I hope all of you folks in Terrier Nation are doing well. I pray that you and your families are healthy. I have some bad news and some good news.
The bad news is that Governor Whitmer has ordered that our schools remain closed for the remainder of the school year. The good news is that our educational staff are currently working on a plan that will allow our students to continue their education until we can return to school. We will have this completed by the end of the week, and then we will share it with you. We anticipate starting our plan no later than April 28.
We will be distributing food tomorrow, Tuesday, April 6, at the west entrance to our school from 10 am to 12 pm. We will also be distributing food again on Friday, April 10 from 10 am to 12 pm. On both dates we will also be delivering, starting at 9 am.
Please enter the horseshoe drive by the old elementary building, drive around, and wait in line. Pop your trunk or hatch and your food will be brought out to you. If you would like to receive a package but have not yet signed up, you can fill out the form on our website, or you can call 517-542-2388, select option 6, and leave your family name and number of students.
I will be in touch with more information as it is available.
This is Mr. Corey with a Terrier Update for you.
On Friday, March 27, The Terrier Cafe will be providing food packages from 9am to 11am at the west entrance to our building. We ask that you enter the big horseshoe driveway by the old elementary school and drive around, then wait in line patiently until it's your turn. Please remain in your vehicle and pop the trunk or hatch. Your package will be brought out by one of our staff and placed in your vehicle for you.
If you have not already signed up, you can fill out the form on our website, www.lcsmi.org/food, or you can call 542-2388, select option 6 and leave a voicemail with your family name and the number of kids. The next food distribution will be immediately after spring break. I will share further information by phone as we get closer to that time.
March is Reading Month! I want to encourage our students and parents to sit quietly and read together for an hour every day. What a great opportunity for parents to model scholarly behavior for your kids, talk about the things you have read, and have some much needed, peaceful, quality time together.
Keeping an eye on Litchfield Community Schools social media is a great way to stay in touch with your school, and to stay current with information and events. You can follow us on our website, our facebook page, or on our new Terrier App! I looked up Litchfield Community Schools in the app store on my phone, and the install process is really easy. If I can do it, you can do it too!
Report cards for the third marking period are being completed and will be mailed home soon. If your student receives a grade of I, or Incomplete, that means that they will have the opportunity to talk with the teacher, complete the required work, and then receive the appropriate letter grade once we return to school.
School will continue to be closed until at least April 13. This includes all events and activities. I will share information as it becomes available. In the meantime, stay home, and stay safe. Avoid contact with people outside your home and family. Wash your hands frequently, and call your doctor if you don't feel well.
I hope to see you all soon, and as always,
On Friday, March 20, 2020 from 9am to 12pm we will be distributing meals to students at the West Entrance of our school. We ask that you enter the Big Horseshoe Driveway down by the Elementary School, and drive around to the west entrance. Please wait patiently in line. Your package will be brought to you without even getting out of your vehicle. We currently have 84 families signed up, and it's really important that you sign up on the form on our website, or call 542-2388 and select option 6 and leave a voicemail with your family name and the number of kids in your family. This will help us plan, purchase, and provide meals as efficiently as possible. We are planning another distribution next week, and I will share the information in another Phone Message as we get closer to that time.
March is Reading Month and I want to encourage parents to read to their kids frequently, and to require them to read on their own. Our students should be reading every day for at least an hour. This is vitally important and something that we all can do to keep things as normal and productive as possible. Besides, it's fun!
Throughout the history of our Great Nation we have faced many trials and tribulations. We have lived through foreign wars and attacks on American soil, economic hardships, floods, fires, earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes. There have been health emergencies caused by disease that resulted in precious lives lost. After each one of these challenges The United States of America has emerged stronger than ever before.
The Wuhan Virus that originated in China has found its way to our shores. The best thing that all of us can do right now is continue to live our lives, but to be really smart in how we do it. Avoid contact with anyone who is not in your family. Travel as little as possible. Stay home as much as you can. Take no unnecessary risks.
Wash your hands frequently, especially after any contact with people or after being out of your home. I recently spoke with a local Dr. and asked him what are the three most important things we should do to avoid spreading the virus. He said, " Wash hands, wash hands, and wash hands. That alone will cut the infection rate in half." It is the duty of every American to follow the guidelines, recommendations and orders of our Government Officials to protect one another, especially our elders. They are the generation who have made it possible for us to live in freedom and prosperity for all these years. We owe them that much.
All events scheduled to be held at Litchfield Community Schools are canceled or postponed until further notice. This will include Board of Education Meetings, sports events and practices, the Winter Sports Banquet, and any other scheduled events. The school is closed to all citizens, parents, students, and all non-essential school personnel until further notice.
There is some good news though - If your children are in need of meals during this time off, please visit www.lcsmi.org/food and complete the form there. This will help us determine how many families will be participating and how many meals each family will need. Our plan is to have the food/meals ready for you to pick up at the school at the west entrance on a drive-thru basis. You won't even have to get out of your vehicle. The packages will contain enough food to last several days at a time.
The information we are receiving is changing day by day and I will share updates with you by telephone, as often as needed and as quickly as I can, to keep everyone updated. I know this situation is creating anxiety and worry for everyone. Please be patient, be flexible, and understand that we are doing the best we can.
In the meantime, let's take every precaution we can to avoid spreading the virus, especially to our elders and folks who already may be in a weakened condition from other illnesses. Those folks are at greater risk and we need to protect them and keep them in our prayers.
Thank You for working with us, and as always -
LCS Superintendent of Schools
At a press conference late Thursday evening, Governor Whitmer and State Superintendent Michael Rice announced that all K-12 school buildings - public, private, and boarding - are ordered to be closed from Monday, March 16 to Sunday, April 5, 2020, in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Buildings can reopen on Monday, April 6. We will resume our regular schedule on April 6. During the mandatory closure, there will be no student, staff, or school activities permitted. We encourage you to check out the online educational resources available for students of all ages on our district website. We appreciate your continued patience and understanding during these unprecedented and trying times.
During this time we will be offering free breakfast and lunch to students. Details to be released sometime on Monday, March 16, 2020.
We also have several educational resources available to our students and families to use during this time as well.