Dear Homer Families and Staff,
This evening, at 6:00 pm, Governor Whitmer held a press conference to announce that the State of Michigan will be under a new Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Epidemic Order for the next three weeks. To protect all of our Homer students and staff, we will begin the transition to remote for all grades K-12 on Monday, November 16, with an intent to return to school on Wednesday, December 9. This is in response to the rapidly increasing number of COVID-19 positive cases within our state and the crisis that this has placed on our health care system. Our district will be implementing the following:
Instruction - ALL Remote or Virtual
All K-12 students that are currently in-person will transition to remote learning. All students are expected to check their email and Google Classrooms daily, for Google Meet schedules and daily learning expectations. We will follow the same Google Meet schedules posted in or Return to Learn Plan. All grade level schedules are available on the district website for your convenience. Students that are currently 100% virtual will continue with their existing online curriculum and schedules.
Meal Distribution - Available on Monday!
Meal pickup is every MONDAY, from 12 pm - 1 pm behind the kitchen (down from the superintendent’s entrance), beginning on Monday, November 16th. Breakfasts and lunches are available for any child, birth through age 18 for FREE! Meal pick up will be every Monday, with 5 days worth of meals provided at that time. To help the kitchen staff know how to best plan, please fill out the meal request form on the district website at www.homerschools.net. However, if you did not sign up, please still come get food! No family will be turned away.
Athletics and Extracurricular Activities - ALL Suspended
All athletics, including practices and competitions, as well as any inter-school or after-school extracurricular activities are currently suspended.
Packet pickup details for each elementary classroom will be provided through Class Dojo and posted on the Lillian Fletcher Elementary website. Students in grades 5-12 can communicate directly with their teachers if they would like hard copies of any materials, and pick up can be arranged. All building offices will be open from 8 am - 3 pm, Monday through Friday.
We feel confident that we will continue to be able to provide all of our students access to a quality Homer education during this time, with ways to continue learning and stay connected without feeling overwhelmed. We will continue to be flexible and make adjustments as the situation changes. Remember to check the district website at www.homerschools.net and follow the district Facebook site at Homer Community Schools Home of the Trojans for all updates. Please continue to stay safe, stay healthy, and stay home!
Marty Chard, Interim Superintendent
JoEllen O’Keefe, Director of Instructional Services
Tom Salow, HHS Principal / Interim HMS Principal
Heather Cahill, LFE Principal
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