Greetings Eaton Community,
I know you’re all anxiously awaiting our decision regarding how we will start the beginning of the school year. Last night, we had a special board in which we decided our plans for the fall.
One of the first school districts in the country to reopen its doors during the coronavirus pandemic did not even make it a day without complications. Just hours into the first day of classes and they received a call from the county health department regarding a student who had walked the halls and sat in various classrooms had tested positive for the coronavirus. Local schools here right in the Detroit area opened for in person instruction during summer school and within days two students tested positive for the virus.
We cannot and will not take this chance with our students lives. Eaton students are not Guinea pigs. Our number one priority has always been the health and safety of our students and staff, and that won’t change during a worldwide pandemic.
After much reflection, research and analysis of the data and parent survey results, Eaton has decided to temporarily start the school year off with an enhanced all remote model of instruction.
We will offer devices to all of our families that need them, including additional devices to larger families. We will also assist families with internet access if they do not have it currently. Additionally, we will provide packet pickups and other hard copy resources when needed. Our remote learning will involve daily face-to-face instruction to students via Zoom or Microsoft Teams, with parent support through training sessions at the school and an online library of help videos. We will provide options to pick up breakfast and lunch for students from the school, bi-weekly phone call check-in from our staff, teachers office hours to support parents in aiding their scholars, additional Student Support Sessions and technology to students in need as best as we can.
We will continue to monitor the CDC’s recommendations, be in communication with our local health department, and closely monitor the data around schools that decide to open for in person instruction to gain better insight into the health trends. We will use this knowledge to better formulate the best possible plan for reopening. As soon as it has proved safe to open our doors for in-person instruction, we will.
While we can always makeup for the loss of instruction time, we cannot gamble with our staff and students lives, so we hope that you can remain flexible with us as we try to navigate through this unprecedented time as best as we can.
More information will be forthcoming. Thank you!