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Coronavirus 2019 Update (3-12-20)

Coronavirus 2019 Update (3/12/20)
Coronavirus 2019

Dear SHPS Families,

Many of you are aware that the situation surrounding COVID-19 is dynamic and rapidly changing which has led to intensified disinfecting, additional consideration to processes and procedures, and continued diligence in preventative measures to minimize the spread of illness around our schools. You have also likely read about major state universities choosing to close due to the COVID-19 virus. Like us, those educational institutions work with their local and state level public health agencies when making such decisions. 

Current communications from the Van Buren/Cass District Health Department are advising administrators to collaborate closely with these agencies prior to making any decisions regarding the long-term closure of school. They state that “although some colleges and universities are choosing to move towards virtual instruction instead of face-to-face instruction [this] does not mean that K-12 settings should opt for parallel action. Colleges and universities are dramatically different environments including unique opportunities for disease transmission, such as housing in dormitories, that are not present in K-12 schools.”

With that being said, our team at South Haven Public Schools has developed a comprehensive plan in the event a long-term closure is necessary. One topic of discussion is the facilitation of educational activities to keep kids engaged in learning with as little disruption as possible. We are prepared to send a device home with each student in our district for these activities. Your child’s teacher would continue to communicate with you in the same online platform that they normally do, whether that would be Dojo, Facebook, Google Classroom, etc.

 Essential functions at central office would remain operational, including communication via SchoolMessenger, the district’s Facebook page, and the district website (www.100ffc.com). These are the methods that would be utilized to communicate with our school families in the event of a closure. 

Moving forward we, along with VBCDHD staff, are monitoring this evolving situation very closely. We all agree that the safety and health of our students, staff, and community are our top priority and we will continue to take the appropriate measures to ensure their safety.

Sincerely,
Kevin Schooley
Superintendent


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