COVID-19 Information/Reporting

Cases

Per MDHHS Emergency Order issued on 10/6/20, the District hereby provides Public Notice to the School Community of the new and cumulative counts of School Associated Case(s) of COVID-19, including the date on which the School was notified of the new School Associated Case(s) by the local health department.

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Cumulative Count of cases

Counts reflect reported cases up through 3/22/21

Cumulative Count of cases reported to the District by the Health Department since 10/12/20

Location Cumulative Cases
Sunrise Academy 0
Elk Rapids High School 19
Cherryland Middle School 10
Lakeland Elementary 14
Mill Creek Elementary 3
Total 46

 

Cases by date reported

Location Date District Notified Count of Cases Reported Communication
Cherryland Middle School 10/29/2020 1 Google DocLink to Letter
Mill Creek Elementary 11/6/2020 1 Google DocLink to Letter
Lakeland Elementary 11/8/2020 1 Google DocLink to Letter
Mill Creek Elementary 11/9/2020 1 Google DocLink to Letter
Cherryland Middle School 11/16/2020 3 Google DocLink to Letter
Elk Rapids High School 11/16/2020 3

Google DocLink to Letter

Elk Rapids High School 11/18/2020 3 Google DocLink to Letter
Cherryland Middle School 11/19/2020 1 Google DocLink to Letter
Elk Rapids High School 11/19/2020 1 Google DocLink to Letter
Elk Rapids High School 11/23/2020 2 Google DocLink to Letter
Cherryland Middle School 11/23/2020 1 Google DocLink to Letter
Lakeland Elementary 11/30/2020 2 Google DocLink to Letter
Cherryland Middle School 11/30/2020 2 Google DocLink to Letter
Elk Rapids High School 11/30/2020 1 Google DocLink to Letter
Elk Rapids High School 12/6/2020 1 Google DocLink to Letter
Lakeland Elementary 12/23/2020 2 Google DocLink to Letter
Lakeland Elementary 12/23/2020 1 Google DocLink to Letter
Mill Creek Elementary 1/7/21 1 Google DocLink to Letter
Elk Rapids High School 1/22/21 1 Google DocLink to Letter
Elk Rapids High School 1/25/21 2 Google DocLink to Letter
Lakeland Elementary 2/6/21 2 Google DocLink to Letter
Elk Rapids High School 2/8/21 2 Google DocLink to Letter
Lakeland Elementary 2/9/21 1 Google DocLink to Letter
Lakeland Elementary 2/11/21 1 Google DocLink to Letter
Lakeland Elementary 2/12/21 2 Google DocLink to Letter
Elk Rapids High School 2/13/21 1 Google DocLink to Letter
Cherryland Middle School 2/13/21 1 Google DocLink to Letter
Elk Rapids High School 2/14/21 1 Google DocLink to Letter
Lakeland Elementary School 3/18/21 2 Google DocLink to Letter
Cherryland Middle School 3/18/21 1 Google DocLink to Letter
Elk Rapids High School 3/22/21 1 Google DocLink To Letter

Pandemic Learning Monthly 75%

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Student Exception Announcement

Mill Creek Elementary

Lakeland Elementary

Cherryland Middle School

Elk Rapids High School

Sunrise Academy


Dear Families, Staff and Community Members; 

 

I am writing to inform you that an individual at Elk Rapids High School has been identified as positive for COVID-19. The local health department informed us of this case on Monday, March 22, 2021. Close contacts of the positive case have been notified. Deep cleaning and disinfecting of the school property continues, and the health department does not recommend that the school take further action at this time. 

 

Students, parents, staff and community members are reminded of the importance of following safety protocols to help the school community slow the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to be vigilant by limiting social gatherings, frequently washing hands, and wearing a mask while in public places. As always, we encourage everyone to continue to monitor for symptoms such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose. Stay home if you feel sick, and get tested if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

 

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have questions about this matter. We have included contact information to local health departments and encourage you to call them any time with your questions or concerns about COVID-19.

 

Grand Traverse County Health Department, Traverse City: 231-995-6111

District Health Department #10, Kalkaska Office: 231-258-8669

Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Bellaire Office: 231-533-8670

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)

COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 or visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.

 

Communication about this case has been posted to the ERS COVID-19 web page, as required by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). More information about COVID-19 Close Contact & Quarantine Information and FAQs is provided here.

 

We will continue to work to keep our school community safe and keep you informed every step of the way.

 

Sincerely,

 

Julie A. Brown

Superintendent

Dear Families, Staff and Community Members; 

 

I am writing to inform you that two individuals at Lakeland Elementary and one individual at Cherryland Middle Schools have been identified as positive for COVID-19. The local health department informed us of these cases on Thursday, March 18, 2021. Close contacts of the positive cases have been notified. Deep cleaning and disinfecting of the school property continues, and the health department does not recommend that the school take further action at this time. 

 

Students, parents, staff and community members are reminded of the importance of following safety protocols to help the school community slow the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to be vigilant by limiting social gatherings, frequently washing hands, and wearing a mask while in public places. As always, we encourage everyone to continue to monitor for symptoms such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose. Stay home if you feel sick, and get tested if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

 

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have questions about this matter. We have included contact information to local health departments and encourage you to call them any time with your questions or concerns about COVID-19.

 

Grand Traverse County Health Department, Traverse City: 231-995-6111

District Health Department #10, Kalkaska Office: 231-258-8669

Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Bellaire Office: 231-533-8670

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)

COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 or visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.

 

Communication about these cases have been posted to the ERS COVID-19 web page, as required by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). More information about COVID-19 Close Contact & Quarantine Information and FAQs is provided here.

 

We will continue to work to keep our school community safe and keep you informed every step of the way.

 

Sincerely,

Julie A. Brown

Superintendent


Dear Families, Staff and Community Members; 

 

I am writing to inform you that an individual at Elk Rapids High School has tested positive for COVID-19. The local health department informed us of these cases on Sunday, February 14, 2021. We are working closely with the health department to identify close contacts of this school-associated case. Anyone identified as a close contact has been notified as a part of the investigation process. Deep cleaning and disinfecting of the school property continues, and the health department does not recommend that the school take further action at this time. If you have not been contacted, that means you have not been in close contact with the persons who have tested positive.

 

Students, parents, staff and community members are reminded of the importance of following safety protocols to help the school community slow the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to be vigilant by limiting social gatherings, frequently washing hands, and wearing a mask while in public places. As always, we encourage everyone to continue to monitor for symptoms such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose. Stay home if you feel sick, and get tested if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

 

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have questions about this matter. We have included contact information to local health departments and encourage you to call them any time with your questions or concerns about COVID-19.

 

Grand Traverse County Health Department, Traverse City: 231-995-6111

District Health Department #10, Kalkaska Office: 231-258-8669

Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Bellaire Office: 231-533-8670

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)

COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 or visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.

