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COVID-19--Flint Community Schools Update (July 9, 2020)

July 9, 2020

Dear Flint Community Schools Families,

I hope you are safe and healthy, and enjoying a restful summer as we prepare for the year ahead. I know much uncertainty still surrounds the fall semester—we will be announcing more details on our Return to School plan in the weeks to come.

In the meantime, I wanted to share with you that the Board of Education voted on Monday in support of consolidating schools. The Flint Junior High School, at the site of the former Northwestern, was in need of significant and expensive repairs in order to operate safely, which would cut into our already limited districtwide budget. At the same time, our enrollment numbers are not in keeping with our current building footprint, and we knew we could better our existing infrastructure to benefit our students, families, administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals, staff, and community.

For that reason, the Flint Junior High School will not reopen in the fall. If your child is currently enrolled at the Junior High, they will instead attend Holmes STEM Academy in the fall. At the same time, Holmes STEM Academy will become Holmes STEM Middle School Academy and will be reconfigured to become a middle school for grades 6-8. Additionally, Brownell STEM Academy will expand from a K-2 to a K-5 school. If your child is currently enrolled in grades 3-5 at Holmes, they will instead attend Brownell. Students currently enrolled in grades K-2 at Brownell will not be affected.

I realize these changes will impact many of our families and children, and understand the connection our residents have to neighborhood schools. That is why we spent substantial time weighing all options before proposing this solution. For that reason, I am confident this decision is in the best interest of our students and will help us continue to build on the academic progress we have seen in recent years.

There will be no changes to current district boundaries, and you will be contacted directly regarding the school to report to in the fall. Please rest assured that building closures are our last resort, however, we must operate within our means and ensure funding stays where it is needed— in our classrooms.

 If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact my office at superintendent@flintschools.org.

 Your partner in education,

 Anita Steward Superintendent

 

June 18, 2020

Dear Families:

As I reflect on the 2019-20 school year, I am extremely proud of your achievements and positive mindset. Despite the challenges we faced, we continued to prove our resiliency time and time again. This week brings this school year to a close. We made it and I thank you for a great school year.

 While summer is a time to rest and relax, it’s important to keep working to ensure your child’s continued success. Flint Community Schools is proud to offer a online summer learning program for students in grades K-12. More information can be found on our social media pages and on the district website.

 We encourage you to take advantage of the creative learning opportunities to keep your child engaged over the next few months. We are grateful for our partners who have helped develop this virtual summer learning program—Flint Community Schools Title I, Flint and Genesee YouthQuest, the Mott Foundation, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Flint Community Education Initiative and the Crim Fitness Foundation.

I am also pleased to share that enrollment for the 2020-21 school year is now open. If you have younger children to enroll, or neighbors or loved ones who are seeking to enroll their child at Flint Community Schools, we are encouraging online enrollment and face-to-face enrollment by appointment only, Tuesday through Thursday. Contact 810-767-6158 to schedule an appointment.

Please note: we have a number of safety measures in place for face-to-face enrollment. We ask that you limit the number of people you bring to the appointment, wear a mask, and allow us to take your temperature upon arrival (must be below 100.4 degrees). You will also be required to complete a form to ensure you have not been exposed to COVID-19.

Our Return to School Committee is hard at work developing a plan for next school year to ensure the safe reopening of Flint Community Schools—whether in-person, online, or a combination of the two. Parents, Board members, administrators, and teachers are involved in the process to ensure we consider all aspects of a successful reopening. We will share those plans, as well as an updated 2020-21 school calendar, as soon as they are finalized.

It truly takes a whole community to support our children and we would not be successful without your commitment. Thank you for choosing Flint Community Schools as your partner in your child’s education.

Sincerely,

Anita J. Steward

Anita J. Steward

Interim Superintendent

Flint Community Schools

 

April 24, 2020

Dear FCS Families,

I hope you and your loved ones are well. Please know that your Flint Community Schools family is here for you during this challenging time. Our hearts go out to all who are impacted by COVID-19. As you may have seen, the Governor has extended the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order through May 15, so we encourage you to continue to practice social distancing to ensure the health and safety of our entire community.

As you know, our distance learning plan is now in place, and will help all students continue to learn—regardless of access to technology. Teachers began reaching out to all families last week, and wellness check-ins have been ongoing since school closures began. If you or someone you know has not spoken with a teacher, please contact superintendent@flintschools.org.

For our families who are not yet online, we are in the process of getting you connected with devices and hot spots. If you haven’t already, please contact your building principal to pick up print learning materials in the meantime.

We are also grateful to our partners, Crim Fitness Foundation and YouthQuest, who are providing a daily mindfulness video and/or physical education activities for students that are accessible through the Flint Community Schools website (www.flintschools.org). A daily story hour is being posted Monday through Friday at 9 a.m. for students through the district website and other social media outlets (Facebook, YouTube, etc.). Additionally, starting next week our district will showcase a number of seniors on our social media platforms to recognize and celebrate their accomplishments.

