January 19, 2022
Dear Flint Community Schools Families,
We hope you are staying safe and warm. These past several weeks have certainly provided challenges not only for Flint Community Schools, but for school districts across the state. While we had hoped to return for in-person learning on Monday, January 24, as stated in our most recent communication, after further discussion with local health officials and based on the continued rise of COVID-19 cases across Genesee County and the state of Michigan, we have decided to continue with distance learning until further notice to protect the health and wellbeing of our scholars, families, teachers, and staff. This means scholars will continue distance learning next week, starting January 24, following their regular school schedule each day. We remain committed to providing timely updates as they occur.
While this decision was not made easily, it is necessary for the greater health of our community. We know this is not an easy time for many across our district and we want you to know that you are not alone. If your family is struggling in anyway, please contact your teachers and principals for assistance. We are here to help support our school community with whatever is needed. The safety and well-being of our community is a priority, and while we know we are taking the necessary steps to ensure everyone’s health and safety, we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but appreciate your understanding and flexibility during this time.
Based on State of Michigan MI Safe Start dashboard, as of January 13, 2022 the testing positivity rate for Genesee County is 38.4% and there are 1,232 new COVID cases per 100,000 weekly. The CDC COVID-19 County Check Tool for understanding community transmission levels indicates that Genesee County is at high transmission risk as our testing positivity rate exceeds 10% and our new cases per week exceeds 1,000 per 100,000 population. To lower the transmission number, and to keep it low, we must actively continue distance learning until further notice.
During the week of January 24, food distributions services will be available on Tuesday, January 25 and Thursday, January 27 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the locations listed below:
- Eisenhower Elementary
- Freeman Elementary
- Holmes STEM Middle School
- Neithercut Elementary
- Flint Northwestern
- Pierce Elementary
- Potter Elementary
- Southwestern Classical Academy
As a reminder, please continue to charge all devices at home and visit the district’s website at FlintSchools.org for regular updates and tips on distance learning. If you are not already subscribed to our district’s e-newsletter, which automatically subscribes you to receive urgent e-news updates, we encourage you to do so by visiting this link and sharing your email address. This will ensure your family receives timely information and updates from the district. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s principal with any questions you may have.
We know how difficult these times continue to be for our scholars and school community. However, we remain Flint-focused. We are grateful for your ongoing patience and understanding as we seek to keep our school community safe.
Thank you for your ongoing dedication to your scholar’s education and to Flint Community Schools.
Flint Community Schools