February 12, 2021
Dear Families –
As you know, the district has been preparing to offer the option of a return to in-person learning through a hybrid model, beginning February 22, 2021. The hybrid option—for families who have elected to participate—will include two days of in-person learning per week. Some scholars will attend in-person learning on Monday and Tuesday (Blue Group), while other scholars will attend in-person learning on Thursday and Friday (Green Group). Schools are working with families who have children with different last names to ensure they are all attending school the same days of the week. Wednesdays will be a distance learning day for all scholars, as we clean and sanitize our buildings. On Wednesday, all scholars will be required to connect online, screen to screen, in order to have his or her attendance counted. If you have elected the hybrid option, your child’s school will be sending a letter to you outlining your child’s weekly schedule.
As part of our hybrid option, all scholars and staff members will be required to have their temperature checked upon entering the building each day; wear facial coverings on the school bus, in hallways and common areas except during meals; maintain six feet of distance and not hug friends or staff (air hugs are acceptable).
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 are asking you, our scholars’ parents and guardians, to help us by screening your child at home for symptoms before sending them to school. Symptoms may include a fever (100.4F), new or worsening cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, and loss of taste or smell. If your child is sick or has any of these symptoms, we ask you to keep them at home for the day and notify the school.
For the safety of our scholars and staff, we will be limiting the footprint of our buildings. We will be asking parents to drop their child off outside the building, and staff will be on hand to safely escort your child to his or her class. Visitors will only be allowed in the building with a scheduled appointment, or in the instance their child is ill during the day or needs to leave early from school.
If your child is returning to in-person instruction, please help us by starting the conversation now about the safety precautions listed in this letter.
Thank you for allowing us to serve your family, for your continued commitment to Flint Community Schools and for remaining Flint Focused. We welcome your continued feedback as this process moves forward.
Your Partner in Education,
Mrs. Anita J. Steward