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District Notification 10.29.2020

October 29, 2020
School Associated COVID Cases


New Cases 1
Cumulative Cases 3
Populations Affected Students/staff


Hello Blue Devils families and staff.


Earlier this week, we were made aware of a positive COVID-19 case in Sault High
School. In addition to the affected individual, several students and a staff member have
been directed to quarantine by the health department.


PLEASE NOTE: Based on communications with the health department, we will
not close the high school or the district at this time.


In accordance with HIPAA and FERPA laws, health information is private and we will
not be providing specifics about the case. However, please remember we will always
keep the safety of our students and staff at the forefront of our decision making.
The Chippewa County Health Department has investigated this case and conducted
contact tracing to determine close contacts. A “close contact” is defined as someone
who was within 6 feet of the positive person for at least 15 minutes. Close contacts were
contacted directly by the Chippewa County Health Department and received instructions
on what to do next.


We ask that all students and staff fully cooperate with CCHD so that the school can take
appropriate action based on this specific situation and prevent further spread of the
disease in our school and community. If you are contacted by the Chippewa County
Health Department and placed under quarantine or isolation for a COVID-19 infection,
please let the district know and present the letter that was given to you by the health
department.


Again, we urge all students and staff to fully cooperate with CCHD should they reach
out to you. We thank you in advance for your care, understanding, and cooperation.
Thank you for helping keep our schools and community safe!
Finally, a reminder to everyone to practice the 3 Ws:

  1. Wear a mask covering your nose and mouth
  2. Watch your distance
  3. Wash your hands with soap andwater for at least 20 seconds

Thank you.


Dr. Tim Hall
Superintendent of Schools

 

District Notification 7.24.2020

Hello Blue Devils!

The committee members of the elementary and secondary groups who have been working on the district's Return To School Plan have completed their work. The district thanks them for their commitment, efforts, and contributions to this important task. 

The Board of Education is required to approve the plan prior to its submission to the Intermediate School District and the Michigan Department of Education. The Board will meet Monday July 27th at 7:00 pm in the high school cafeteria to review and consider the plan. Current restrictions allow only 50 people to attend and attendees must follow facial covering and physical distancing guidelines. The meeting will also be available remotely via Zoom. Information on the Zoom link is available on the district's website.

Committee members and the district recognize that universal approval of any return to school plan is unlikely because there are so many uncertainties and issues surrounding a safe return to school for our students. The plan developed by the groups meets the requirements of the state's Return to School Roadmap. The groups were very attentive to the need to provide the very best education for our students that we can while doing so in the safest manner possible for both students and staff. They had robust discussions on how best to achieve both of these important components in the plan. You can access the plan on the district's website under the Headlines tab.

This has been a difficult time for all of us. A safe return to school this fall will provide a bit of normalcy for our students, families, and staff. We look forward to seeing the kids on September 8th!

I hope everyone is getting a chance to enjoy some of our beautiful UP summer!

I look forward to seeing everyone soon!

District Notification 7.15.2020

Good evening Blue Devils.

As we move closer to the start of the school year, I just want to provide a brief update as to the work going on to develop our return to school plan.

Both our elementary and secondary return to school committees have been working diligently on their respective plans. The groups consist of parents, support staff, teachers, administrators, our school nurse, and our maintenance supervisor. They have also consulted with the Chippewa County Health Department.

Both groups are using the guidance provided in the Michigan Return to School Roadmap. Here is a link to the Roadmap https://www.michigan.gov/documents/whitmer/MI_Safe_Schools_Roadmap_FINAL_695392_7.pdf

The Roadmap is based on the Phases outlined in the MI Safe Start Plan. Currently, we in the UP are in Phase 5 of the Safe Start Plan. Per the Roadmap, Phase 5 provides for the resumption of face-to-face instruction in the fall.

Schools have been tasked with developing three plans for educating our students when school starts. We must have a plan that covers Phases 1 – 3 in the Safe Start Plan. If we are in Phases 1 – 3, there would be no face-to-face instruction.

Phase 4 and Phase 5 allow for kids to be back in class, but with different requirements for health and safety. Phase 6 is “post-pandemic” meaning there are minimal issues that must be addressed for kids to be in school.

The plan developed by the committees will be reviewed and ultimately approved by our School Board. When the plan is approved, we will share it with families and the community. At that time, we also plan to survey families to get their thoughts on whether they plan to send their kids back to school, based on the plan.

Part of our work is also developing a virtual option for students (as would be required if we’re moved back to Phases 1 – 3). This virtual option would be available to students regardless of what Phase we’re in or the plan that is adopted by the Board.

