Steven L. Cook, Superintendent
The Return to In-Person Learning
We are excited to be returning to In-Person Learning on August 25, 2021. The journey to return to a normal school year has not been without challenges for our students, staff, and the Haslett community. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate through some very difficult decisions for our district. Our goal has always been to provide a safe and caring learning experience for all students. As we look to begin the new 2021-22 school year, our staff has been busy planning for a successful start for our students.
Safety and Security
The safety and security of our students and staff continues to be a top priority for Haslett Public Schools. Our district will continue to practice proper COVID-19 safety protocols, including handwashing, cleaning, increased ventilation, and other mitigation strategies, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the Ingham County Health Department. Mitigation strategies will be reassessed as transmission rates change in our area, or if we receive updated public health guidance. We will also continue to follow all safety procedures that were previously implemented, including the lock down of instructional buildings during regular school hours. Parents and visitors will enter our buildings through newly remodeled entrances that only have access through our main offices. Proper identification and sign-in procedures will be required for all visitors.
Haslett Virtual Academy
We recognize that some students and families may prefer to remain online for a portion, or all, of the 2021-22 school year. A K-12 virtual option will be offered for all students through the Haslett Virtual Academy. This virtual option will be provided by a third-party contracted vendor and will NOT be delivered by Haslett teachers. The deadline for enrolling in the Haslett Virtual Academy is August 20, 2021. Please visit our website for additional information and offerings.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
DEI has been a major part of the Haslett K-12 District Administrative Goals for the past two years. Our staff has been collaborating with Dr. Terry Flennaugh, Associate Professor of Urban Education Initiatives at Michigan State University, along with Haslett’s Voice for Change (a student group comprised of current students and alumni of Haslett High School). One of the main goals is focused on the development of a framework for our DEI Plan. Over the past several months, students, staff, and our community have been surveyed to assist in the framework development of our DEI plan. An Equity Planning Committee has also been formed to assist in facilitating this process and will be holding forums to gather community input. It is a goal of the district to present a formal recommendation to the Haslett Board of Education by the end of December 2021. Additional information regarding the District Equity Plan can be found on the Haslett Public Schools DEI webpage.
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
Social and Emotional Learning will continue to be a priority for the upcoming 2021-22 school year. We recognize the challenges many of our students may face as they transition back to a normal school year. Haslett Public Schools is extremely fortunate to house counselors and social workers in all five of our district buildings. Our mental health professionals, administrators, teachers, and support staff are committed to working tirelessly this upcoming school year to maintain and create supports for those students who may need additional assistance.
We are hoping you are looking forward to the new school year. Thank you for your continued support of Haslett Public Schools. We would not be able to achieve the high level of success in our classrooms without your support. Feel free to contact my office if you have any questions or concerns.