 

Communication about this case has been posted to the ERS COVID-19 web page, as required by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). More information about COVID-19 Close Contact & Quarantine Information and FAQs is provided here.

 

We will continue to work to keep our school community safe and keep you informed every step of the way.

 

Sincerely,

 

Julie A. Brown

Superintendent

February 13, 2021 

Dear Families, Staff and Community Members; 

 

I am writing to inform you that one individual at Elk Rapids High School and one individual at Cherryland Middle School who have been confirmed COVID-19 cases. The local health department informed us of these cases on Saturday, February 13, 2021. We are working closely with the health department to identify close contacts of this school-associated case. Anyone identified as a close contact will be notified as a part of the investigation process. Deep cleaning and disinfecting of the school property continues, and the health department does not recommend that the school take further action at this time. If you have not been contacted, that means you have not been in close contact with the persons who have tested positive.

 

With the “pause” in face-to-face learning at Cherryland Middle School and Lakeland Elementary, it is important for us to remember the protocols we ask families to follow:

 

self-screen for health and keep students home if the student has a fever, dry cough, or has trouble breathing.

keep students home if two of any of the following symptoms are present:

muscle aches without another explanation

chills

sore throat

headache

vomiting or diarrhea

loss of taste or smell

students should not return to school until:

at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND

at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication AND

Symptoms have improved

 

Students, parents, staff and community members are reminded of the importance of following safety protocols to help the school community slow the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to be vigilant by limiting social gatherings, frequently washing hands, and wearing a mask while in public places. As always, we encourage everyone to continue to monitor for symptoms such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose. Stay home if you feel sick, and get tested if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

 

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have questions about this matter. We have included contact information to local health departments and encourage you to call them any time with your questions or concerns about COVID-19.

 

Grand Traverse County Health Department, Traverse City: 231-995-6111

District Health Department #10, Kalkaska Office: 231-258-8669

Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Bellaire Office: 231-533-8670

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)

COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 or visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.

 

Communication about these cases have been posted to the ERS COVID-19 web page, as required by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). More information about COVID-19 Close Contact & Quarantine Information and FAQs is provided here.

 

We will continue to work to keep our school community safe and keep you informed every step of the way.

 

Sincerely,

 

Julie A. Brown

 

Superintendent

Dear Families, Staff and Community Members; 

 

I am writing to inform you that two individuals at Lakeland Elementary have tested positive for COVID-19. The local health department informed us of these cases on Friday, February 12, 2021. We are working closely with the health department to identify close contacts of this school-associated case. Anyone identified as a close contact will be notified as a part of the investigation process. Deep cleaning and disinfecting of the school property continues, and the health department does not recommend that the school take further action at this time. If you have not been contacted, that means you have not been in close contact with the persons who have tested positive.

 

Unfortunately, the number of quarantined classrooms and individuals includes several teachers, paraprofessional and substitute teachers. Due to the inability to staff classrooms and the need to maximize safety for all, Lakeland Elementary will move to remote from Monday, February 15 - Thursday, February 18. Friday, February 19th will remain as an asynchronous day of remote learning. Pre-school and Kids Club are cancelled. Extracurricular activities are also suspended and will resume on Monday, February 22nd. Further information for families will be provided by Lakeland Elementary principal, Bryan McKenna.

 

As a result of the Lakeland Elementary positive cases, staff and students at Cherryland Middle School have been deemed close contacts and must quarantine. These new quarantine staff added to the staff currently on quarantine leaves the district unable to staff classrooms next week and believe “pausing” in-person learning is necessary for safety and to adequately disinfect our classrooms and buildings. It is with much regret that the district will move Cherryland Middle School to remote learning from Monday, February 15 - Thursday, February 18. Friday, February 19th will remain as an asynchronous day of remote learning.  Extracurricular activities are also suspended and will resume on Monday, February 22nd. Cherryland Middle School principal, Josh Haggerty, will be providing more information.

 

Students, parents, staff and community members are reminded of the importance of following safety protocols to help the school community slow the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to be vigilant by limiting social gatherings, frequently washing hands, and wearing a mask while in public places. As always, we encourage everyone to continue to monitor for symptoms such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose. Stay home if you feel sick, and get tested if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

 

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have questions about this matter. We have included contact information to local health departments and encourage you to call them any time with your questions or concerns about COVID-19.

 

Grand Traverse County Health Department, Traverse City: 231-995-6111

District Health Department #10, Kalkaska Office: 231-258-8669

Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Bellaire Office: 231-533-8670

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)

COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 or visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.

 

Communication about these cases have been posted to the ERS COVID-19 web page, as required by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). More information about COVID-19 Close Contact & Quarantine Information and FAQs is provided here.

 

We will continue to work to keep our school community safe and keep you informed every step of the way.

 

Sincerely,

Julie A. Brown

Superintendent

Dear Families, Staff and Community Members; 

 

I am writing to inform you that one individual who worked at Lakeland Elementary this week has tested positive for COVID-19. The local health department informed us of this case on Thursday, February 11, 2021. Anyone identified as a close contact has been notified. Deep cleaning and disinfecting of the school property continues, and the health department does not recommend that the school take further action at this time. If you have not been contacted, that means you have not been in close contact with the persons who have tested positive.

 

Students, parents, staff and community members are reminded of the importance of following safety protocols to help the school community slow the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to be vigilant by limiting social gatherings, frequently washing hands, and wearing a mask while in public places. As always, we encourage everyone to continue to monitor for symptoms such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose. Stay home if you feel sick, and get tested if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

 

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have questions about this matter. We have included contact information to local health departments and encourage you to call them any time with your questions or concerns about COVID-19.

 

Grand Traverse County Health Department, Traverse City: 231-995-6111

District Health Department #10, Kalkaska Office: 231-258-8669

Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Bellaire Office: 231-533-8670

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)

COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 or visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.

 

Communication about this case has been posted to the Elk Rapids Schools’ COVID-19 web page, as required by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). More about COVID-19 Close Contact & Quarantine Information and FAQs are provided here.

 

We will continue to work to keep our school community safe and keep you informed every step of the way.

 

Sincerely,

 

Julie A. Brown

 

Superintendent

Dear Families, Staff and Community Members; 

 

I am writing to inform you that one individual at Lakeland Elementary has tested positive for COVID-19. The local health department informed us of these cases late on Tuesday, February 9, 2021. We are working closely with the health department to identify close contacts of this school-associated case. Anyone identified as a close contact will be notified as a part of the investigation process. Deep cleaning and disinfecting of the school property continues, and the health department does not recommend that the school take further action at this time. If you have not been contacted, that means you have not been in close contact with the persons who have tested positive.