During these challenging times, we will continue to explore opportunities to ensure our students have access to learning materials necessary for their academic growth and seek out additional partnerships to benefit the children we are privileged to serve.

The well-being of our students is always our primary concern. For this reason, food distribution will continue through the end of the school yeartaking place on Tuesdays and Thursdays ONLY, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at these 12 sites:

North Zone

  • Northwestern - G2138 W. Carpenter, Flint 48505
  • Brownell/Holmes - 6602 Oxley Dr., Flint 48504
  • Berston Field House - 3300 Saginaw St. Flint, 48505
  • Carpenter Road - River Park Apartments 7002 Pemberton Dr., Flint, MI 48505

Central Zone

  • Potter - 2500 N. Averill, Flint 48506
  • DTM - 1518 W. Third Ave., Flint 48504
  • Stonegate - 3103 Stonegate Dr., Flint, MI 48507
  • Summerfield - 1360 Melbourne, Flint 48504

South Zone

  • Freeman - 4001 Ogema, Flint 48507
  • Howard Estates - 1928 Howard Ave., Flint, MI 48503
  • Evergreen Regency - 3102 Fox Circle, Flint 48507
  • Southwestern - 1420 W. Twelfth St., Flint 48507

Any updates or changes to the food distribution process will be communicated via robocall, the district website (FlintSchools.org) and social media.

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

Sincerely,

Anita J. Steward

Anita J. Steward

Interim Superintendent

Flint Community Schools

 

TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF

  • Clean your hands often by vigorous hand washing with soap and water for at least twenty seconds or using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Put distance between yourself and other people

TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT OTHERS

  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze or use the inside of your elbow
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched services daily
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them with detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze or use the inside of your elbow

 

Please see this letter on the Board of Education voting results to approve school consolidations.https://4.files.edl.io/1f4e/07/09/20/211627-4374d9fa-ccfc-4f09-9cf0-dada954c4182.pdf

Please take a look at the letter below from Interim Superintendent Steward. The district would like to thank all parents, staff, and students for their continued commitment. Stay safe, and enjoy your summer.: https://4.files.edl.io/048e/07/29/20/011810-21f54813-9705-464e-b636-13e1b3f0ce98.pdf

Please see this letter on the commencement details for Southwestern Classical Academy and Accelerated Learning Academy, which will take place on Tuesday, June 2: https://4.files.edl.io/6ccd/05/26/20/142948-465d0bc5-b73e-4789-b770-f9eb191cb220.pdf 
 
A reminder regarding May intersession, from Tuesday, May 26 through Friday, May 29, following the Memorial Day holiday on Monday. https://4.files.edl.io/7af2/05/20/20/133422-ce86fbf0-b63f-4c32-b94d-da74c20d66b7.pdf
 
Flint Community Schools Distance Learning Plan can be accessed here: https://4.files.edl.io/d14e/04/24/20/215045-c3312fb7-1839-4af7-932e-6d4f7b438f45.pdf
 
Flint Community Schools Online Physical Education: https://sites.google.com/flintschools.org/fcs-pe-online-workouts/home
 
Comcast has extended their COVID-19 response to June 30. See more information here: https://4.files.edl.io/eb57/05/12/20/002952-89d33e83-2737-4587-9876-47ee48a5ee00.pdf
 
Please see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) as of Friday, April 24 here: https://4.files.edl.io/c709/04/24/20/214915-8233dcec-cb54-4ee6-9069-f27b6538a358.pdf 
 
A parent letter from Interim Superintendent Anita Steward as of Friday, April 24 can be viewed here: https://4.files.edl.io/b807/04/24/20/214939-36cdb085-cb15-45ab-8d59-f8c2d05b1c74.pdf
 
Details regarding employee remote work, beginning Monday, April 13: https://4.files.edl.io/23e6/04/13/20/131853-367f7704-dbc1-4a99-b807-79b41d01f42f.pdf 
 
 
View the revised food distribution letter from Assistant Superintendent Anita Steward: https://4.files.edl.io/73ac/04/13/20/132153-34063359-a5c7-40f5-adb5-4fe6a16a6baa.pdf
 
 
A message to seniors in high school:
 
An updated parent letter regarding the Governor's March 23 executive order is available here:
 

The full District Contingency Plan for COVID-19 School Closure is available here: https://4.files.edl.io/f915/03/14/20/005516-abf938c1-c42c-40f7-bca9-2d8729d310b3.pdf

Visit this link to view a March 13 letter from Superintendent Derrick Lopez: https://www.flintschools.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=448678&type=d&pREC_ID=1851121

For information related to asthma and COVID-19, visit this link: https://4.files.edl.io/aed9/04/27/20/134827-e24d54a3-0f35-49cd-98dc-afd958c77b7a.pdf