CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

SALINE AREA SCHOOLS UPDATE CENTER

Superintendent Graden | Messages

Facebook live events 

March 18th, 2020:  Facebook LIVE 

March 21st, 2020:  Facebook LIVE 

March 24th, 2020: Facebook LIVE

*closed captioning available for all Facebook Live events 

Emails + letters to district families 

March 27th, 2020

Saline Area Schools Community, 

As you are aware, our teaching and administrative staff has been preparing for a more systematic, supplemental and distance learning plan once Spring Break week concludes.

This distance learning plan will provide our students with:

  • a distance learning experience that promotes ongoing learning; 
  • continued engagement with school routines and direct connection with classroom teachers and other providers;  
  • social-emotional support and wellness opportunities 

We know that distance learning will not replace our normal instructional methods and classroom environments, however we are committed to providing high quality and supplemental activities that can be completed at home. We believe our students (and teachers) are well prepared for this new ed-venture in learning. 

We did provide technology pick-up opportunities throughout this week for any family (student) who needed a device or wanted additional devices in order to avoid needing to share with siblings / parents.  Devices can still be provided through SAS after Spring Break. We will communicate more information in the near future about how to obtain a device (s) as we get closer to the conclusion of Spring Break.

I would like to stress that SAS does realize that every family is dealing with this COVID-19 Pandemic in different ways. Thus, we will, first and foremost, be attempting to support your family's social emotional mental wellness needs. If the distance learning plan that is being put in place after Spring Break is overwhelming for your student (family), our teaching (administrative) staff will help make adjustments to better meet your needs.

With Governor Whitmer announcing that schools will remain closed until at least April 13th, we will be ready to go with this plan beginning April 6th. She also indicated it is “very unlikely” that students will return to school to complete the 2019-2020 school year in a recent interview. However, we are still waiting on more specific information as to if/when schools might be able to return to face to face instruction. As soon as we know more, that information will be shared with you.

Additionally, starting the week of April 6th the Saline Area Schools Food Service Department will begin distributing meals to families in need.  More information about days, times, pick-up locations, etc. will be sent out early next week.

Other information: 

  • We have had a number of questions regarding graduation, AP classes and so forth. We have now updated these answers on our FAQ page
  • Kindergarten/Young 5’s Registration Night has been cancelled. The entire process is now on-line, and registration is now open. Visit our SAS Registration Page for more details. 

Please continue to check our SAS COVID-19 Resource Page for updates. Please continue to submit “Lets Talk,” questions and we will respond as soon as possible.

Finally, thank you all for the tremendous support you have provided to each other and the Community during these trying times. We will connect with you again after Spring Break week.

Scot A. Graden

Superintendent, Saline Area Schools

March 23rd, 2020

Saline Community,

Thank you for your continued support as we face this pandemic together.   Your contributions, communication and flexibility have been imperative in our partnership to provide a calm, supportive and enriching experience for our students. 

After today’s announcement from the Governor, I want to send you a new update from Saline Area Schools: 

Governor Whitmer Signs “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order: “The order 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.” In short, this has extended our school closure through April 13th, 2020. 

Saline Area Social Service: SASS continues to be our primary avenue for supporting families in need throughout our community. We continue to post their most timely needs on our Facebook and Twitter accounts - and you can always make a monetary DONATION from the comfort of your couch. 

Saline Area Schools Board of Education Meeting: The regularly scheduled Board of Education Meeting set for Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. has been cancelled. In replacement, we will host our third “Facebook Live” event where viewers can receive an update and have the opportunity to ask questions. This will begin at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday evening, on the SAS Facebook Page

Sustained Distance Learning Plan for SAS Students: We are planning to launch our distance learning plan - a more systematic, supplemental and virtual instructional plan - beginning Monday, April 6th.  =

Our hope is that by providing a distance learning plan, that our students will have access to 

a virtual learning experience that promotes ongoing learning; 

continued engagement with school/classroom routines; 

social-emotional support and wellness opportunities.  