 

Unfortunately, the number of quarantined classrooms and individuals includes several teachers, paraprofessional and substitute teachers. Due to the inability to staff classrooms and the need to maximize safety for all, Lakeland Elementary will move to remote learning for the remainder of the week with in-person classes resuming on Monday, February 15, 2021. Information for families will be provided by Lakeland Elementary principal, Bryan McKenna.

 

Students, parents, staff and community members are reminded of the importance of following safety protocols to help the school community slow the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to be vigilant by limiting social gatherings, frequently washing hands, and wearing a mask while in public places. As always, we encourage everyone to continue to monitor for symptoms such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose. Stay home if you feel sick, and get tested if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

 

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have questions about this matter. We have included contact information to local health departments and encourage you to call them any time with your questions or concerns about COVID-19.

 

Grand Traverse County Health Department, Traverse City: 231-995-6111

District Health Department #10, Kalkaska Office: 231-258-8669

Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Bellaire Office: 231-533-8670

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)

COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 or visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.

 

Communication about this case has been posted to the Elk Rapids Schools’ COVID-19 web page, as required by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). More about COVID-19 Close Contact & Quarantine Information and FAQs are provided here.

 

We will continue to work to keep our school community safe and keep you informed every step of the way.

 

Sincerely,

 

Julie A. Brown

Superintendent

Dear Families, Staff and Community Members; 

 

I am writing to inform you that two individuals at Elk Rapids High School have tested positive for COVID-19. The local health department informed us of these cases on Monday, February 8, 2021. We are working closely with the health department to identify close contacts of this school-associated case. Anyone identified as a close contact will be notified as a part of the investigation process. Deep cleaning and disinfecting of the school property continues, and the health department does not recommend that the school take further action at this time. If you have not been contacted, that means you have not been in close contact with the persons who have tested positive.

 

Students, parents, staff and community members are reminded of the importance of following safety protocols to help the school community slow the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to be vigilant by limiting social gatherings, frequently washing hands, and wearing a mask while in public places. As always, we encourage everyone to continue to monitor for symptoms such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose. Stay home if you feel sick, and get tested if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

 

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have questions about this matter. We have included contact information to local health departments and encourage you to call them any time with your questions or concerns about COVID-19.

 

Grand Traverse County Health Department, Traverse City: 231-995-6111

District Health Department #10, Kalkaska Office: 231-258-8669

Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Bellaire Office: 231-533-8670

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)

COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 or visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.

 

Communication about this case has been posted to the Elk Rapids Schools’ COVID-19 web page, as required by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). More about COVID-19 Close Contact & Quarantine Information and FAQs are provided here.

 

We will continue to work to keep our school community safe and keep you informed every step of the way.

 

Sincerely,

Julie A. Brown

Superintendent

Dear Families, Staff and Community Members; 

 

I am writing to inform you that two individuals at Lakeland Elementary have tested positive for COVID-19. The local health department informed us of these cases on Saturday, February 6, 2021. We are working closely with the health department to identify close contacts of this school-associated case. Anyone identified as a close contact will be notified as a part of the investigation process. Deep cleaning and disinfecting of the school property continues, and the health department does not recommend that the school take further action at this time. If you have not been contacted, that means you have not been in close contact with the persons who have tested positive.

 

Students, parents, staff and community members are reminded of the importance of following safety protocols to help the school community slow the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to be vigilant by limiting social gatherings, frequently washing hands, and wearing a mask while in public places. As always, we encourage everyone to continue to monitor for symptoms such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose. Stay home if you feel sick, and get tested if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

 

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have questions about this matter. We have included contact information to local health departments and encourage you to call them any time with your questions or concerns about COVID-19.

 

Grand Traverse County Health Department, Traverse City: 231-995-6111

District Health Department #10, Kalkaska Office: 231-258-8669

Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Bellaire Office: 231-533-8670

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)

COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 or visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.

 

Communication about this case has been posted to the Elk Rapids Schools’ COVID-19 web page, as required by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). More about COVID-19 Close Contact & Quarantine Information and FAQs are provided here.

 

We will continue to work to keep our school community safe and keep you informed every step of the way.

 

Sincerely,

 

Julie A. Brown

 

Julie A. Brown

Superintendent

Dear Families, Staff and Community Members; 

 

Today, the health department informed Elk Rapids Schools that two individuals at Elk Rapids High School have tested positive for COVID-19. As a part of the investigation process, anyone identified as a close contact has been notified. Deep cleaning and disinfecting of the school property continues, and the health department does not recommend that the school take further action at this time. If you have not been contacted, that means you have not been in close contact with the person who is presumed positive.

 

Students, parents, staff and community members are reminded of the importance of following safety protocols to help the school community slow the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to be vigilant by limiting social gatherings, frequently washing hands, and wearing a mask while in public places. As always, we encourage everyone to continue to monitor for symptoms such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose. Stay home if you feel sick, and get tested if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

 

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have questions about this matter. We have included contact information to local health departments and encourage you to call them any time with your questions or concerns about COVID-19.

 

Grand Traverse County Health Department, Traverse City: 231-995-6111

District Health Department #10, Kalkaska Office: 231-258-8669

Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Bellaire Office: 231-533-8670

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)

COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 or visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.

 

Communication about this case has been posted to the Elk Rapids Schools’ COVID-19 web page, as required by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). More about COVID-19 Close Contact & Quarantine Information and FAQs are provided here.

 

We will continue to work to keep our school community safe and keep you informed every step of the way.

 

Sincerely,

Julie A. Brown

Superintendent

Google DocLink to Letter

Dear Families, Staff and Community Members; 

 

Today, the health department informed Elk Rapids Schools that an individual at Elk Rapids High School has tested positive for COVID-19. Anyone identified as a close contact will be notified as a part of the investigation process. Deep cleaning and disinfecting of the school property continues, and the health department does not recommend that the school take further action at this time. If you have not been contacted, that means you have not been in close contact with the person who is presumed positive.

 

Students, parents, staff and community members are reminded of the importance of following safety protocols to help the school community slow the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to be vigilant by limiting social gatherings, frequently washing hands, and wearing a mask while in public places. As always, we encourage everyone to continue to monitor for symptoms such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose. Stay home if you feel sick, and get tested if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

 

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have questions about this matter. We have included contact information to local health departments and encourage you to call them any time with your questions or concerns about COVID-19.

 

Grand Traverse County Health Department, Traverse City: 231-995-6111

District Health Department #10, Kalkaska Office: 231-258-8669

Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Bellaire Office: 231-533-8670

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)

COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 or visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.

 

Communication about this case has been posted to the Elk Rapids Schools’ COVID-19 web page, as required by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). More about COVID-19 Close Contact & Quarantine Information and FAQs are provided here.

 

We will continue to work to keep our school community safe and keep you informed every step of the way.

 

Sincerely,

Julie A. Brown

Superintendent

Dear Families, Staff and Community Members; 

 

I am writing to inform you that an individual at Mill Creek Elementary has tested positive for COVID-19. After speaking with the affected individual and investigating the situation, the health department has determined that there were no “close contacts,” within the school community, to the identified individual. 

