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Coronavirus Updates

ALL SCHOOL ACTIVITIES ARE POSTPONED OR CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Below are vetted sources for COVID-19 information:

Michigan Department of Health and Human

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 
 

Our Teachers Miss Our Students!!! - Posted 4/3/2020

Watch the following videos to see greetings from all of your favorite Homer Community Schools teachers!!

 

 

 


Important Update - Posted 4/2/2020


The following is an important update from Superintendent Scott Salow:

Earlier this morning, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order closing all K-12 school buildings for face-to-face learning for the remainder of the school year. This means that all school buildings, student activities and events are canceled or postponed through May 29.  Although this announcement was expected, it is still extremely sad and disheartening at the same time. Please know that we grieve with you over the loss of school as we know it.   

But we will RISE UP.  We will continue to educate our students to the absolute best of our ability.  The governor announced that each school district will be creating an alternate distance learning plan.  We will be working on finalizing our plan over the next few days and communicating this to you. Please continue to watch the district website for all updated information.  Our goal is to have the plan in place and communicated to you by Monday, April 13.  

During Spring Break and for the remainder of the school year, we will continue to provide meals to all children aged 18 and younger.  We are currently offering meal pick up on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:00-12:00 in front of the superintendent’s office. We are also going to reopen the Chromebook request form on the school website.  If your family does not have access to a device, we want to get one to you!  

These are uncertain, stressful, trying and unprecedented times, and there is no roadmap to help navigate us through this event.  We will get through this together. Now more than ever, we will show what it truly means to be Homer Strong!!!  

Please continue to stay safe, stay healthy, stay home and as always Homer Strong!!!


Access to Technology - Available Again! - Posted 4/2/2020

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During the mandatory school closure from March 11 though the end of the school year, we want your student to stay academically challenged and engaged during this difficult time. Many teachers are communicating regularly through email, Remind, Google Classroom, and their teacher web pages. Assignments posted are an opportunity for your student to participate in learning and stay connected with their teacher and classroom content. This will allow for the best transition when we return to school.

Many internet service providers are now offering FREE internet during the next two months. If your family is in need of a Chromebook for your students to use during this time period, please fill out the form below. You will be contacted via email when we have a device ready for pick up. 

 

Click HERE for the Chromebook Sign Out Request Form


Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Suspending Face-to-Face Learning at K-12 Schools for Remainder of School Year - Posted 4/2/2020

Executive Order sets guidelines for remote learning, ensures teachers, school employees will be paid for remainder of school year

LANSING, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-35, which orders all K-12 school buildings to close for the remainder of the school year — unless restrictions are lifted — and ensures continuing of learning by setting guidelines for remote learning. District facilities may be used by public school employees and contractors for the purposes of facilitating learning at a distance while also practicing social distancing.

“My number one priority right now is protecting Michigan families from the spread of COVID-19. For the sake of our students, their families, and the more than 100,000 teachers and staff in our state, I have made the difficult decision to close our school facilities for the remainder of the school year,” Governor Whitmer said. “As a parent, I understand the challenge closing schools creates for parents and guardians across the state, which is why we are setting guidelines for schools to continue remote learning and ensuring parents have resources to continue their children’s education from the safety of their homes. There is no video chat or homework packet that can replace the value of a highly trained, experienced teacher working with students in a classroom, but we must continue to provide equitable educational opportunities for students during this public health crisis.”

The Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators and the Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers are currently developing a Continuity of Learning Plan template application for schools to utilize in order to create their localized plan. The application will be made available by April 3. District plans will need to detail how districts will provide opportunities for students to learn remotely and how schools will manage and monitor their progress. It will also provide information on how parents and guardians can learn more about the local plan. Each district must have its plan approved by their regional intermediate school district before being implemented. Public school academies must have their plans approved by their authorizer. Districts can also partner with one another to create joint plans.  

Every district’s plan will be different and will reflect what’s best and feasible for their community. A plan can include learning by any number of modes of instruction delivery, including a hybrid approach. However they are designed, districts must ensure their plans are appropriate, equitable and accessible for students and families.

If the plan relies on some online instruction, the district should ensure every student who needs it has access to an appropriate device with an ability to connect to the internet. Students and families will not be penalized if they are unable to participate in their alternate learning plan.

Schools should continue to provide mental health care services for students, to the extent possible, and should be ready and willing to help efforts to establish disaster relief childcare centers. School districts will also continue to provide meals for families who need them during the COVID-19 crisis. If any schools have unused personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies or other materials, they are allowed and encouraged to donate them to organizations that could put them to use.

