Dear Families and Staff:
On March 18, 2020, Haslett Public School buildings were closed for in-person instruction. On April 2, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued an Executive Order closing schools for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year and directing schools to develop a Continuous Learning Plan in lieu of in-person instruction.
Rolling out a remote learning plan takes coordination, collaboration, training, and practice. Our teachers are being asked to provide instruction and support to our students, and our students are being asked to learn in new and unfamiliar ways. Haslett Public Schools understands the importance of being patient, as our plan may not be perfect and will most likely need to be adjusted as we go.
As we developed the Continuous Learning Plan, we were mindful of the following beliefs and values:
SIMPLICITY – Rather than attempting to recreate the entire school experience, instruction will focus on the core essential skills.
FLEXIBILITY – Instruction will be available to students in a variety of ways and times while maintaining structure and routine.
UNDERSTANDING – Families and our professionals need to work together in partnership with our students.
Getting Ready for Online Learning (Prior to April 13)
- Practice logging into your school building’s online access (Google Classroom, Seesaw, Zoom)
- Review the individual building letters linked to this correspondence (parents will also be receiving a letter from their building principal)
- Set up a space in your home for your child to complete their schoolwork
- Maintain a consistent routine for your child to follow each day
- Contact the building Principal or district Special Education Director if you need assistance with the district’s Continuous Learning Plan
- Contact your child’s teacher(s) with specific questions regarding instruction
Orientation Week (April 13 – April 17)
During the week of April 13, the district will provide opportunities for students, parents, and teachers to:
- Become familiar and use new remote learning platforms (Google Classroom, Seesaw, Zoom)
- Access training on remote learning platforms
- Explore online resources and materials
- Become reacquainted with district academic expectations and review previous outcomes
When Does Instruction Begin (April 20)
Alternative instruction will begin Monday, April 20. Our plan provides a good mix of teacher instruction/support and independent, age-appropriate, and self-paced work.
The daily learning schedule will NOT be equivalent to a six-hour day, but varying from approximately one (1) hour daily (Kindergarten) to two (2) hours daily (High School). School schedules have been linked to this correspondence.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we make this transition from in-person instruction to alternative learning. We are grateful to our parents and staff who are stepping up to the challenge as we face this global pandemic together. For ongoing district updates, please visit our COVID-19 webpage.
Steven L. Cook
Superintendent of Schools