 

Though we cannot provide specific information about a school community member who tested  positive, rest assured, unless you have been contacted directly by the District or public health department, you/your child were not close contacts (defined as being within 6 feet of the person for at least  15 minutes) of the individual who tested positive.  

 

Our student body and staff continue adhering to safety protocols including mask wearing,  hand washing, and physical distancing to the extent possible.  We are grateful to our families for their continued efforts to keep students home at the first sign of symptoms. These measures, taken in combination, greatly reduce the risk of transmission.  

 

As always, families should contact their primary care physician immediately should their student or  someone in their home begin to show symptoms of Covid-19. We will continue to follow all public health protocols and be vigilant in adhering to all of our health and safety protocols in an effort to continue in-person learning.  

 

Thank you for your ongoing patience and support. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Julie A. Brown

 

Superintendent

Dear Families, Staff and Community Members; 

 

I am writing to inform you that an individual at Lakeland Elementary has tested positive for COVID-19. The local health department informed us of these cases on Wednesday, December 23, 2020. We are working closely with the health department to identify close contacts of this school-associated case. Anyone identified as a close contact will be notified as a part of the investigation process. Deep cleaning and disinfecting of the school property continues, and the health department does not recommend that the school take further action at this time. If you have not been contacted, that means you have not been in close contact with the person who is presumed positive.

 

Students, parents, staff and community members are reminded of the importance of following safety protocols to help the school community slow the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to be vigilant by limiting social gatherings, frequently washing hands, and wearing a mask while in public places. As always, we encourage everyone to continue to monitor for symptoms such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose. Stay home if you feel sick, and get tested if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

 

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have questions about this matter. We have included contact information to local health departments and encourage you to call them any time with your questions or concerns about COVID-19.

 

Grand Traverse County Health Department, Traverse City: 231-995-6111

District Health Department #10, Kalkaska Office: 231-258-8669

Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Bellaire Office: 231-533-8670

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)

COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 or visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.

 

Communication about this case has been posted to the Elk Rapids Schools’ COVID-19 web page, as required by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). More about COVID-19 Close Contact & Quarantine Information and FAQs are provided here.

 

We will continue to work to keep our school community safe and keep you informed every step of the way.

 

Sincerely,

 

Julie A. Brown

Superintendent

Dear Families, Staff and Community Members; 

 

I am writing to inform you that two individuals at Lakeland Elementary have tested positive for COVID-19. The local health department informed us of these cases on Wednesday, December 23, 2020. We are working closely with the health department to identify close contacts of this school-associated case. Anyone identified as a close contact will be notified as a part of the investigation process. Deep cleaning and disinfecting of the school property continues, and the health department does not recommend that the school take further action at this time. If you have not been contacted, that means you have not been in close contact with the person who is presumed positive.

 

Students, parents, staff and community members are reminded of the importance of following safety protocols to help the school community slow the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to be vigilant by limiting social gatherings, frequently washing hands, and wearing a mask while in public places. As always, we encourage everyone to continue to monitor for symptoms such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose. Stay home if you feel sick, and get tested if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

 

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have questions about this matter. We have included contact information to local health departments and encourage you to call them any time with your questions or concerns about COVID-19.

 

Grand Traverse County Health Department, Traverse City: 231-995-6111

District Health Department #10, Kalkaska Office: 231-258-8669

Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Bellaire Office: 231-533-8670

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)

COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 or visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.

 

Communication about this case has been posted to the Elk Rapids Schools’ COVID-19 web page, as required by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). More about COVID-19 Close Contact & Quarantine Information and FAQs are provided here.

 

We will continue to work to keep our school community safe and keep you informed every step of the way.

 

Sincerely,

 

Julie A. Brown

Superintendent

Google DocLink to Letter

Dear Families, Staff and Community Members; 

 

I am writing to inform you that an individual at Elk Rapids High School has tested positive for COVID-19. The local health department informed us of these cases on Monday, December 6, 2020. We are working closely with the health department to identify close contacts of this school-associated case. Anyone identified as a close contact will be notified as a part of the investigation process. Deep cleaning and disinfecting of the school property continues, and the health department does not recommend that the school take further action at this time. If you have not been contacted, that means you have not been in close contact with the person who is presumed positive.

 

Students, parents, staff and community members are reminded of the importance of following safety protocols to help the school community slow the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to be vigilant by limiting social gatherings, frequently washing hands, and wearing a mask while in public places. As always, we encourage everyone to continue to monitor for symptoms such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose. Stay home if you feel sick, and get tested if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

 

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have questions about this matter. We have included contact information to local health departments and encourage you to call them any time with your questions or concerns about COVID-19.

 

Grand Traverse County Health Department, Traverse City: 231-995-6111

District Health Department #10, Kalkaska Office: 231-258-8669

Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Bellaire Office: 231-533-8670

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)

COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 or visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.

 

Communication about this case has been posted to the Elk Rapids Schools’ COVID-19 web page, as required by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). More about COVID-19 Close Contact & Quarantine Information and FAQs are provided here.

 

We will continue to work to keep our school community safe and keep you informed every step of the way.

 

Sincerely,

 

Julie A. Brown

Superintendent

Google DocLink to Letter

Dear Families, Staff and Community Members; 

 

I am writing to inform you that two individuals at Lakeland Elementary, two individuals at Cherryland Middle School, and one individual at the high school have tested positive for COVID-19. The local health department informed us of these cases on Monday, November 30, 2020. We are working closely with the health department to identify close contacts of this school-associated case. Anyone identified as a close contact will be notified as a part of the investigation process. Deep cleaning and disinfecting of the school property continues, and the health department does not recommend that the school take further action at this time. If you have not been contacted, that means you have not been in close contact with the person who is presumed positive.

 

Students, parents, staff and community members are reminded of the importance of following safety protocols to help the school community slow the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to be vigilant by limiting social gatherings, frequently washing hands, and wearing a mask while in public places. As always, we encourage everyone to continue to monitor for symptoms such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose. Stay home if you feel sick, and get tested if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

 

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have questions about this matter. We have included contact information to local health departments and encourage you to call them any time with your questions or concerns about COVID-19.

 

Grand Traverse County Health Department, Traverse City: 231-995-6111

District Health Department #10, Kalkaska Office: 231-258-8669

Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Bellaire Office: 231-533-8670

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)

COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 or visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.

 

Communication about this case has been posted to the Elk Rapids Schools’ COVID-19 web page, as required by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). More about COVID-19 Close Contact & Quarantine Information and FAQs are provided here.

 

We will continue to work to keep our school community safe and keep you informed every step of the way.