We know that distance learning will not replace our normal instructional methods and classroom environments, however we are committed to providing high quality and enriching activities that can be completed at home and feel our students are well prepared for this new ed-venture in learning. You can expect communication regarding this plan as April 6th approaches.

Technology: Devices can be provided through SAS if needed. If you did not receive information (a survey) from your teacher or building principal and have a need, please contact your building principal at your earliest convenience.

Please continue to check our SAS COVID-19 Resource Page for updates. If you cannot join us on Facebook Live tomorrow, please consider submitting your questions or concerns via “Lets Talk,” and we will respond.

Be Well, 

Scot A. Graden

March 13, 2020

SAS Community,

Thank you for your support during this unprecedented time. We know that this upcoming school closure is going to create a hardship for many of our families. Thus, we are committed to supporting our entire community during this difficult time.

We have created a Coronavirus District Page that contains information that we believe will be helpful.

UPDATE CENTER - SALINE AREA SCHOOLS CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION

On this page, you will find the following:

Superintendent Graden / Messages - A page that lists all the community messages that I have sent  related to the Coronavirus pandemic.

SAS Cancellations - A page that provides up-to-date cancelation notices. This page is being updated on a regular basis.

Optional At-Home Student Resources - A page that links elementary and secondary student learning links. This is a great site to provide academic enrichment activities while students are out of school for these next few weeks. Again, these are optional.

Facts for Families and Resources - A page with more specific information about the Coronavirus, health tips, governor’s message, etc. There is also an FAQ button (Saline Area Schools FAQs / Coronavirus COVID-19) on this page with commonly asked questions. 

In addition, if there is a specific question that is not answered on this page, please feel free to click on the Let’s Talk button at the bottom of the page to send us a question. We will get back to you shortly.

We will continue to provide updates moving forward.

Thank you,

Scot A. Graden

Superintendent, Saline Area Schools

March 12, 2020

Saline Area Schools Community, 

In an abundance of caution, with guidance from the Washtenaw County Health Department, and in alignment with other Washtenaw county school districts, Saline Area Schools will be closed beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020. 

This is an unprecedented emergency school closure and a public health situation that is rapidly evolving.  We will continue to update you as we get more information. In the meantime, we want to provide you with some broader guidance for you to keep in mind.

We intend to resume school on April 6th, 2020. 

We recommend that students take home belongings that they will need for the next three weeks.  

If your student will need medications currently on file at school or medical equipment used in the school setting during the closure, please contact Karan Hervey, District SAS District Nurse at 734-401-4160 or hervekar@salineschools.org so that arrangements can be made for pick up. Certain medications such as controlled substances must be picked up by a parent. Medications and equipment not needed during the closure can remain at school.

At this point, students are not required to remotely complete curriculum (lessons, assessments etc). Online courses remain active and students should continue working.

If you have questions, we encourage you to utilize the Let’s Talk feature on our website.

For information related to the District COVID-19 response and to access resources, please see the District informational page.

In partnership,

Scot A. Graden

Superintendent

March 10, 2020

Hello SAS Community,

In an ongoing effort to keep you informed and as a follow up to our communication last week, we wanted to reach out to provide an update regarding the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation based on the information we have today. We continue to work closely with the Washtenaw County Public Health Department and will continue to follow their guidance and recommendation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that schools play an important role in promoting public health and preventing the spread of disease in the local and greater community. 

What we know now:

As of today, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Washtenaw County or in the state of Michigan. There are individuals across the state and our community who are being tested for the virus but to date, all testing has been negative.

According to the CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website, the state of Michigan remains at the lowest Risk Assessment Level at this time. We will continue to monitor the evolving situation daily for increased risks to our local community.

The local health department continues to work closely with state and federal health entities to stay informed regarding COVID-19 in an effort to provide the most current guidance to our local communities.

The CDC continues to recommend preventive actions as the best strategy to help reduce the risk of getting sick and spreading illness. These actions include:

Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

Staying home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

Covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and discarding the tissue in the trash.

Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water when hands are visibly dirty.

Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and objects
(e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles).

