UPDATE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT 12/14/2020

Good Afternoon Pirate Families,

On December 7th we made the decision to allow our K-8 students to return to in-person learning for families who chose this option. We based this decision on the fact that the positive cases listed on our COVID-19 Dashboard, at that time were not associated with in-person learners or other in-building cases. All school districts in Michigan are required to notify staff, students, parents/guardians and the community of any “school associated” positive cases. School associated includes virtual, in-person students and all staff members and post all cases to our COVID-19 Dashboard. We continue to strongly feel that providing an education to our students, evaluating and assessing their emotional needs is best accomplished in-person whenever possible.

However, we will always put the health of our students, staff and community first. Therefore, after being made aware of a positive case in one of our Ezra Eby Elementary classrooms and other school affiliated cases today, we will be transitioning the entire district back to remote learning for the remainder of the week starting tomorrow Tuesday, December 15th, 2020.  We believe that we achieved the goal of addressing the well-being of our students during this return to in-person learning period and although we are saddened to announce a return to remote learning at this time, we feel we must follow district protocols to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

We will remain on a remote learning schedule through the first week after Christmas break with a planned return to in-person learning on Monday, January 11th, 2020. Please see the specific dates outlined below. ALL students will be responsible for remote learning during the remainder of this week and the first week after Christmas break. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your building administrators directly. We also ask that you remember it is REQUIRED TO REPORT POSITIVE SCHOOL ASSOCIATED CASES. PLEASE CONTINUE TO REPORT THIS INFORMATION TO YOUR BUILDING ADMINISTRATOR EVEN IF LEARNING IS REMOTE so proper protocol may be followed.

REMOTE LEARNING THE REMAINDER OF THIS WEEK Tuesday 12/15/20  through Friday 12/18/20

Christmas Break Monday 12/21/20 through Friday 01/01/21

School Resumes REMOTE LEARNING Monday 01/04/21 through Friday 01/08/2021

School Resumes IN-PERSON Monday 01/11/2021 

We will continue to support our families in any way available to us. We encourage you to reach out to teachers and/ or administrators if your student is struggling. We will do our very best to offer support or look for various ways to work through your concerns. Times are challenging Pirates but we will continue to educate and do what it best for students.

Please continue to practice safe social distancing, wash your hands frequently and stay healthy.

Sincerely,

 

James E. Graham

Superintendent

Napoleon Community Schools

 

*An all call, an email & posting are being scheduled now.

 

 

UPDATE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT 12/7/2020

Good Afternoon Pirate Families,

Today, Governor Whitmer and the MDHHS announced COVID-19 restrictions put into effect November 18th have been extended through December 20, 2020.  As a district, we continue to assess how to deal with the circumstances created by the COVID pandemic. We take into consideration many things, first and foremost being the health and well-being of our students, our staff, and the community. We evaluate how to best provide an education to our students, address the emotional needs of both the students and staff as well as many other valid concerns brought to our attention. From the beginning of the year, we felt these concerns were best addressed by offering both an in-person option and a remote learning option whenever possible.

During the first part of this particular MDHHS Emergency Order in effect through Tuesday, December 8th, the number of positive COVID cases being reported within the district impacted our decision to transition the entire district K-12 to remote learning. At this time, the number of positive COVID cases in our district being reported have lessened and combined with the needs of our students, have led us to make the decision to allow K-8 students to return to in-person learning on Wednesday, December 9th. Per the current extension to the MDHHS order, all high school students will remain in remote learning.

Please understand that we want our families to feel safe. If your student is scheduled as an in-person learner and you are uncomfortable with them returning at this time PLEASE CONTACT YOUR BUILDING ADMINISTRATOR to make arrangements for them to remain remote.

We will continue to do what is best for our students and staff academically, socially and emotionally. We believe it is important for students to be in school. Remember it is vital that we continue to make good decisions regarding sending your students to school. If your child(ren) exhibits any symptoms of the COVID virus or any type of illness please keep them home, continue to practice safe social distancing guidelines and good hygiene. Also, please immediately report to the school and the health department any COVID positive test so we may continue in our efforts to proactively deal with any situation that arises. We have required the same of our staff and anyone else involved in a school event.

We appreciate your continued support. I encourage you to contact your building administrators if you or your student has any questions and/or concerns.

Stay safe & healthy Pirates!

Sincerely,

James E. Graham

Superintendent

Napoleon Community Schools

 

 

UPDATE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT 11/ 23/2020

All Call Scheduled Afternoon 11/23/2020, Mass emails sent 11/23/2020

Good Afternoon Pirate Families,

In response to the MDHHS Emergency Order that went into effect, November 18, 2020 ALL NCS students will continue to learn remotely until Tuesday, December 8th, 2020 returning to in-person learning on Wednesday, December 9th, 2020.