 

Sincerely,

 

Julie A. Brown

Superintendent

Google DocLink to Letter

Dear Families, Staff and Community Members; 

 

I am writing to inform you that an individual at Cherryland Middle School has tested positive for COVID-19. The local health department informed us of these cases on Tuesday, November 23, 2020. We are working closely with the health department to identify close contacts of this school-associated case. Anyone identified as a close contact will be notified as a part of the investigation process. Deep cleaning and disinfecting of the school property continues, and the health department does not recommend that the school take further action at this time. If you have not been contacted, that means you have not been in close contact with the person who is presumed positive.

 

Students, parents, staff and community members are reminded of the importance of following safety protocols to help the school community slow the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to be vigilant by limiting social gatherings, frequently washing hands, and wearing a mask while in public places. As always, we encourage everyone to continue to monitor for symptoms such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose. Stay home if you feel sick, and get tested if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

 

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have questions about this matter. We have included contact information to local health departments and encourage you to call them any time with your questions or concerns about COVID-19.

 

Grand Traverse County Health Department, Traverse City: 231-995-6111

District Health Department #10, Kalkaska Office: 231-258-8669

Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Bellaire Office: 231-533-8670

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)

COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 or visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.

 

Communication about this case has been posted to the Elk Rapids Schools’ COVID-19 web page, as required by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). More about COVID-19 Close Contact & Quarantine Information and FAQs are provided here.

 

We will continue to work to keep our school community safe and keep you informed every step of the way.

 

Sincerely,

Julie A. Brown

Superintendent

Google DocLink to Letter

Dear Families, Staff and Community Members; 

 

I am writing to inform you that two individuals at Elk Rapids High School have tested positive for COVID-19. The local health department informed us of these cases on Monday, November 23, 2020. We are working closely with the health department to identify close contacts of this school-associated case. Anyone identified as a close contact will be notified as a part of the investigation process. Deep cleaning and disinfecting of the school property continues, and the health department does not recommend that the school take further action at this time. If you have not been contacted, that means you have not been in close contact with the person who is presumed positive.

 

Students, parents, staff and community members are reminded of the importance of following safety protocols to help the school community slow the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to be vigilant by limiting social gatherings, frequently washing hands, and wearing a mask while in public places. As always, we encourage everyone to continue to monitor for symptoms such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose. Stay home if you feel sick, and get tested if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

 

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have questions about this matter. We have included contact information to local health departments and encourage you to call them any time with your questions or concerns about COVID-19.

 

Grand Traverse County Health Department, Traverse City: 231-995-6111

District Health Department #10, Kalkaska Office: 231-258-8669

Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Bellaire Office: 231-533-8670

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)

COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 or visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.

 

Communication about this case has been posted to the Elk Rapids Schools’ COVID-19 web page, as required by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). More about COVID-19 Close Contact & Quarantine Information and FAQs are provided here.

 

We will continue to work to keep our school community safe and keep you informed every step of the way.

 

Sincerely,

 

Julie A. Brown

Superintendent

Google DocLink to Letter

Dear Families, Staff and Community Members; 

 

I am writing to inform you that an individual at Elk Rapids High School and an individual at Cherryland Middle School have tested positive for COVID-19. The local health department informed us of these cases on Thursday, November 19, 2020. We are working closely with the health department to identify close contacts of this school-associated case. Anyone identified as a close contact will be notified as a part of the investigation process. Deep cleaning and disinfecting of the school property continues, and the health department does not recommend that the school take further action at this time. If you have not been contacted, that means you have not been in close contact with the person who is presumed positive.

 

Students, parents, staff and community members are reminded of the importance of following safety protocols to help the school community slow the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to be vigilant by limiting social gatherings, frequently washing hands, and wearing a mask while in public places. As always, we encourage everyone to continue to monitor for symptoms such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose. Stay home if you feel sick, and get tested if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

 

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have questions about this matter. We have included contact information to local health departments and encourage you to call them any time with your questions or concerns about COVID-19.

 

Grand Traverse County Health Department, Traverse City: 231-995-6111

District Health Department #10, Kalkaska Office: 231-258-8669

Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Bellaire Office: 231-533-8670

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)

COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 or visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.

 

Communication about this case has been posted to the Elk Rapids Schools’ COVID-19 web page, as required by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). More about COVID-19 Close Contact & Quarantine Information and FAQs are provided here.

 

We will continue to work to keep our school community safe and keep you informed every step of the way.

 

Sincerely,

Julie A. Brown

Superintendent

Google DocLink to Letter

November 19, 2020 

 

Dear Families, Staff and Community Members; 

 

I am writing to inform you that three individuals at Elk Rapids High School have tested positive for COVID-19. The local health department informed us of these cases on Wednesday, November18, 2020. We are working closely with the health department to identify close contacts of this school-associated case. Anyone identified as a close contact will be notified as a part of the investigation process. Deep cleaning and disinfecting of the school property continues, and the health department does not recommend that the school take further action at this time. If you have not been contacted, that means you have not been in close contact with the person who is presumed positive.

 

Students, parents, staff and community members are reminded of the importance of following safety protocols to help the school community slow the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to be vigilant by limiting social gatherings, frequently washing hands, and wearing a mask while in public places. As always, we encourage everyone to continue to monitor for symptoms such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose. Stay home if you feel sick, and get tested if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

 

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have questions about this matter. We have included contact information to local health departments and encourage you to call them any time with your questions or concerns about COVID-19.

 

Grand Traverse County Health Department, Traverse City: 231-995-6111

District Health Department #10, Kalkaska Office: 231-258-8669

Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Bellaire Office: 231-533-8670

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)

COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 or visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.

 

Communication about this case has been posted to the Elk Rapids Schools’ COVID-19 web page, as required by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). More about COVID-19 Close Contact & Quarantine Information and FAQs are provided here.

 

We will continue to work to keep our school community safe and keep you informed every step of the way.

 

Sincerely,

 

Julie A. Brown

Superintendent

Google DocLink to Letter

 

Dear Families, Staff and Community Members; 

 

I am writing to inform you that Elk Rapids Schools has been notified that three individuals at Cherryland Middle School and three individuals at Elk Rapids High School are probable positive  COVID-19 cases. While Elk Rapids Schools continues to work closely with health department officials, it is apparent that both the health department and the district are struggling to keep up with active cases and identifying close contacts. As a result of the pending cases and concern for the safety of our staff, students, and the Elk Rapids community, Elk Rapids Schools will hold a virtual emergency Board of Education meeting tonight, Monday, November 16, 2020 at 6:00 PM. The public may attend the virtual meeting by accessing the Emergency Board of Education meeting link. 

 

Working with the local health department, as a result of the high number of probable COVID-19 cases and the number of identified close contacts at the middle school and high school, remote learning will begin for 6th-12th grade students on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.  Per the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) order issued Sunday, classes are scheduled to resume in-person on Wednesday, December 9, 2020.