School districts will have the flexibility to adopt a balanced calendar for the 2019-2020 school year and/or to begin the 2020-2021 school year before Labor Day without having to seek additional approval. Teachers and school employees will be paid for the remainder of the school year. Student teachers will still be able to get a temporary certification and current teachers will still be able to get their certifications renewed, even if they can’t meet all the requirements due to COVID-19.

All Michigan high school seniors will be given the opportunity to graduate this year so that they may make a successful postsecondary transition. Additionally, all standardized tests previously scheduled for the remainder of the school year, including the M-STEP and the SAT, will be canceled. There will be a date in October for rising high school seniors to take the SAT and for other high school students to take the PSAT.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

To view executive order 2020-35, click the link below:

 

Update for Parents - 4/1/2020

We know that there has been a lot of talk in the media about the status of Michigan public schools for the remainder of the school year.  An article released on Monday from Bridge Magazine gave some details regarding the anticipated executive order.  This was NOT an official announcement. In an interview with Fox 2 news on Tuesday, Governor Whitmer stated that on THURSDAY, April 2, she would be making an official announcement on her plan for the rest of the school year.  

We want to assure you that as soon as we hear definitive information, we will be sharing it with you.  We also know that whatever the announcement is, it will create more questions than answers. Please know that we understand how scary and confusing this is, and we are working to ensure that Homer Schools is meeting all of the needs of our students, staff, and community to the best of our abilities.  Thank you again for all of your support, patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.

Stay Safe, Stay Home, Stay Healthy, and Homer Strong!!!


Helpful Resources for Parents - Posted 3/27/2020

Dealing with the pandemic, all of the non-stop media coverage, the lack of regular routines and schedules, and so much uncertainty can be difficult for any child or individual, but especially so for children and adults that have experienced trauma.  Attached are a variety of helpful resources compiled by our student support staff at Homer Community Schools.  

Mental Health

 

Addressing COVID-19 with Children


What To Do If You Have Been Exposed to COVID-19 - Posted 3/26/2020

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Calhoun County Health Department Information - Posted 3/26/2020

Please see the attached document from the Calhoun County Health Department regarding the Boys District Basketball Game at Concord on March 11.  This is very similar information that the Jackson County Health Department. (Click HERE to access document).


Jackson County Health Department Press Release - Posted 3/25/2020

Please see the attached press release from the Jackson County Health Department regarding the Boys District Basketball Game on March 11 at Concord High School. (Click HERE to view release.)


Governor Whitmer Signs “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order - Posted 3/23/2020

Governor directs all non-critical businesses to temporarily close, all Michiganders to stay home or six feet away from others during COVID-19 crisis  

LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21), directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. The order also directs Michiganders to stay in their homes unless they’re a part of that critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or grocery store.  

 

Effective at 12:01 am on March 24, 2020, for at least the next three weeks, individuals may only leave their home or place of residence under very limited circumstances, and they must adhere to social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when they do so, including remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household to the extent feasible under the circumstances. 

 

“In just 13 days, we’ve gone from 0 to over 1,000 COVID-19 cases,” said Governor Whitmer. “This is an unprecedented crisis that requires all of us working together to protect our families and our communities. The most effective way we can slow down the virus is to stay home. I know this will be hard, but it will be temporary. If we all come together, get serious, and do our part by staying home, we can stay safe and save lives.” 

 

“Taking aggressive action to protect our communities is the most important thing we can do to mitigate further spread of COVID-19,” said Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “If we do this now, we can make sure our hospitals and healthcare workers are prepared to take care of the sickest people. It is crucial that people do the right thing by staying home and staying safe.” 

 

Executive Order 2020-21 prohibits all businesses and operations from requiring workers to leave their homes, unless those workers are necessary to sustain or protect life or to conduct minimum basic operations. Businesses and operations are to designate the workers that meet those criteria, and must adopt social distancing practices and other mitigation measures to protect workers and patrons in the performance of that necessary in-person work.

 

Workers that are necessary to sustain or protect life include those in health care and public health, law enforcement and public safety, grocery store workers, and more. For a full list of these critical infrastructure workers, click the link to Executive Order 2020-21 at the bottom of this page. 

 

Additionally, under Executive Order 2020-21, all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring among persons outside a single household are temporarily prohibited. People may leave the house to perform for limited, necessary purposes, and may engage in outdoor activities like walking, hiking, running, cycling, or any other recreational activity, consistent with remaining at least six feet from people from outside a person’s household and with other restrictions imposed by prior executive orders. 