In making this decision we have considered the number of current positive and quarantine cases, as well as pending COVID-19 related situations in our district and surrounding areas.   Additional factors include the number of rising cases of COVID-19 in our county and state.

As always, please contact your building administrators directly with any questions or concerns. They may be reached via email or by leaving messages on their school lines. Click (here) to view a complete list of NCS Staff contact information.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to work through these challenging times.

Have a great evening,

James E Graham

NCS Superintendent

  • All extracurricular activities will remain shut down during this time frame.
  • Technology needs should be handled directly with your building administrator(s).
  • Food Service information (7) days of meals may be picked up at the HS Kitchen area, drive thru style on Wednesday, December  2nd, 9th & 16th from 11:30 – 12:30 pm. IF you are already on the remote learning food program you do NOT need to contact Mrs. Haskell. If you would like to be added to this pick up please contact Mrs. Haskell (email preferred) at andrea.haskell@napoleonschools.org or 517 905 5711. Any NCS student or sibling under 18 years old qualifies. FREE breakfast and lunches provided to all.
  • Further updates will be shared as they become available. Please check your contact information in the PowerSchool Parent Portal if you have a MS or HS student.
  • Ackerson Lake High School online students will be welcomed back into the building for learning starting Monday, December 14th, 2020. Please contact Mrs. Snyder or Mr. Kanaan with any questions.

 

 

November 11, 2020

Good Afternoon Pirate Families,

This morning we received notification of an additional positive COVID-19 test within the administration offices of our district.  Any persons potentially affected that may require testing or quarantine per the guidelines from our Health Department in regards to contact tracing, has been contacted by a district administrator. We continue to prioritize the safety of our students and staff.

After carefully considering the above mentioned information, surrounding area COVID-19 trends and out of an abundance of caution Napoleon Community Schools has made the decision to take the following steps as precautionary measure;

Effective at the close of school today, Wednesday, November 11, 2020 ALL Napoleon Community Schools buildings will transition to 100% remote learning through Friday, November 27th, 2020.

In-person instruction will re-start on Monday, November 30th, 2020. 

Our staff is committed to delivering a quality educational experience. Please reach out to your buildings administrator with any questions or if you have technology needs. They will respond as quickly as possible to ensure you receive assistance.

  • All Ezra Eby Elementary School and Napoleon Middle School extracurricular activities will be shut down during this time frame.
  • Pirates Cove Pre-School will transition remote learning.
  • Pirates Cove Child Care will remain open at this time.
  • All NHS athletes should remain in contact with their coaches. They will be advised on schedules and/or cancellations as determined.
  • NHS students who need materials or locker contents please contact Mrs. Kenel (email preferred) at robin.kenel@napoleonschools.org or (517) 905 5790 to schedule a drive thru pick up slot  for THUR/FRI between 8-2pm
  • BAND STUDENTS who need their instruments- please contact Mr. Trudeau by email at trevor.trudeau@napoleonschools.org to schedule a time to pick up
  • Technology needs should be handled directly with your building administrator(s).
  • Food Service information (7) days of meals may be picked up at the HS Kitchen area, drive thru style on Wednesday, November 18th from 11:30 – 12:30 pm. IF you are already on the remote learning food program you do NOT need to contact Mrs. Haskell. If you would like to be added to this pick up please contact Mrs. Haskell (email preferred) at andrea.haskell@napoleonschools.org or 517 905 5711. Any NCS student or sibling under 18 years old qualifies. FREE breakfast and lunches provided to all.
  • Teachers will be in contact with students (parents of younger children) over the next 24-48 hours. Please watch your email and be patient as we work to transition.

We ask that our families continue to monitor themselves and their children for any COVID-19 symptoms and report any confirmed cases to their school administrator.  We encourage you to continue to take precautions during these times including washing your hands, wearing a mask and practice social distancing. We appreciate your help in encouraging these things as well as your patience and support in these challenging times. If you have any questions, again please contact your building administrator.  Stay safe and healthy Pirates!

Sincerely,

James E. Graham

NCS Superintendent

 

 

Napoleon Community Schools Complete Staff Contact List

 

All Call 11/18/2020

Good Evening this message is for the parents of students in 6th through 12th grades.  Teachers and students are all working hard during transition to remote learning. One critical aspect of the remote learning piece is attendance.  We as a district are required to document that we have 75% of our students participating in remote learning in order to remain compliant with state requirements. To do this the staffs of the High School and Middle School are sending out emails on a weekly basis. PLEASE make sure your student or students are checking their emails and responding to the email from the teacher reaching out to them.

Also just a reminder that students should be checking the Stream Tab in Google classroom not just navigating directly to the Assignment Tab.  The Stream has valuable information the student will need before starting many of the assignments, this may clear up many of the questions students have about the assignments being given.

Stay Strong Pirates!

Chris Adams

Principal

Napoleon Middle School