 

Through guidance from the health department and assessing local case rates, both Lakeland Elementary and Mill Creek Elementary will hold in-person learning on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.  Both elementary schools will begin remote learning on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 and plan to resume in-person classes on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. Families who prefer to keep their children home on Tuesday are asked to contact buildings for information regarding remote learning needs. 

 

Food service will continue during the pause in face-to-face learning. Information regarding food service delivery and pick-up options will be provided soon. 

 

Childcare services for our working parents/guardians will begin on Monday, November 23, 2020.  Families in need of childcare services during this pause of in-person learning must complete the Kids Club COVID-19 Childcare Form by Thursday, November 19, 2020. To properly staff childcare, this is a firm deadline. Please contact the elementary that your child attends with any questions you might have.

 

During this time, Elk Rapids Schools continues to work with our health care officials to not only keep our educational community safe, but to also do our part to support our community, health care officials and hospital staff. This pause of in-person learning is supported with the intent that the next three-weeks will provide all of us time to follow the executive order issued by the MDHHS and flatten the COVID-19 infection curve. Doing our part (masking-up, washing hands, social distancing, limiting social gatherings), we will see students back in our buildings sooner rather than later. 

 

Below are the numbers for local health departments. Please contact the health departments with any COVID-19 -related questions you have. 

 

Grand Traverse County Health Department, Traverse City: 231-995-6111

District Health Department #10, Kalkaska Office: 231-258-8669

Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Bellaire Office: 231-533-8670

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)

COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 or visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.


 

Communication about the probable cases have been posted to the Elk Rapids Schools’ COVID-19 web page, as required by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. More about COVID-19 Close Contact & Quarantine Information and FAQs are provided here.

 

On behalf of Elk Rapids Schools, I want to thank all of you for your support during this pause in face-to-face  learning. Communication between the schools and home are critical for the success of students during remote learning. Please work with teachers, support staff and building administrators to assure the highest level of success possible. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Julie A. Brown

Superintendent

November 9th, 2020 - 4th Case of COVID-19 Reported

Google DocLink to Letter

Dear Families, Staff and Community Members; 

 

I am writing to inform you that an individual at Mill Creek Elementary has tested positive for COVID-19. The local health department informed us of this case on Monday, November 9, 2020. We are working closely with the health department to identify close contacts of this school-associated case. Anyone identified as a close contact will be notified as a part of the investigation process. Deep cleaning and disinfecting of the school property continues, and the health department does not recommend that the school take further action at this time. If you have not been contacted, that means you have not been in close contact with the person who is presumed positive.

 

Students, parents, staff and community members are reminded of the importance of following safety protocols to help the school community slow the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to be vigilant by limiting social gatherings, frequently washing hands, and wearing a mask while in public places. As always, we encourage everyone to continue to monitor for symptoms such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose. Stay home if you feel sick, and get tested if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

 

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have questions about this matter. We have included contact information to local health departments and encourage you to call them any time with your questions or concerns about COVID-19.

 

Grand Traverse County Health Department, Traverse City: 231-995-6111

District Health Department #10, Kalkaska Office: 231-258-8669

Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Bellaire Office: 231-533-8670

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)

COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 or visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.

 

Communication about this case has been posted to the Elk Rapids Schools’ COVID-19 web page, as required by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). More about COVID-19 Close Contact & Quarantine Information and FAQs are provided here.

 

We will continue to work to keep our school community safe and keep you informed every step of the way.

 

Sincerely,

 

Julie A. Brown

Superintendent

November 8, 2020 - 1 case reported

Google DocLink to Letter

Dear Families, Staff and Community Members; 

 

I am writing to inform you that an individual at Lakeland Elementary has tested positive for COVID-19. The local health department informed us of this case on Saturday, November 7, 2020. We are working closely with the health department to identify close contacts of this school-associated case. Anyone identified as a close contact will be notified as a part of the investigation process. Deep cleaning and disinfecting of the school property continues, and the health department does not recommend that the school take further action at this time. If you have not been contacted, that means you have not been in close contact with the person who is presumed positive.

 

Students, parents, staff and community members are reminded of the importance of following safety protocols to help the school community slow the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to be vigilant by limiting social gatherings, frequently washing hands, and wearing a mask while in public places. As always, we encourage everyone to continue to monitor for symptoms such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose. Stay home if you feel sick and get tested if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

 

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have questions about this matter. We have included contact information to local health departments and encourage you to call them any time with your questions or concerns about COVID-19.

 

Grand Traverse County Health Department, Traverse City: 231-995-6111

District Health Department #10, Kalkaska Office: 231-258-8669

Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Bellaire Office: 231-533-8670

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)

COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 or visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.

 

Communication about this case has been posted to the Elk Rapids Schools’ COVID-19 web page, as required by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). More about COVID-19 Close Contact & Quarantine Information and FAQs are provided here.

 

We will continue to work to keep our school community safe and keep you informed every step of the way.

 

Sincerely,

 

Julie A. Brown

Superintendent

November 6, 2020 - 1 case reported

Google DocLink to Letter

Dear Families, Staff and Community Members; 

 

I am writing to inform you that an individual at Mill Creek Elementary has tested positive for COVID 19. The local health department informed us of this case on Friday, November 6, 2020. We are working closely with the health department to identify close contacts of this school-associated case. Anyone identified as a close contact will be notified by health department officials as a part of the investigation process. Deep cleaning and disinfecting of the school property continues, and the health department does not recommend that the school take further action at this time. If you have not been contacted by the health department, that means you have not been in close contact with the person who is presumed positive.

 

Students, parents, staff and community members are reminded of the importance of following safety protocols to help the school community slow the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to be vigilant by limiting social gatherings, frequently washing hands, and wearing a mask while in public places. As always, we encourage everyone to continue to monitor for symptoms such as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose. Stay home if you feel sick and get tested if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

 

Please feel free to contact me directly if you have questions about this matter. We have included contact information to local health departments and encourage you to call them any time with your questions or concerns about COVID-19.

 

Grand Traverse County Health Department, Traverse City: 231-995-6111

District Health Department #10, Kalkaska Office: 231-258-8669

Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Bellaire Office: 231-533-8670

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)

COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 or visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus.

 

Communication about this case has been posted to the Elk Rapids Schools’ COVID-19 web page, as required by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). More about COVID-19 Close Contact & Quarantine Information and FAQs are provided here.

 

We will continue to work to keep our school community safe and keep you informed every step of the way.

 

Sincerely,

Julie A. Brown

Superintendent

October 29, 2020 - 1 case reported

Google DocLink to Letter

Dear Families, Staff and Community Members; 

 

I am writing to inform you that an individual at Cherryland Middle School has tested positive for COVID 19. We were informed today, at approximately 8:30 AM. After speaking with the affected individual and investigating the situation, the health department has determined that there were no “close contacts,” within the school community, to the identified individual. 

