Today, Governor Whitmer issued an executive order suspending face-to-face instruction for the 2019-2020 school year. In response, WLPS will begin transitioning from optional enrichment activity to non-optional instruction in all grade levels. The buildings might be closed, but school is still in session!
Over the past three weeks, teachers and administrators have been working to define what our school community would be like if we couldn’t use our buildings. These discussions are continuing to take place but I certainly expect to blend learning with the use of technology, which many students have already experienced in their classrooms. However, questions about how much content advancement will be expected, how much technology will be required, and how many hours each student should engage with learning are still being sorted out within WLPS and in our region. Collaboration with instructional leaders, both in the district and at the county level, will be extremely important as it allows WLPS to gain capacity for distance learning during this most unusual time. Collaboration with our families and students is also important. Whether you are a stay-at-home parent, a work-from-home parent, an essential worker, even a seasoned educator, this all might seem a bit daunting. Take comfort in knowing WLPS, and all we stand for, is not going anywhere. Life is disrupted, certainly, but there is a new normal out there, and we will find it together. I want to hear your ideas, thoughts, questions, and concerns. I want to know how we can best support you, your student and your family. Please take this brief survey to let us know what is on your mind.
If you don’t have access to technology in your home, WLPS is here to help. Based on the survey results, we released our first batch of technology to households with students in grades 3-12 yesterday. And we are gearing up to get technology to the rest of our students. Next Tuesday and Wednesday, April 7 and 8, from 12 p.m. to 4:00 pm at Whitmore Lake High School, families with students in K-12 in need of technology can come pick up a device. No appointment is necessary and more specific instructions on the process will be coming in the next few days. My only caveat…I would like to get the devices back in good working order for the 2020-2021 school year, so please use the equipment respectfully. If you do not have access to the internet, HERE is a list of resources. After exploring those options, if you are still in need of assistance, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734.839.6400 for help.
I know graduation for the Class of 2020 is on the minds of many. In her order, the governor stated school facilities were closed for the school year or until it is safe to reopen or she lifts restrictions. My best guess is that restrictions will be modified in early June. As soon as I can, I will begin planning an awards night and graduation ceremony. I will keep our seniors updated on this in the weeks to come and look forward to celebrating our students and their accomplishments.
Finally, the staff at WLPS is making efforts to take care of individuals who may be struggling with their mental and physical health during this building closure. If you need assistance please complete the appropriate wellness form. For students in Grades 5-12, complete THIS FORM. For students in PreK – 4, complete THIS FORM.
Again, I always enjoy working with the school community in Whitmore Lake. Trojans take care of each other.