Current efforts in place at Saline Area Schools:

We have increased cleaning efforts within the district as recommended by the CDC, this includes increased cleaning of community (frequently touched) surfaces.

We are encouraging all students and staff who are ill to stay home. Guidelines for illness are linked below.

We have increased surveillance of students in the school setting who are exhibiting signs of illness and tracking illness levels within our schools as recommended by the local health department.

We are encouraging students and staff throughout the district to increase handwashing efforts in an attempt to decrease the spread of illness. 

We are monitoring travel advisories and local COVID-19 activity levels in areas of student trips scheduled for within and outside of the US and preparing for the cancellation of school trips if necessary.

We are actively preparing for the possibility of any school closures or disruption to our normal school schedule if advised by the Washtenaw County Health Department. 

The safety, health, and well-being of our students, staff and school community will, as always, continue to be our priority. We will continue monitoring the development of COVID-19 and plan accordingly in partnership with local, state, and federal health and government officials.

Further, it is very important for all of us to speak up against racism as it relates to the Coronavirus.  Learn more about this by reading the entire article from Teaching Tolerance, “Speaking Up Against Racism Around the New Coronavirus”.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Karan Hervey, SAS District Nurse, 734-401-4160 or hervekar@salineschools.org.

In partnership,

Scot A. Graden

Superintendent

March 2, 2020

SAS Community:

We would like to take this opportunity to reach out with regard to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Saline Area Schools is in close communication with the Washtenaw County Health Department and will continue to follow their guidance and recommendations regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. 

We want to remind our school community that the best ways to prevent the spread of Coronavirus are the same as preventing the cold and flu, and include:=

Frequently washing your hands with soap and water.

Covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough.

Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

Staying home when you are sick.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend the use of facemasks for the general public.

The safety, health, and well-being of our students, staff and school community will, as always, continue to be our priority. We will continue monitoring the development of COVID-19 and plan accordingly in partnership with local, state, and federal health and government officials.

We have attached a fact sheet from the Washtenaw County Health Department with additional information. If you would like to learn more about Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit www.michigan.gov/coronavirus or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

Further, it is very important for all of us to speak up against racism as it relates to the Coronavirus.  Learn more about this by reading the entire article from Teaching Tolerance, “Speaking Up Against Racism Around the New Coronavirus”.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Karan Hervey, SAS District Nurse, 734-401-4160 or hervekar@salineschools.org.

 

Sincerely,

Scot A. Graden

Superintendent

SAS DISTANCE LEARNING PLAN

SAS Exceptional Learners

SAS Cancellations

All events related to Saline Area Schools and within the SAS facilities between March 13th and April 6th, 2020 have been cancelled. Individual events that are schedule after April 6th that have been cancelled are listed below. 

District-Wide

3/23/2020: Thriving Minds Anxiety Workshop @ Liberty

3/24/2020: SAS Board of Education Meeting @ Liberty 

Saline High School

IMMEDIATELY: All MHSAA Winter Tournaments Suspended

4/15/2020: College Fair

4/16/2020: Senior Grammy Night

4/23/2020: Career Quest to Hudson 

5/15/2020: SHS Science Olympiad North Carolina State University

2020/2021 German Exchange Trips (both) 

Saline Alternative High School 

Until Further Notice: Saturday School 

Saline Middle School

3/19/2020: SMS Coffee and Conversation

4/21/20: 8th Grade Washington DC Trip 

5/21/20: 7th Grade Cedar Point Trip 

5/28/2020: 6th Grade Toronto Trip 

6/2/2020: TedX Program 

Heritage School 

4/13/2020: 5th Grade Camp

Harvest Elementary 

3/19/2020:  Harvest Pancake & PJ Event

3/16/2020: Harvest Parent Circle: How To Talk About Race

 

SOCIAL + EMOTIONAL HEALTH RESOURCES

CONCERN OR QUESTION?

Student and staff safety is our top priority at Saline Area Schools. If you have a question, concern or comment about any health or safety issue, please let us know. 

LET'S TALK!