 

Though we cannot provide specific information about our school community member who tested  positive, rest assured, unless you have been contacted directly by the District or public health department, you/your child were not close contacts (defined as being within 6 feet of the person for at least  15 minutes) of the individual who tested positive.  

 

Our student body and staff have been adhering to the safety protocols including mask wearing,  hand washing, and physical distancing when possible.  We are grateful to our families for their continued efforts to keep students home at the first sign of symptoms. These measures, taken in combination, greatly reduce the risk of  additional transmission.  

 

As always, families should contact their primary care physician immediately should their student or  someone in their home begin to show symptoms of Covid-19. We will continue to follow all public health protocols and be vigilant in adhering to all of our health and safety protocols in an effort to continue in-person learning.  

 

As this is our first incident of a positive test within our school community, we are committed to continue communicating with and supporting families, staff, and our community. Thank you for your  ongoing support. 

 

Sincerely,

Julie A. Brown

Superintendent

 

July 20, 2020 - District's return to learning plans for the 2020-2021 school year 

Dear Elk Rapids Families and Community,

This letter serves as an update regarding the district’s return to learning plans for the 2020-2021 school year. Thank you for your responses to the surveys that we have sent to you this summer.  The information that you have provided has been very helpful in our planning and preparation. 

In March a district Task Force made up of teachers, administrators, director of technology, custodial/maintenance, transportation, and food service departments was created.  This Task Force has been planning and preparing to provide safe and educationally sound learning options this fall for students and families at all levels. Using guidelines found in the MI Safe Schools: Michigan’s Return to School Roadmap, Executive Orders, and provided by the local health department, the Task Force is developing safety protocols for the return to learning. These safety protocols will provide directions and expectations for students, staff, and families so that the health and well-being remains the highest of priorities.

 

The Task Force goals include:

Guiding processes and procedures that maximize the safety of students and staff by minimizing exposure.

Supporting opportunities that best meet the needs of our families and the communities that make up the Elk Rapids School District.

Presenting a return to learning plan that provides long-term consistency to our staff, families and students.

 

Elk Rapids Schools is committed to providing both face-to-face and fully virtual learning programs at all grade levels. Families will be able to choose the learning program that best meets the needs of their child/children.  Whether we are in Phase 4 or Phase 5, of Michigan’s Return to School Roadmap, we have determined that a hybrid schedule is not a viable option.  We are planning to return this fall in a face-to-face format 5 days per week.  There will be safety protocols for students, staff, and building visitors that will be communicated within the next few weeks.  In addition, for those families that choose not to have their child/children return to a face-to-face format, we will be offering comprehensive online learning programs from state approved vendors and administered by Elk Rapids Schools.  Elk Rapids High School, Sunrise Academy, and Cherryland Middle School will expand the online learning programs that we have successfully administered for over a decade. Lakeland and Mill Creek Elementary are working with the TBAISD to implement a quality online learning program for K-5 students. The specific details of our online learning programs will be made public soon. 

 

The Task Force expects to complete the ERS Return to Learning Plan by August 8, 2020. The draft of that plan will be shared with staff, families, and the community. Before formal implementation, the Board of Education will approve this plan at a special meeting yet to be determined.  The first day of school is a half day for all students on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. 

Thank you for your patience and support as we formalize a successful and safe return to school. Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.

 

Sincerely,

Tom Enslen, Superintendent

Elk Rapids Schools

June 1, 2020 - ER Schools 2020-21 School Intention Survey

Good afternoon,

As a school district in these trying times, we are taking a proactive approach to the process of planning for the 2020-2021 school year.  While there is much uncertainty regarding what COVID-19 safety restrictions may be put in place, we have decided to plan for three possible instructional models.  

 

The first may be the "traditional" model with daily face-face instruction happening within each building.  The second may be a hybrid model that would entail a portion of students attending face-face instruction on school grounds and a portion attending remotely from home.  For example, a student may go to school on M/W and attend remotely on T/Th.   The third may be a 100% remote learning platform.  

 

We value your insight and concerns as a parent and would appreciate your time in answering a few questions in the attached survey to help guide our planning. Know that quality of education and the safety of our students and staff are of the utmost importance as we move forward toward the coming school year.

 

https://forms.gle/gxtX2q2PX65Dc63y5  

 

Best Regards,

 

Tom Enslen

 

Dear Elk Rapids Parents and Students,

Welcome to a new era in education for Elk Rapids Public Schools! As you likely know, we have been tasked with the unprecedented responsibility of teaching the final 39 days of school in a remote format. Thanks to previous Elk Rapids Schools initiatives and successful bond votes, we are uniquely positioned to accept this challenge. However, just like traditional learning, educators need student and parent commitment to succeed. I hope you will join us on this unique journey to prepare each of our Elk Rapids students for the next step academically.

Each grade level will have slightly different experiences, but the basis for all digital learning will be a platform that organizes and houses student learning. Early Learners and Elementary School teachers will communicate with parents using SeeSaw or Google Classroom. At the
6-12 grade levels, teachers will communicate with students through Google Classroom, email, and Remind text messages which have been used consistently by teachers and students for several years. Our digital communication strategy takes advantage of systems our staff already have in place but also allows us to learn with our community through new tools. Thank you for your early support of a system that continues to provide outstanding learning opportunities!

Elk Rapids educators expect each student to log into their learning platform each weekday and complete the work provided by teachers. For our young learners, parents will play a major role in supporting the learning process. Educators understand this is new territory for some parents! Teachers will send specific directions with assignments along with tips on helping students learn new material. They are only an email away for follow up questions. We will need to work together to help students prepare for the next school year. Your role is invaluable to help your child succeed!

With older students, parental guidance will look different. Older students tend to be more independent, so parents need to play more of a role as a coach and teacher. Like a coach motivates his or her team, students will need to be motivated to learn in this format. Teachers will inspire learning through the lessons they deliver, and parents will need to help students regularly engage in lessons. For this reason, we ask parents to:

● Designate specific learning times in the home. Pick a dedicated block of time for your students to complete school work. Parents should require this learning time to be free from the distractions of social media and their phones.
● We strongly encourage parents to view their student’s Google Classroom accounts and even watch lessons with their students sometimes. This will give a sense of what the lessons are about.
● Both students and parents should email teachers if they have questions. Encourage this dialogue as a parent - soon your young adults will need to engage in dialogue as adults. This is excellent practice!

Teachers will use Zoom, Google Meet or videotaped presentations to connect with students in an engaging format twice per week. We highly encourage students to attend these sessions. Keeping the face-to-face connection with teachers and classmates will help build motivation for students to continue learning at home. It will help create a sense of togetherness as we move forward each week.

This formal transition to remote learning will occur on Monday, April 13. On this day, students will have their first set of formal activities in their learning platform. Families who do not have internet access in their homes should communicate that to building principals and teachers. You can expect further communications from building principals about efforts to help families get connected. Each building principal will be sending additional documents to students and families that provide specific grade level information. These documents will also address other topics you might be wondering about such as graduation, field trips, athletics, drama, and the class placement process for students next fall. Look for these communications from the principals during the week of April 20 or sooner.

