Letter to Parents: April 15, 2021

Parents —

As we continue to progress toward the final stretch of the school year, we thought it would be appropriate to re-affirm our commitment to in-person instruction. To be clear, our schools will remain open for in-person instruction until we have local data to compel us to return students to remote learning. As we have stated in the past, we evaluate the status of in-person instruction daily. It is important for you to understand that we are fully prepared to transition to remote learning if it becomes necessary.  

As you know, COVID-19 cases have continued to rise across our state and region in recent weeks. This surge in cases has taken its toll on our student body in the form of increased numbers of quarantines. We recognize the tremendous burden they create for students, staff and parents. While these quarantines are difficult on everyone, they provide an extra layer of safety for students and staff as we attempt to inhibit the transmission of the virus. To this point, we do not have data to suggest our schools have been responsible for a community spread of the virus. This is the most important factor when making a determination about the status of in-person instruction, and something we monitor every day. Beyond that, we make a daily assessment of the staffing needs of our schools and our ability to meet them. We are stretched incredibly thin, but our employees have consistently gone over and above the call of duty to keep our doors open.

It bears repeating: This is not a time to overreact, but to respond appropriately with a re-doubling of effort to keep our schools safe and open for in-person learning. We cannot be committed to in-person instruction without a commitment to health and safety. Please continue to encourage students to wear masks, especially while indoors, and discourage students from gathering in large groups, unmasked, after school. Also, we ask that you continue to monitor students for symptoms of COVID-19 and do not, under any circumstances, send students who are showing symptoms to school. 

Please know that we are trying our best every day to do what is right by our students. Thank you for your continued support and patience. 

Regards, 

Matt Wandrie – LCS Superintendent 

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11 thoughts on “Letter to Parents: April 15, 2021

  1. I am just one parent who disagrees with the way Lapeer students have been treated for over a year in the name of this virus. Do you really care about their physical health when their mental health is being destroyed and while sacrificing their education? Mandating Bus drivers wear masks while driving and possibly endangering young passengers?! Has it even been proven safe to drive with a mask?? I remember coming to pick up my son for an ortho appt just prior to all the LOCKDOWNS and looking at how many kids signed out because they were sick. YES, kids get sick…..it’s normal but no one shut down out tax payer funded schools back then…

  2. These kids just want to be on school. If all parents would just do what is asked of them, then our children will be alright. Come on people, just do what is right.

  3. Maybe make sure kids are doing what they are suppose to be doing and Lapeer Schools would not have to send out a text everyday of several cases at the schools.
    I was stopped at a light two days ago and I counted 8 kids standing up at different times, climbing all over each other and no masks. One adult can’t drive and make sure everyone has a mask on or is 6 feet apart. This was high school aged kids that should be able to follow the rules.

  4. The amount of spring sport participants that are wearing their masks on their chin, or not wearing them at all is mindboggling! Yes, they are outside… doesn’t really help when they are shoulder to shoulder with each other. They aren’t the only problem. Many students aren’t taking this seriously and are gathering. Gathering together isn’t a problem, as long as all are wearing their masks… they are not. I want our kids to be able to stay in school and appreciate LCS efforts to keep face to face and not go back to virtual. Our kids aren’t getting Covid from the classroom. They are getting it outside of school.

  5. This is third time our son has been in with contact of another student who has tested positive for Covid-19 . Yes we all have too do what the school says and state government says, but either it’s the child or the parent or both that not following instructions that concerns me. I believe the school is not at fault it’s our house hold is the issue. Please family’s follow the rules.

  6. How are our children actually getting a good eduication with so many absent? My whole household has had to quarentine twice now due to two of my children getting Covid from the schools. Both of them got exposed at school and got sick. My other daughter has been quarentined 5 times now. She has not got sick from being exposed so this horrible cycle can start all over again for her and the rest of us whom have not got sick. Everyday my daughter tells me how many students were in her classes. 10-12 students TOTAL in every class of hers in the High School. I talked to the principle at Zemmer last week because my daughter is quarentined from being exposed from school and (now ill) to him telling me that half the school is out right now. How can teachers even teach classes with half the students in

    or give any tests? The kids that are home in quarentine have to do google classroom and do assignments. How can they do assignments that they haven’t even been taught the lesson yet because they are back in quarantine again? Students get further behind because they cannot hear or see the teacher to explain the lesson. They just get assignments and have to figure it out with no help or wait until they can get back to school to hopefully get caught up in multiple classes. Every day multiple letters keep getting added to the schools webpage of Covid exposures with more students ill or quarenrined. I checked the Michigan.gov coronavirus webpage and clicked on the school outbreak reporting page and we are over 200 positive school cases just in Lapeer and that does not include students who have to quarentine because of these students. I would say we have a problem in the schools. I am also disappointed with our district in not having a plan in place after spring break. Let’s be real, a vast majority went on vacation. Instead of hulting in person learning for 2 weeks after spring break we now have an outbreak in multiple schools because we didn’t take charge first and have a plan. This has now left many families and students struggling and frustrated when hearing this isn’t going to be addressed. Our schools need to shut down and get this under control. Receiving daily notifications that keeps growing with more names added to the quarentine list isn’t a solution.

  7. How are our children actually getting a good eduication with so many absent? My whole household has had to quarentine twice now due to two of my children getting Covid from the schools. Both of them got exposed at school and got sick. My other daughter has been quarentined 5 times now. She has not got sick from being exposed so this horrible cycle can start all over again for her and the rest of us whom have not got sick. Everyday my daughter tells me how many students were in her classes. 10-12 students TOTAL in every class of hers in the High School. I talked to the principle at Zemmer last week because my daughter is quarentined from being exposed from school and (now ill) to him telling me that half the school is out right now. How can teachers even teach classes with half the students in

    or give any tests? The kids that are home in quarentine have to do google classroom and do assignments. How can they do assignments that they haven’t even been taught the lesson yet because they are back in quarantine again? Students get further behind because they cannot hear or see the teacher to explain the lesson. They just get assignments and have to figure it out with no help or wait until they can get back to school to hopefully get caught up in multiple classes. Every day multiple letters keep getting added to the schools webpage of Covid exposures with more students ill or quarenrined. I checked the Michigan.gov coronavirus webpage and clicked on the school outbreak reporting page and we are over 200 positive school cases just in Lapeer and that does not include students who have to quarentine because of these students. I would say we have a problem in the schools. I am also disappointed with our district in not having a plan in place after spring break. Let’s be real, a vast majority went on vacation. Instead of hulting in person learning for 2 weeks after spring break we now have an outbreak in multiple schools because we didn’t take charge first and have a plan. This has left many families and students struggling and frustrated when hearing this isn’t going to be addressed. Our schools need to shut down and get this under control. Receiving daily notifications that keeps growing with more names added to the quarentine list isn’t a solution.

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