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Return to School Plan 2021-2022

Superintendent Update

August 12, 2021

Dear TK Families,

It’s back to school time! As we prepare for students and staff to return, I am writing to share important information regarding the latest COVID-19 mandates and guidance from health officials.  Since the beginning of this pandemic, Thornapple Kellogg Schools has maintained a commitment to the health, safety, and well-being of our students, families, and staff. 

Based on the latest guidance for K-12 schools from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and the Barry Eaton District Health Department (BEDHD), here are the guidelines for the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

We will be following all required and mandated orders from CDC and MDHHS.  We strongly encourage all to follow the recommendations from these agencies as well.  

Requirements:

  • Masks are required to be worn on buses per federal order
  • District will report confirmed COVID-19 cases to BEDHD
  • District will post COVID-19 case counts on our website weekly
  • Schools will notify parents/guardians of their student meeting the close contact definition (Within 6 feet for 15 or more minutes from the positive case)
    • Students fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to quarantine
    • Students not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should quarantine per Health Department guidelines
  • Household close contacts of confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases are required to quarantine for 10 days
  • All persons at school in close contact with a COVID-19 case involved in an outbreak (as defined by BEDHD) are required to quarantine for 10 days
  • Students and staff identified as confirmed COVID-19 cases must be excluded from school for at least 10 days
  • Athletics will continue to adhere to the rules set forth by MHSAA.  At this time, student-athletes are not required to test for COVID

Recommendations:

  • Universal indoor masking for all students, staff and visitors to PK-12 schools is strongly recommended, regardless of vaccination status
  • All unvaccinated students and staff who are eligible are strongly encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccination

 Mitigation Measures:

  • Schools will attempt to maintain 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms
  • Regular cleaning and disinfection measures are in place
  • Regular hand washing and hand sanitizing will be encouraged
  • All teachers will utilize seating charts in the classroom
  • Hallways will be organized to avoid overcrowding
  • All TK classrooms have air filtration systems
  • All school buildings use Clorox 360 disinfectant machines in classrooms and on buses daily
  • Visitors will not be allowed in classrooms to start the year

We ask that you respectfully continue partnering with us in finding the balance between providing a safe learning environment and educating all of our students during this health crisis. These preventative measures and protocols are based on current health conditions and are subject to change as we monitor the impact of COVID within our schools and classrooms.

If, at any given time, one of our school buildings reports a 1% infection rate among the student population of that building, TK Schools will partner with BEDHD to discuss local data, infection trends, and plan for more effective mitigation measures as needed.

If you have any questions as we work through challenges during these extraordinary times, please feel free to contact me via email at dremenap@tkschools.org or by phone (269) 795-5521.

 

Thank you for your continued support and understanding,

 

Sincerely,

  

Dan Remenap
Superintendent