Update from the Superintendent, 3/27/2020

Posted by Terry Ann Whelan on 3/27/2020 6:55:00 PM

As you know, on March 23rd, Governor Whitmer issued an Executive Order closing all non-essential businesses and services from March 24th through Monday April 13th. As of now, those are the only dates that we know for sure. There has been speculation that the April 14th date as a reopening date for businesses and schools could be extended. Today, Governor Whitmer told WWJ Newsradio in Detroit, "It's probably very unlikely that they are going to get back in school before the end of the year." I just want to remind everyone that her statement was not an official declaration of an extended closing, but instead was a statement about what her thoughts are at this time. As soon as there is an official order, I will share that information with you.

Every day since March 16th, we have increased our food production for our families. We started serving just over 200 kids on day one and yesterday we served over 700 students. We will continue to provide breakfast and lunch for our kids for at least the next two weeks. Yesterday, we had the opportunity to provide additional food for all of our families through the generous donation of the Agape Center Ministry, which gave the school district $1,000 to purchase additional food. In addition to our breakfast and lunches yesterday, there were over 100 additional bags of groceries distributed containing food valued at over $850.

Yesterday a "prank website" appeared, that looked like the WOOD-TV 8 website, claiming that all Branch County Schools were closed for the rest of the year. Please be aware that during this time of crisis that there may be many attempts by individuals to scam people. Please remember that you will be notified by the school district when any new information is available.

Thank you to our teachers, our staff, our students, and our families. We will get through this together because we are a community that cares for one another. Parents, please continue to encourage your children to stay engaged in their learning during this time. We appreciate all that you are during to support them in their education.

Stay Home, Stay Safe.