12, 2020

  • On March 11, Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced recommendations for schools regarding COVID-19. One of these recommendations called for schools to cancel or postpone all non-essential events with more than 100 participants. Accordingly, we have decided to follow this recommendation until further notice. Please see the list of events that have been postponed or canceled. This list will be updated periodically. We appreciate your flexibility, support, and understanding in our efforts to keep students, staff and the community safe.

COVID-19 Update: March 11, 2020

  • Dear Haslett Families and Staff,

    Last evening, Governor Whitmer shared the first two positive COVID-19 cases in Michigan and declared a State of Emergency so additional resources can be accessed to support this situation. In addition, Michigan State University announced a transition to online learning for students amid concerns regarding COVID-19.  We understand the uncertainty and anxiety that these actions have on our students, families, and staff.

    Our schools play an important role in promoting public health and responsible actions for the prevention of illness, a role that is taken very seriously. Our focus remains one of preventive measures, education, and resource sharing.  Any actions taken by the district regarding COVID-19 will be in collaboration with health officials based on district needs. 

    Currently, there are no recommendations from the Ingham County Health Department to close school. Consequently, Haslett Public Schools will remain open. After school and evening activities will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. We recognize parents/guardians will make the decision they feel is in the best interest of their student.  If the decision is made to keep your student at home, normal absence protocol will be followed.

    In the event our district is closed by health officials, we will seek guidance from the Michigan Department of Education in regards to making up lost instructional time. At this time, our district plan is to use allotments of forgiveness days and to apply for additional forgiveness days, if necessary. 

    The Michigan Department of Education does not allow for remote learning to count as instructional time. Remote instruction presents significant challenges in providing equitable access to quality instruction. Should a prolonged school shutdown occur, we will take guidance from the Michigan Department of Education to determine our best course of action. 

    In the event our district is closed, the MSU Preschool and Kids Connection (before and after school childcare) will also be closed. 

    Governor Whitmer held a press conference this evening with her recommendations for schools. We will evaluate this information and publish updates as necessary to keep you informed.

    Sincerely,

    Steven L. Cook
    Superintendent of Schools

Community Update: March 8, 2020

  • Dear Haslett Families and Staff,

    Haslett Public Schools continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in the State of Michigan and throughout the country. Our primary concern is for the health and safety of our students, staff, and community.

    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has indicated the health risk to the general public of Michigan remains low. As a precaution, Haslett Public Schools is reviewing procedures and implementing plans to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19. We continue to work closely with public health officials and will follow their expert recommendations to best ensure the safety of everyone in our school community.

    The following information highlights aspects of the district’s plan for schools, facilities and instruction.

    Schools and Facilities

    • School custodial staff have intensified cleaning procedures throughout our buildings to prevent and limit the spread of the virus.
    • Weekend cleaning shifts have been added for the purpose of thoroughly disinfecting communal surfaces.
    • Hand sanitizers are available in all facilities and additional hand sanitizer dispensers are being installed at the high school.
    • Disinfectant wipes have been distributed to teachers for wiping down keyboards and other hard surfaces.


    Instruction

    • Learning at our schools primarily occurs inside classrooms with face-to-face teaching by certified instructors using interactive technology tools.
    • Any guidance on administering and recovering the learning that may be lost during a potential school closing will come from the Michigan Department of Education.
    • Haslett Public Schools is reviewing its curriculum to ensure plans are adaptable and flexible, and is researching options should a school closure be necessary.

    We want to remind our school community that the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are the same as preventing the cold and flu. These preventive measures include:

    • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
    • Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • The CDC recommends that individuals remain home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medication (i.e., chills, feeling warm, flushed appearance).
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately discard the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • Take any anti-viral medication prescribed to you as instructed.


    If your child is ill, keep them home from school and notify the school of your child’s absence. A child with a heavy cough and cold, vomiting, and/or fever should stay home. A child must be fever free, without fever reducing medication, for 24 hours before returning to school. We encourage parents/guardians to seek medical attention from a healthcare professional should your child have a fever, cough and/or shortness of breath.

    Haslett Public Schools has established a coronavirus webpage that includes updates from the district, links to important resources, and tips for how to speak with your children about the coronavirus.

    We will continue to watch the developments surrounding COVID-19 closely and will take the appropriate steps necessary to protect the health of all of our students, staff, and school community.

    Sincerely,

    Steven L. Cook
    S
    uperintendent of Schools

Message to the Community: March 2, 2020

  • Dear Haslett Families and Staff,

    There is a significant amount of information circulating regarding the Coronavirus in the media, and on social media, and it can be confusing. At this time, there are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in the State of Michigan. Haslett Public Schools follows the guidance and expertise of national, state and local health officials to help protect our students and staff from all communicable diseases.

    The symptoms of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) are fever, cough and shortness of breath. If your child is ill, keep them home from school and notify the school of your child’s absence. A child with a heavy cough and cold, vomiting, and/or fever should stay home. A child must be fever free, without fever reducing medication, for 24 hours before returning to school. We encourage parents/guardians to seek medical attention from a healthcare professional should your child have a fever, cough and/or shortness of breath.

    We can all take preventative measures to minimize the spread of communicable diseases. Health authorities indicate that the best ways to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus are the same recommendations for preventing the spread of the flu virus. The Michigan Department of Health Human Services advises the following steps can be taken to prevent spread of flu and the common cold that will also help prevent the Coronavirus disease, including:

    ·        Washing your hands with soap and water.
    ·        Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
    ·        Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
    ·        Avoiding contact with people who are sick.
    ·        Staying home if you are sick and contact your healthcare provider.


    We encourage you to stay informed from experts in the health field. For the most up-to-date information from national, state and local health officials you can visit the Center for Disease Control, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services or the Ingham County Health Department. More information is available on the Ingham ISD website which can be converted into other languages.

    We will continue to monitor the situation, in partnership with our health experts, and will keep you informed if additional measures need to be taken.

    Thank you for entrusting us with the care of your children.

    Sincerely,

    Steven L. Cook
    Superintendent of Schools