February 5, 2021
Dear Families –
As you know, the district is preparing to offer families the option to return to in-person learning through a hybrid model, beginning Monday, February 22, 2021. If you would like to have your child participate in two days per week of in-person learning, contact your child’s teacher or school if you have not already made your choice known to your child’s school. Meanwhile, those of you who have elected to continue with remote learning will have the option to continue with remote learning. The decision to offer hybrid learning was made after the recommendation of Governor Whitmer that all K-12 schools offer some in-person learning by March 1, 2021.
The hybrid option—for families who wish to participate—will include two days of in-person learning and three days of remote learning per week. Scholars with last names beginning A-L will attend in-person learning on Mondays and Tuesdays (Blue Group). Scholars with last names beginning M-Z will attend in-person learning on Thursdays and Fridays (Green Group). Schools are working with families who have children with different last names to ensure they are all attending school on the same days of the week. Wednesday will be a distance learning day and reserved for cleaning and sanitization. All scholars and staff members will be required to wear facial coverings in hallways and common areas except during meals or unless they are unable to medically tolerate a facial covering.
The in-person option will adhere to all of the health and safety guidelines outlined in our Safe Return and Recovery Plan, which was developed with the input of administrators, teachers, staff, community partners, Board of Education members, union representatives and parents. It is our belief that this plan will guide the continued academic, social and emotional growth of our scholars while maintaining, first and foremost, our commitment to safety and well-being. We welcome your continued feedback as this process moves forward.
Please help us by starting the conversation now with your child, who may be returning to face-to-face instruction, about safety precautions in the school building. This includes maintaining six feet of distance, wearing a cloth face covering or mask over the nose, practicing frequent hand washing, hand sanitizing, and no hugging of friends or staff (although “air hugs” are welcome).
We hope to continue to resume some sense of normalcy soon and are eager for our scholars’ return. Thank you for allowing us to serve your family, for your continued commitment to Flint Community Schools and for remaining Flint Focused.
Your Partner in Education,