 

Michigan is currently in the top five states in the nation in number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Several governors across the country have taken similar steps to protect their communities from the spread of COVID-19, including governors Mike DeWine (R-OH), Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), J.B. Pritzker (D-IL), Tom Wolf (D-PA), Gavin Newsom (D-CA), John Bel Edwards (D-LA), Phil Murphy (D-NJ), and Ned Lamont (D-CT). 

 

Patients with confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:    

  • Fever       
  • Cough       
  • Shortness of breath       

 

The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is:  

  • If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.       
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.         
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.         
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.         
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.         
  • If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.        
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting.       

 

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus   

 

For those who have questions about the state’s actions to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, please call the COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-535-6136 between 8AM - 5PM daily.   

 

Michiganders can apply for unemployment benefits if they have left work or taken a leave of absence because of self-isolation or self-quarantine in response to elevated risk from COVID-19 due to being immunocompromised, displaying the symptoms of COVID-19, having contact in the last 14 days with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, the need to care for someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, or a family care responsibility as a result of a government directive. Those temporarily laid off from work should apply for unemployment benefits online at www.michigan.gov/UIA or 1-866-500-0017.  

 

Governor Whitmer is working to ensure that children who rely on the food provided by schools will have the resources they need. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has developed an online map for families to find meals. Families can access the map at: https://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/schoolnutrition/

 

On March 19, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) approved the governor’s request for a statewide Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) declaration, opening the opportunity to small businesses to access low-interest loans from the SBA. The application for disaster loan assistance is available at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/. For businesses looking for more information on how to apply for an SBA EIDL loan or whether it is something they should consider, visit michiganbusiness.org/covid19

To view executive order 2020-21, click the link below:   


Helping Young Kids Through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis - Posted 3/20/2020

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Looking for a way to explain Coronavirus to your children? - Posted 3/17/2020 

Dr. Anthony Santella, Associate Professor of Public Health, at Hofstra University is offering a 1 hour webinar is designed for elementary and middle school children, their parents/guardians, teachers, counselors, school administrators, and anyone who is interested in getting information on the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. The webinar will use medically accurate and age appropriate content for 5-13 year olds. The content will focus on basic facts related to the science and public health along with frequently asked questions about how the coronavirus impacts things that matter to children like their friends, pets, vacations, etc. Webinar log in details will be sent 1 day before the webinar.

To read more about Dr. Santella, go to https://www.hofstra.edu/faculty/fac_profiles.cfm?id=4773

To sign up for the webinar, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-every-kid-needs-to-know-about-the-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-tickets-99881837264


Important Information for Parents on Learning Opportunities - 3/16/2020

We want to assure parents that any assignments suggested by teachers during the mandatory school closure from March 14-April 5 are not required.  Students' grades will not be impacted if they do not or cannot complete them.  These activities are a way for students to stay academically challenged and engaged during this difficult time. Many teachers are communicating regularly through email, Remind, Google Classroom, and their teacher web pages. Assignments posted are an opportunity for students to participate in learning and stay connected with their teacher and classroom content to allow for the best transition when we return to school.  

We also encourage you to check out the large variety of online educational resources available to support your students' learning during this time.  Thank you for your continued patience and understanding!!!


Important Updates on School Closing - Posted 3/13/2020

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No School: March 16 - April 10

At a press conference late Thursday evening, Governor Whitmer and State Superintendent Michael Rice announced that all K-12 school buildings - public, private, and boarding - are ordered to be closed from Monday, March 16 to Sunday, April 5, 2020, in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Buildings can reopen on Monday, April 6.  Our Spring Break is scheduled for April 6 through April 10.  We will resume our regular schedule on April 13. 

During the mandatory closure, there will be no student, staff, or school activities permitted. 

We encourage you to check out the online educational resources available for students of all ages on our district website.  We are also happy to announce that families can sign up to have lunches available to students for pick-up or delivery beginning March 16.  

We appreciate your continued patience and understanding during these unprecedented and trying times.  Thank you, and as always, Homer Strong!!!  - Superintendent Scott Salow


 

Important - Please Read!!!  Governor Announces School Closings - Posted 3/13/2020

During a press conference at 11 pm on Thursday, March 12, 2020, Governor Whitmer announced a mandatory state school shutdown from Monday, March 16 - Monday, April 6th.   

 


School will remain open Friday until 11:00 as scheduled.  We will use this time to make preparations and to allow staff and students to bring home personal and school items.   
 


MHSAA Halts All Activities in Sponsored Sports Through April 5 - Posted 3/13/2020

The Michigan High School Athletic Association has directed all member schools to suspend activities in all sports for all seasons– effective Monday, March 16 through at least Sunday, April 5 – to fall in line with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order that all schools close for the next three weeks in order to deter the spread of COVID-19.