It is certain that things will be different this fall than we’re used to. Certainly, it is our hope that we return to face-to-face instruction in the fall. Of course, we will follow guidelines outlined in the Roadmap and those from the Health Department and other agencies so as to create a safe environment for our students and staff.

We understand that the plan adopted by the district may not meet the needs of all of our students and their families. I encourage those with concerns about the plan or sending their kids back to school to contact their building principal or my office (635-6609).

Finally, it is our intention to have a plan ready by the end of the month or the first week of August. I ask for your patience as our committees continue their important work. As you can imagine, there are many issues to address in the plan.

Thank you.

Dr. Tim Hall

Superintendent of Schools

 

District Notification 4.30.2020

The district has established Internet hotspots at five locations throughout the district that will provide students who may have weak or no Internet access with the ability to use their device to access the school network. The locations are:

​Holy Family Church, Barbeau

​Bruce Twp. Hall

​Dafter Twp. Hall

​Sugar Island Community Center

​Big Bear Arena

 

There is no access to the facilities, so students will be able to login from the parking lots at these locations. To log in to the network students must use their regular school-assigned username and password, the same as they use to sign into a computer at school. This will allow them to securely access the school network.

 

We are very thankful for the support of these organizations for providing this service to our students. If you or your child have questions, please contact your teacher or building administrator.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Tim Hall

Superintendent

 

District Notification 4.17.2020

Sault Area Public Schools created a webbsite with information regarding COVID-19 and the District's respone to Executive Order 2020-35.

Please see the site by going to www.saultschools.org/covid19.

Also parents that did not qualify for Free or Reduced price lunch previously, but have recently had an income level change due to COVID-19, please fill out an application: https://lunchapp.com/. In addition, more assistance will be coming through EBT Program, for more information click here- EBT Program.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please call 635-3839 ext 5000.

 

District Notification 4.7.2020

Hello Blue Devils!


By now, many students and/or parents have had communications with their teachers. It
is important that these contacts are maintained for the remainder of the school year so
that students continue to receive both the educational materials and the supports they
need. Many discussions are taking place using technology, so we ask that families
continue to check emails, voicemails, and social media for information from the
teachers. These communications between students and teachers are vital for the
students’ continued academic progress and families are urged to maintain regular
contact with teachers.
The district continues to provide meals for students on Thursdays. If families have not
signed up for meals and need to do so, please contact Food Service Director Jordan
Desrochers at jdesrochers@eupschools.org or 635-3839 ext. 5828. This program will
run through the scheduled end of the school year which is June 5 th .
We are working on the creation of Internet hotspots that students can use to connect
with their teachers or do their schoolwork. We are looking at a few sites outside the city
limits at which students/parents can access the school network. More information will be
shared on that as we get those sites organized.
The district has distributed more than 460 Chromebooks for student use for the
remainder of the school year. This will allow those students who might not otherwise
have had access to the Internet to participate in class, communicate with their teachers,
or research topics.
Our teachers and administrators are committed to providing the very best education
possible to students in these uncertain times and unusual conditions. Now more than
ever, our students need and deserve the full support of all the adults around them. If
parents need assistance on educational matters please contact your child’s teacher or
building administrator. We are in this together!
Thank you.

Dr. Tim Hall
Superintendent of Schools 

District Notification 4.7.2020

Good Afternoon,

On Thursday, April 9, 2020 Sault Area Public Schools will distribute a Chromebook per family for students in grades 5-12. Our district is working hard to assist students with remote learning activities. Remote learning is required due to Executive Order 2020-35 which ordered all K-12 school buildings to close for the remainder of the school year. The devices are loaded with mandated school protections for Internet use at home.

Instructions:

1. Please pull up to the gym doors at Sault Area High School (Not food distribution area)

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2020

Time: 10:00 am-1:00 pm 

2. Staff members will bring a chromebook to the car; please stay in your vehicle

3. Provide the team with one of your student's last name, lunch number, (5 digit code), and grade level

For the most current information, we encourage our community members to routinely check our website, www.saultschools.org. Teacher websites are being developed and will be completed by April 13, 2020 (saultschools.org/insert teacher last name). We also encourage parents and guardians to frequently check their email for updates from individual teachers and the school. If you recently changed your contact information, please call 906-635-3839 ext 5024. 

Be well and stay safe,

Amy Scott-Kronemeyer

Director of Student Achievement

Sault Area Public Schools

 

 

District Notification 4.2.2020

Today, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-35 that ends face to face learning for the remainder of the school year.  Our initial 10-Day Learning Plans focused on review and reinforcement and got students used to doing work from home. Our Phase II Plans feature a more interactive, assignment-based model using a variety of resources. They are geared toward advancing instruction and presenting key material in keeping with essential curriculum concepts. Phase II of our Remote Learning Plans begins Monday, April 13 and takes us through the end of the year. We are committed to being flexible and responsive as Phase II begins. This is uncharted territory for all of us and it is important that our staff, students and the families supporting them continue to be flexible as we move through this time. We will make adjustments and revisions as needed. As always, in addition to academic learning, we are focused on the health and well-being of our students and ask that everyone continue to follow the guidelines of our health professionals.

