Dear SVSD families,
Many of you have been asking why we don’t simply bring all of our students back to school. We all know kids learn better when they are in school, and given the headaches caused by remote and hybrid learning, why not just return to the way things were before?
Simply put, we cannot. As a public school district, we have to follow the MI Safe Schools Return to Learn Roadmap that was published on June 30, 2020.
This document lists the required, strongly recommended, and recommended protocols that should be put in place in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our region is currently in Phase 4 and the Swan Valley School District is adhering to the four components of the Roadmap which include Instruction, Mental & Social Emotional Well Being, Safety, and Operations. The last two components prevent us from having all students return, especially at the secondary level due to the fact that students are not in a “self-contained environment.” This makes social distancing and contact tracing, in the event of a positive COVID-19 case, challenging with increased numbers in the building.
At the same time, we are aware that the remote learning environment has proved rather difficult for some students and/or families. Each building is addressing this on an individual and ongoing basis. Families are encouraged to contact their building principal if they have questions or need further clarification.
We are in this together and appreciate you working with us.