BEAVERTON – In a July 10 superintendent report issued by Beaverton Schools Superintendent, Joe Passalacqua announces that the schools will be working to establish a plan for a safe return for students in the fall. The July 10 report from Joe Passalacqua is as follows: 

Governor Whitmer and her advisory council released classroom instruction guidelines on June 30. Governor Whitmer released the “Michigan’s Return to School Roadmap.” As part of the Michigan Safe Schools Return to School Roadmap, Beaverton Schools has developed a committee of stakeholders to assist in the development and revision of our Return To Learn Plan. We did not invite the whole staff, we have only selected a cross section of members, such as teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, secretaries, parents, board members and we are trying to have a few students as well.

This committee will be discussing the critical components that will be necessary to ensure success of learning within our district while ensuring the health and safety of our students and staff. Our committee met on July 14 at 5 p.m. Also, the Clare Gladwin RESD schools along with the Midland schools (Bullock Creek Meridian and Midland Public Schools) are working collaboratively to roll out a comprehensive plan that within reason will be similar for all districts. At our next superintendent meeting on the morning of July 14, we had Steve Hall of the Central Michigan District Health Department and House representative, Jason Wentworth, joining us to solicit guidance and share our concerns. The state released the template last yesterday.

Lastly, we plan to work regionally for the following situations: joint purchasing of PPEs, online learning for students who don’t return, learning packets for students who don’t return. We are dividing and conquering and working collaboratively to address all of the required pieces in the roadmap, along with all of the highly recommended protocols. This will be a fluid process. We must have our plans approved by our Board of Education by August 15 or seven days before the first day for students, for us, that is by August 24. This can be done in partnership with other districts or ISDs. By August 17, RESDs and ISDs must submit locals’ plans to state and by August 17, we must prominently post our plans on our website homepage. We have many topics to address and many questions to be answered such as:

- Flexibility on days/hours guaranteed for the year.

- Enrollment count stability.

- Efforts toward rural internet access

We appreciate your patience, flexibility and understanding. While this ambiguity is challenging, I see every day how each one of us is turning this ambiguity into action. We are learning to work in new ways, we are being reminded of what is really important in our lives, and in all of this ambiguity, our community has come together to help one another.

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