Dr. Tim Hall

Superintendent of Schools

District Notification 4.1.2020

Good Afternoon,

Elementary Packets (K-4) for the week starting April 6th are available for parents to pick up tomorrow, April 2, from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM at Sault High. We scheduled pick up at the same time as this week's meal distribution. Packets that are not picked up, will be mailed on Monday, April 6.  
 
Be safe and well,
Amy

District Notification 3.31.2020 3:00 PM

Hello Blue Devils!

I hope everyone is holding up well during this unprecedented time and that you’re finding some time to enjoy your hobbies or a good book, or go for a walk despite our current situation. As you have likely heard, there is talk coming from Lansing about the possibility that schools will be closed for the rest of the year and of course, one of the big questions on everyone’s mind is, what about schoolwork?

At this time, the Governor has not made the official announcement that schools are closed, but we are developing contingency plans for providing educational materials for our students if there is an extended closure or a shutdown. We will develop age and course appropriate materials for home-based learning, and the plan will of course be aligned with any directions we receive from government and state education officials.

Since the schools have been closed, we have distributed nearly 12,000 meals for our students. Whether the closure is extended or we are indeed shut down for the year, we will continue to provide meals while we’re closed. The process may change a bit, but we are committed to providing the meals for our students.

Finally, we will continue to communicate with our students, parents, staff, and community as new developments arise. Right now, no one knows how long our current situation will last, and there are many, many unanswered questions, but nonetheless we will continue to work during this time on behalf of the students we serve.

Thank you and be well.

 

Dr. Tim Hall

Superintendent of Schools

 

District Notification 3.23.2020 3:00 PM

March 23, 2020

Dear Students, Parents, Staff and Community Members:

Today, Governor Whitmer announced the extended closing of all Michigan schools, through Monday, April 13th to slow the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  For the entire Executive Order order click here.

We understand that this will be a hardship for all involved: students, parents, staff and the community.  We will continue to provide meals for our families during the closure. Meal pick up is Thursday, March 26 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm in the parking lot at Sault High School.  This delivery will include meals for 10 days.

It is important that students work through the materials they received as best they can. They should bring it back when school resumes and teachers will review it with them.

We encourage families to strictly adhere to Executive Order 2020-21 and to remain at home. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.  

Sincerely,

Dr. Tim Hall

Superintendent

District Notification 3.19.2020 10:00  AM

Good Afternoon,

I am proud to announce that Sault Schools put together a concise resource list to help our families bypass the mass amounts of media suggestions for learning at home.

The list is divided into two sections. The top section consists of sites we use and/or pay for at school.  Students typically have a username and password for the sites or they know how to access the learning materials.  The bottom list, consists of sites recommended by our educators.  

To access the list, please click here: https://www.saultschools.org/onlineresources.

In addition, we highly recommend parents use caution when sites ask for Personal Identifiable Information (PII) other than creating a username and password. 

Here is a link to simple safety suggestions: click here Online Safety Toolkit.

Be well and stay safe,

Amy Scott-Kronemeyer

Director of Student Achievement, Sault Area Public Schools

District Notification 3.18.20 3:45 PM

Here is an update sent to families and staff from Superintendent Hall.

I hope everyone is coping with the adjustments we’ve all had to make due to the issues surrounding the COVID-19 virus. Here is an update on what’s happening in the district.

Meal pickup for those families who responded to the surveys or called into the district is scheduled for 11:00 am – 1:00 pm on Thursday at the high school.

For those who did not receive educational materials last week, the packets were mailed out yesterday, so please look for them in the next couple of days. Teachers have prepared additional materials that will go home if the closure is extended.

While we are closed, the buildings are going through a deep cleaning and will be ready for students whenever we are allowed to return to school.

Finally, at this time, we do not have any updates as to whether the closure will be extended. Certainly, we are hopeful that conditions allow for us to return to school on April 6th as currently scheduled.

There are many, many unanswered questions for schools and I will provide updates as more information becomes available. Here is a link to the state’s site that provides information on the virus. https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

In the meantime, please follow the recommendations and guidelines from the medical experts and take care!

Thank you.

Dr. Tim Hall
Superintendent of Schools

District Notification 3.13.2020 4:00 PM

School Closure information

Hello Blue Devils Family.