All athletic activities to be halted include practices, scrimmages and competitions/games, as well as strength training, conditioning and any other organized sessions and activities in all MHSAA in-season and out-of-season sports.

The suspension of activities applies to sports for all three MHSAA seasons as Spring sports practices have begun, Winter tournaments were suspended Thursday and Fall sports coaches are working with limited numbers of athletes during the offseason.

“By suspending all sports activities for the next three weeks, we are taking an additional step to maintain safety and minimize risk first, and also keep a level playing field for our schools and teams during this time of uncertainty,” MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl said. “A number of schools across the state already were making this decision, and setting this as the standard across our membership is appropriate especially given the quick pace with which this situation is continuing to evolve. Given the rapid, fast-moving and unprecedented events of this week, the MHSAA will use the time during this all-sport suspension of activities to evaluate all options and next steps which will be shared with schools in a timely manner.”

Updates will continue to be posted as necessary to the MHSAA Website at https://www.mhsaa.com/coronavirus.


Letter from Superintendent Regarding Coronavirus - 3/12/2020

A letter from Superintendent Scott Salow will be sent home with all students at Homer Community Schools today, Thursday, March 12, 2020.  We encourage all parents to watch for this letter.  Please continue to visit our school website for the most up-to-date information and event cancellations or postponements.  

Please click HERE to access a PDF of the Letter from the Superintendent


Event Updates and Cancellations - As of 3/12/2020

In compliance with Governor Whitmer's recommendation to limit large group gatherings, the following events at Homer Community Schools will be postponed until further notice.  We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. 

  • Laughter, Lasagna, & Life Lessons scheduled for Thursday, 3/12 is postponed until further notice.
  • Homer All In Community Breakfast scheduled for Friday, 3/13 is cancelled.
  • Basketball Districts scheduled for Friday, 3/13 are cancelled.
  • CU on the Dress Express scheduled for Friday, 3/13 is cancelled.
  • Mother/Son Night scheduled for Saturday, 3/14 will be postponed until further notice.
  • Solo & Ensemble scheduled for Saturday, 3/14 is cancelled.
  • Preschool Roundup scheduled for Friday, 3/20 is rescheduled for Friday, 4/24.
  • Freshmen Orientation scheduled for Wednesday, 3/25 is rescheduled for Wednesday, 4/22.
  • Homer Robotics FIRST Competition at Lakeview HS scheduled for 3/26-28 is postponed until further notice.
  • Club '20 scheduled for Saturday 4/25 is cancelled.
  • HS Band Trip scheduled for 5/7-5/10 is cancelled.

 

We will continue to update this list as more information is made available to us.


MHSAA Update Regarding Boys District Basketball - Updated 3/12/20

All MHSAA winter tournaments are suspended, effective immediately and indefinitely. Please reference the MHSAA website for updates and press releases.


Information Regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Updated 3/11/20

The safety, health, and well-being of our staff, students and school community is our priority.  We want to keep you informed of news regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Information around this outbreak is rapidly changing, and we will continue to be in close communication with the Calhoun County Public Health Department (CCPHD) and will continue to follow CCPHD's guidance and recommendations regarding COVID-19.  

It is important for everyone to know that, at this time, there are no confirmed or suspected cases in Calhoun County. On Tuesday, 3/10/2020 Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Oakland County Health Division and Wayne County Health Department announced that two Michigan residents tested presumptive positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the first confirmed cases in the state.

The Calhoun County Public Health Department (CCPHD) is working with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to continue the careful monitoring of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Calhoun County and throughout the United States.

The best way to protect yourself and your family, and to stop the spread of viruses such as the flu, common cold, and COVID-19 include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and wash your hands after disposing of the tissue.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick and contact your healthcare provider.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

People should be diligent about preventing flu since there have been thousands of influenza-like illnesses reported throughout the county. Individuals within the United States are still at a higher risk of getting the flu than COVID-19. If you have not received your flu shot, it is highly encouraged you do so now. The flu vaccine won’t impact whether you get coronavirus, but it will avoid the possibility of being infected with both coronavirus and the flu simultaneously.

Open a discussion with friends and fellow congregation members, business associates, and team members about foregoing handshakes as a greeting. Consider alternative greetings to handshakes such as a polite wave, “elbow bump,” or even a “foot shake.” Right now, there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public in the United States.

 

Below are vetted sources for COVID-19 information:

Michigan Department of Health and Human

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention