January 8, 2021
Dear Families –
As you may have heard, Governor Whitmer today announced a goal of having all K-12 schools offer some in-person learning—for families who wish to participate—by March 1, 2021. The Governor, alongside the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, also announced new state guidelines for safety protocols and mitigation in schools.
At Flint Community Schools, the safety and well-being of our school community is our primary concern, and we continue to rely on the recommendations of medical and public health professionals to make informed decisions. As of today, Flint Community Schools will continue to maintain remote learning for all scholars. Any decisions regarding a return to in-person learning will require ongoing discussions with the Board of Education, district leadership and staff, and we will keep the community informed as those conversations move forward.
We are grateful for your grace and understanding as we listen to all voices and act in the best interest of our school community. We appreciate the efforts of the entire community to be Flint Focused—helping our scholars work hard and stay on track.
We once again remind scholars and families to continue to adhere to COVID-19 safety recommendations made by the Genesee County Health Department. This includes wearing a cloth face covering or mask when in close proximity with others, practicing frequent hand washing, staying home when sick and continuing to watch for potential symptoms of illness.
As we head into the weekend, I also wanted to briefly address the events that transpired Wednesday at our nation’s Capitol building. While we process today, tomorrow and in the weeks and months ahead, it will be important to maintain a safe and respectful environment for all families and members of our school community.
At Flint Community Schools, the safety and well-being of our families and community is always a top priority. We encourage you to talk with your child about this week’s events and give them age-appropriate answers. Allow them to share their thoughts and concerns. Consider limiting your child’s exposure to the T.V. and news—it is a lot to take in for all of us. Encourage your child to be respectful of others’ ideas, beliefs, values, and life experiences.
Our incredible teachers and staff have continued to reinforce classroom norms to create a safe environment and have kept conversations about this week’s events high-level and non-political. It is more important than ever that we reinforce to our scholars they are safe and cared for. If you or your child need emotional support, please contact your child’s principal. We are all in this together and I am confident we will come out stronger in the end.
Thank you for allowing us to serve your family and for your continued commitment to Flint Community Schools.
Mrs. Anita J. Steward
Please read this family letter from Superintendent Steward on the district's learning plan: https://www.flintschools.org/apps/news/article/1364829