On Thursday, March 12, 2020 Governor Whitmer issued a mandatory closure of all K-12 schools from Monday, March 16, 2020 through April 6, 2020. Of course, this extended closure has created the need for many contingency plans. First and foremost is the issue of providing educational opportunities for our students while the schools are closed. Plans are necessary so that we can provide meals for students during the closure, and so we can conduct a very thorough cleaning/disinfecting of all our buildings. Please see below for more information on each of these areas.

Remote Learning:

Under the current mandated closure, Sault Schools implemented a remote learning plan for students. Educational packets were created for every student to learn at home for the next two weeks. Kindergarten through 4th grade packets were placed in backpacks and sent home with the students on Friday afternoon.  All Kindergarten through 4th grade students who were not in attendance on Friday and students in grades 5-12 will receive their packets in the mail next week.

Food Services and Communication:

We are pleased to announce that the district can provide meals to students during the closure. We have established two distribution dates for all students to receive a week’s worth of breakfast and lunch. In order to best serve our students it is important that we have an estimate of how many meals to prepare. To request meals, please call 906-635-3839 ext 5828 on Monday March 16, 2020 between 8:00 am and 12:00 noon, or go online to complete an anonymous survey at www.saultschools.org in the Headlines section, Food Service During Mandatory Shutdown, and provide the number of children in the family.

  • Click here to complete the survey
  • Distribution Site: Sault Area High School parking lot
  • Distribution Times: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Distribution Dates: Thursday, March 19, 2020 & Thursday, March 26, 2020

 

Prevention and Mitigation Efforts:

  1. Deep cleaning of facilities including student lockers
  2. Mandatory shutdown of all school buildings March 17, 2020 - April 6, 2020
  3. All district extra-curricular activities are canceled through April 6, 2020

 

Sault Area Public Schools is committed to the safety and well being of our students, staff, and the community at large. We will continue to provide updates during the closure as more information becomes available. Please continue to check our website (www.saultschools.org) under the Headlines tab - Coronavirus information. We appreciate your support and understanding as we all work through these unprecedented circumstances.

 

Thank you.

Dr. Tim Hall

Superintendent of Schools

Parent Notification 3/12/2020

Hello Blue Devil Parents.

This is to provide you with an update as to how the district is reacting to the issues surrounding the Coronavirus. We are communicating regularly with the Chippewa County Health Department to ascertain the latest information and will continue to do so. Please continue to check our website at: www.saultschools.org for information. It is listed under the Headlines tab on the left side of the page. 

The question on the minds of many is “are you closing?” In short – no, we are not closing. That decision could change, however, if we are directed to so by the state government or a state agency. But, at this time school will go on as scheduled, as will all after-school activities.

We will continue to keep our buildings as clean as we can. Teachers will work with students on hand-washing and additional cleaning of rooms. We all know that kids like to share beverages and food, but during this time, they should be encouraged to stop.

Today, students were surveyed to help us learn how many have Internet access away from school. This data will be very important for us because if we are directed to close our district, we will need to find a way to continue providing education to the students. We know not every child has on-line access so as part of our planning we are considering how to provide for those students as well.

 We will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates as information becomes available. In the meantime, it is important to remind our students that they need to wash their hands and cough into their elbows or sleeves, which are the same instructions we give them during the flu season.

Finally, we understand that some parents may choose to keep their children at home during this time. It is important that the school is notified so that arrangements can be made to get the child their homework.

If you have questions please contact your child’s principal or the district office at 635-6609.

Thank you.

 

Dr. Tim Hall

Superintendent of Schools

Letter from MI Governor

Michigan Department of Education

Letter from School Nurse

Health Department Letter

Parent Notification 3/10/2020 3:00 PM

Hello,

As many of you are aware, our middle school hosts a Boys and Girls Club activities daily after school. The program is run by the Bay Mills Tribe. You may have heard from the news that two Bay Mills employees have had contact with an individual who is being tested for the coronavirus. The Bay Mills employees have no symptoms and have self-quarantined until the results of this individual's test. As a precaution, Bay Mills canceled Boys and Girls Club activities for the rest of the week, including ours.

We are in close communication with the Chippewa County Health Department and we are posting information and guidance related materials to www.saultschools.org under the "Headlines" tab. It is important to note that the Chippewa County Health Department does not recommend closure of our schools at this time. As an extra precaution, we will conduct additional cleaning throughout the middle school this evening.

Sault Area Public Schools takes the health and welfare of our students and staff very seriously.  We have put together a plan should we need it. We will continue to work with the Chippewa County Health Department and monitor Michigan.gov/coronavirus and Center for Disease Control regularly.

If you have questions, please contact your child's principal or the district office at 635-6609.

Thank you.

Dr. Tim Hall

Superintendent of Schools