Hello Pirate Families,
Yesterday afternoon (October 5, 2020 see below) families were sent an update with information that was available at the time of release. As stated in that update, our plans must remain fluid as changes continue to occur quickly at the state level. With that being said shortly after we released our update the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued the Emergency Order Under MCL 333.2253 – Gathering Prohibition and Mask Order. What this order means to Napoleon Community Schools as a district is that face coverings will be required for all of our face-to-face students and staff, including our Eby students grades Y5-5 in their classrooms. No other changes will be made to our Return to Learn plan at this time. Again, we remind you as educational plans and legislation around that state of Michigan change we will adapt to continue doing our best to keep our students and staff healthy and safe while providing a quality education while following the guidelines set forth by the state. As we work to keep our families informed in this ever changing, controversial environment we ask that feedback be kept constructive and respectful. We encourage you to contact your building administrators directly with any questions or concerns. We want to help if we can. Times are challenging but our priorities are the same. Educate our Pirate students in a safe, healthy environment! We have great staff and amazing families. We will get through these challenging times together. GO PIRATES!
Thank you for your patience and support,
James E. Graham
October 5, 2020
Good Afternoon Pirate Families,
We hope this message finds you and your families healthy and safe. As you know, educational plans around the state of Michigan remain very fluid due to COVID-19 pandemic. Changes continue to occur as we respond to new directives from the Governor’s Office, the Michigan Department of Education and the various Health Departments.
Late Friday afternoon, October 2, the Michigan Supreme Court issued a decision that Governor Whitmer did not possess authority under the Emergency Management Act to declare a state of emergency based on the COVID-19 pandemic after April 30, 2020. As a result, the Court concluded that “the executive orders issued by the Governor in response to the COVID-19 pandemic lack any basis under Michigan law.” Soon after the decision was announced, Governor Whitmer issued a statement noting “that this ruling does not take effect for at least 21 days, and until then, my emergency declaration and orders retain the force of law.”
It’s only natural to question what this news means for our school operations since our Return to Learn Plan is based on executive orders that were issued well after April 30th. It is not fair to our parents and students who made their decision for in person school or remote learning, based on those orders, to change the procedures on this short notice. For the safety of our students and staff, at this time Napoleon Community Schools is not altering the health and safety protocols within our Return to Learn Plan, which is posted on our school district’s website. To be clear, face coverings will still be required for face-to-face students and staff
grades 6-12. Eby students grades Y5- 5 will be required to wear masks according to the RTL plan while on buses, in hallways and all common areas outside the classroom, while at recess, etc.
In the coming days and weeks, we will continue to gain information regarding how Governor Whitmer’s Return to School Roadmap is impacted by the court’s decision. Meanwhile, we want to convey that all protocols remain in place until further notice.
As always if you have specific questions or feedback, please contact your building administrators. Thank you for your continued patience as we work our way through this pandemic together.
James E. Graham