As Elks we all have a common purpose, to provide strong and innovative opportunities for all students to learn. In these unique times, our partnership with families is vital. Please engage with us during this final 25% of the school year and together we will prepare our students for the next steps. Our partnership in this endeavor will further a productive time of learning for our students.

Warmest Regards,
Tom Enslen,
Superintendent

PDF DocumentContinuation of Learning (COL) Plan

 

Dear Elk Rapids Families & Staff:

As expected, yesterday Governor Whitmer canceled face to face instruction for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Michigan.  On Monday, April 6th, a district leadership team will begin developing the required components of our Elk Rapids Schools Remote Learning Plan. Our goal is to have the Remote Learning Plan approved by TBAISD as soon as the middle of next week.  Once approved, communication regarding the details of our plan along with potential start dates will be shared with all district families. In the meantime, we encourage all our families and staff to stay safe and continue with the original distance learning we have utilized since the beginning of the school closure. 

Warmly,

Tom Enslen

Elk Rapids Superintendent

April 1, 2020

Tomorrow, Governor Whitmer is expected to make her announcement on whether schools in the state of Michigan will remain open for the remainder of the school year. Behind the scenes, we have been diligently working on Plan A, Plan B, and Plan C. While some of the information will be announced in her press conference, a lot of information will not be released to schools until after. We know you will have a lot of questions and we are more than happy to answer them but understand we will need a little time to get the information from Lansing, figure out which plan fits, and begin the steps to execute it. We are tremendously grateful for your patience during this time of uncertainty. We miss our students and hope you are all staying safe and staying home.

March 26, 2020

Dear Parents,

We are receiving increasing numbers of inquires specific to the school calendar and moving forward during this most difficult time. I am in communication on a daily basis with superintendents throughout the region, the ISD, attorneys, healthcare officials, and the Michigan Department of Education. 

This is an especially challenging time for us all. Needless to say, none of us in the world of education has ever had to deal with this unique set of circumstances. That said, I want to assure all of our parents that I will communicate to everyone information as it is made available to me. 

To date, all we know for sure is that school will not resume until at least April 14, 2020. Should that date change, and with any new information, I will share out as quickly as possible. Our buildings remain closed to all community and staff and will remain so for the foreseeable future. Our dedicated staff of custodians has done a tremendous job of sanitizing every building from top to bottom. For that reason our doors must remain closed.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding of this most difficult situation. As we've heard so many say during this time, we will recover given time. Stay home, stay safe, and we'll see you all soon enough.

Warmest Regards,

Tom Enslen

Dear Elk Rapids Staff and Parents,

By now many or most of you have seen or heard the directive from the Governor of the State of Michigan who issued a Stay at Home order. Along with this communication, she also indicated that school would not resume any earlier than April 13, 2020. The original date was April 6, 2020 and we wanted to be sure that no one missed this communication. 

In the meantime, I am in constant communication with the superintendent's in the region, ISD personnel, and healthcare officials regarding all of our challenges that lie ahead relative to COVID-19. To date, I have no information to share that hasn't already been shared out on state and federal levels. Superintendents across the state are waiting to hear from our Governor or the Department of Education whether these missed days of school will be forgiven. We will communicate to our staff, parents and community important information specific to plans for the remainder of the school year as those details are made aware to us. 

In the meantime, the health and safety of our students, staff and community remains our highest priority. Any change in plans relative to the current online learning and food service programs will also be communicated out as they develop. 

We thank you for your cooperation and understanding in these most difficult of times. 

Warmest Regards, 

Tom Enslen

School Districts and Local Agencies Engage in Swift Regional Collaboration 

 Traverse City, MI - As the region continues to adjust to the many challenges being posed by the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD) and local school district superintendents applaud the incredible work, dedication and positive spirit that regional school staff continue to bring to surrounding communities, school families and students across Antrim Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau counties.

 Over the course of the week, custodial staff swiftly cleaned and disinfected buildings, office space and transportation vehicles as school operations adjusted to state-mandated closures. 

 Technology support staff took quick action to ensure essential employees received the tools necessary to work from home and network connectivity supported the increase in demand for remote access.

 Foodservice staff, school support and professional staff, and community volunteers stepped up to coordinate vital food resources for school-age children with distribution centers, home deliveries, and drop-off sites coordinating efforts across the region. It is anticipated that over 30,000 meals will be distributed to school families in the first three days of service. For a complete food distribution schedule provided by area schools, click here. Families in need of food assistance are encouraged to reach out to the nearest distribution site, as the school district of residence does not matter.

 Volunteerism opportunities are developing across the region. Grand Traverse County in conjunction with United Way of Northwest Michigan has created a volunteer registration process to direct individuals to make the greatest positive impact. Go to  www.unitedwaynwmi.org/covid-19 or call 2-1-1 to complete the volunteer registration process.

 Superintendents, school and community leaders continue to meet on a regular basis to coordinate efforts and monitor communication from Governor Whitmer and state and local health departments to provide consistent information in support of this ever-changing situation. It is a priority of local school leaders to keep families informed and provide resources to support the needs of each community they serve. The Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District website provides links to resources for parents to support the emotional needs of their children as well as a comprehensive list of reliable local and state agency resources. Community members are encouraged to contact the Grand Traverse County Health Department or their local health department regarding COVID-19 concerns.

 Heather Jewell
Communication/Information Services Specialist
Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District
Traverse City, MI 49684
231-922-6222

Dear Elk Rapids Parents,

In this very uncertain time we want to be sure that our students do not go hungry. Your school district is here for you. Elk Rapids Schools will be offering free meals to any district person ages 18 and under during the state mandated closing.  Meals offered will be breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, starting on March 17th. Lunches will meet state nutrition standards.

If parents wish for meals to be provided for their children please email answers to the following questions to the email address: schoolmeals@erschools.com

Meals will be available for pickup at either Mill Creek Elementary or Cherryland Middle School.

The district is also considering potentially delivering meals.

Students Name:

Address:

Breakfast: Y or N

Lunch: Y or N

Pickup: Y or N

If yes: Mill Creek or Cherryland Middle School

Delivery: Y or N

 

Warmest Regards,

Tom Enslen

After careful consideration of the impact of COVID-19 on our local, state and national economies, both today and in the future, Elk Rapids Schools has made the difficult decision to remove the Bond Proposal from the May 5, 2020 election.

 While this decision in no way reflects on the need and importance of the projects outlined in the Bond Proposal, the Board of Education believes that now is not the appropriate time to request additional taxes from our residents and community.

 The district is committed to bringing the Bond Proposal to the voters at a later date.

 Warmest Regards,

 Tom Enslen

Superintendent