March 2020

Dear Parents,

As I’m sure you are aware Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced the first cases to test positive in Michigan of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) this week. The governor has declared a state of emergency to maximize efforts and assist local governments and officials to slow the spread of the virus. To assist in this effort she has asked all K-12 public schools to close for three weeks starting on Monday, March 16. We will be complying with this request and closing school starting on 3/16/20. This closure lines up with our already scheduled spring break, so we will now be returning to school on Monday, 4/13.

With the health and safety of our students, staff and OA families in mind, we have made the very difficult decision to also cancel our spring musical scheduled for April 2, 2020. This was not an easy decision, but one we feel is in the best interest of everyone involved. Tickets and videos already purchased will be refunded.

In lieu of that live performance students will be invited to wear their musical attire to school on a date TBD in April. I will film all performances and create a movie to share on Facebook with everyone. The students have worked incredibly hard and we can’t wait to share the show with you.

Additionally we will be cancelling all field trips, school events, and open houses through at least spring break. This includes the PTO meeting and open house on 3/19 as well as all GOTR practices.  Parent conferences are also cancelled, but will be rescheduled at a later date. Decisions on events and trips after 4/12, as well as 5th grade camp, will be made as soon as possible but are currently still planned to take place.

How this will impact the school calendar and the last day of school in June is still to be determined. As soon as we have a definitive answer we will keep you apprised.

All teachers have sent home work today with your student to help keep them active and learning through the closure. Many education sites are also offering free subscriptions during this difficult time; Prodigy, Epic, ABC Mouse, and BrainPop to name a few. Please take advantage of this. When all else fails, read! Another great resource has been put together by our authorizer GVSU and can be accessed here: https://sites.google.com/view/gvsufamilyresources/home

During the closure if you need food assistance please dial 211 to contact the United Way for help.

Thank you for your understanding! Feel free as always to email (sboris@fbrcs.org) with questions.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Shawn Boris

Principal, Oakland Academy