Steven L. Cook, Superintendent
Safety and Security - A Priority
Haslett Public Schools wishes to thank the Board of Education, our school community and staff for supporting the Bond Proposal and the Site Sinking Fund renewal on the August 7, 2018 ballot. This financial support will enable the district to increase security and safety in our buildings, create classrooms for the 21st century and improve our extra-curricular learning spaces. The success Haslett Public Schools has enjoyed would not be possible without this support. It is our goal to continue to provide an A+ learning community that promotes excellence for all students.
As we begin this year, we want you to be aware of two changes the district has made. We believe both of these changes are positive and will be of benefit to our students. We have changed our security procedures to ensure the safety of students and staff, and the school calendar has been expanded to include additional no-school days.
Safety and Security
Beginning the first day of school, all school building doors will be locked during instructional hours. Access will be made available at the main entrances ONLY. These entrances will be locked at a predetermined timed (based on the needs of each school) each morning. Parents, visitors and vendors needing to enter the school buildings throughout the instructional day will be required to follow an established protocol using a video intercom system. Visitors to our buildings will also be required to sign in and wear identification badges. Please refer to the safety article on page 3 of this Blackboard for more specific information.
Our school calendar for 2018-19 has been extended by three days. The last day of school for students will be Wednesday, June 12, 2019. By extending the school year, we are able to add additional days off for students and families. The calendar includes two four-day weekends, an autumn break (October 12–15) and a mid-winter break (February 15–18).
The calendar will continue to include the release of our students for two weeks in late December and early January, as well as the first week in April. We will also NOT hold school on November 6 (Election Day). This day was added for security reasons, as Meridian Township uses Haslett High School, Haslett Middle School and Murphy Elementary School for polling.
In addition to the changes outlined above, below are highlights of some of our plans for the upcoming school year:
- Enhancing our safety and security measures to include updating our District Crisis Plan, in collaboration with Meridian Township Police, installing a key card digital door-monitoring system and developing long-term “safety” plans for the district
- Moving into the design phase of the 2018 Bond Proposal, which will involve soliciting further input from staff and the community, as we look forward to construction beginning in the spring of 2019
- Implementing a mobile application for our website, allowing the district to notify and communicate with parents and students more efficiently, as well as provide easy access to school information, such as building events and the school calendar
- Continuing to promote the well-being of students and staff with programs, such as “Be Nice” and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
- Providing additional parent education forums on critical subjects, such as mental health, safety and security
- Maintaining high academic standards for all K-12 students, including ensuring all students are reading at grade level by the end of Grade 3
- Expanding opportunities for our high school students to earn credit through multiple pathways, such as Haslett Virtual Academy and Dual Enrollment
We hope you are looking forward to the new school year. Thanks again for your continued support of our school organization. We would not be able to achieve the high level of success in our classrooms that make a difference for our students without your support. I invite you to stop in and see me, at your convenience, to discuss our district goals and the future of Haslett Public Schools.