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Important Message from ICS Superintendent June 29, 2021

Dear Spartan Families:

I’m reaching out to you today with important announcements for the 2021-2022 school year.

More Instruction for Students
With the massive disruptions to student learning these last two years due to COVID, we are concerned about learning loss in our students.  I’m excited to announce that we have come to an agreement with our teachers to offer 15 more minutes of instruction to students every day, beginning in the fall!  While 15 minutes may not seem like much on the surface, when multiplied over 180 student days, the additional instructional time Imlay City students will receive is significant: 2,700 additional minutes of instruction!  That is equivalent to 45 more hours of instruction, per year, every year during a student’s career.  This will be a great benefit to our students. 

The additional minutes have been spread out over the course of the day, resulting in new start and end times for students.  Essentially, students will start their day 10 minutes earlier, and end their day 5 minutes later than they did last school year.  Bus schedules will be adjusted accordingly.  So, beginning in the fall, the district will observe the following start and end time schedule:

 

New Start and End Times

Weston Elementary

8:50am – 3:45pm

Borland Elementary

8:40am – 3:35pm

Imlay City Middle School

7:30am – 2:20pm

Imlay City High School / VHS

7:25am – 2:15pm


Return to Full Face-to-Face Instructional Programming
We are also very excited to announce our return to full face-to-face programming for students.  Our research and practical experience has demonstrated that the very best, and most consequential, instructional delivery occurs in a face-to-face setting.  Should you have questions about programming options, please reach out to office personnel at your child’s school.


COVID Mitigations and Health Practices for ICS
As you’re aware, on June 17, the Governor announced that the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) had issued a new order that rescinds prior Emergency Orders regarding most COVID-19 mitigation measures.   This most recent order became effective as of June 22, 2021.  In addition, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) has issued updated Emergency Rules, which supersede previous MIOSHA Emergency Regulations related to COVID-19.  While we expect more information to come from the Office of the Governor, we have been advised, and plan to follow, the current Order and observe the MIOSHA Emergency guidelines.

As a result of the new Order and updated Emergency Rules, effective immediately, the Imlay City Schools will implement the following measures:

* Face coverings (masks) for students, parents, visitors, or employees for indoor or outdoor settings regardless of vaccination status are no longer required
*Physical distancing requirements are rescinded
*Capacity limits for gatherings are rescinded
*COVID-19 testing for athletes is no longer required
*Daily self-screening for employees is no longer required
*Written COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plans and associated reporting are no longer required

Additionally, per the most recent communication from the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA), there are no longer any requirements or restrictions on testing, gatherings, groups, and face masks for any sports activity, indoors or outdoors.

The new health order does require, effective immediately, all school districts to implement the following measures, and they will be in place for summer programs until the Order changes:

*Face coverings (masks) for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, while on school buses will be required; this requirement is in effect until the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) modifies or rescinds the requirement
*The district will continue to provide reporting and public notice, as required, when notified of any school-associated cases of COVID-19 in the district; this reporting will be added to the district’s website

I’ve communicated to our staff, and will continue to do so moving forward, that it is important to remember that while the wearing of face coverings is not required except on school buses, everyone is free to exercise the option to wear a face covering should they choose to do so.  It is the expectation of the district that individuals (employees, parents, visitors, community members, and especially students) who exercise this option are treated respectfully and appropriately by all ICS personnel, parents and students.

Staying Healthy at ICS
While the stringent requirements regarding broad mitigation practices have been rescinded, there are a number of practices that have helped our students and staff remain healthy this year.  District administrators will be meeting to discuss broad preventative mitigation measures (for example, increased/enhanced cleaning, increased availability of hand sanitizer, scheduled/increased hand washing at the elementary schools, etc.) to determine which might be good practices to continue moving forward.  We saw a steep decline in cases of respiratory illnesses and stomach flu this year, I’m sure, as a result of the mitigations put in place.  As a result, a full review of district practices will be a productive exercise.

Finally, I want to take an opportunity to once again thank you, our Spartan families, for your support and understanding throughout the 2020-2021 school year.  We’re looking forward to much success in the 2021-2022 school year!  In the meantime, please enjoy your summer with your family.

Sincere regards,
Dr. Stu Cameron

Summer 2021 FREE Meals for Children

 ICS will be offering FREE meals for all children aged 18 years and under. Each weekday, from June 28-July 26, breakfast and lunch will be FREE for the children in our community and for students who will be attending childcare or summer programs. All meals will be provided at Borland Elementary. *No meals served on Monday, July 5 due to the holiday
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2021 Senior Honors Convocation


Reporting of Confirmed and Probable Cases of COVID-19

 

EO under MCL 333.2253 requires that school districts, within 24 hours of being notified by a local health department of a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19, provide public notice to the school community on our website. This communication will be provided below. For information about measures in place, throughout the ICS district, to prevent transmission of COVID-19, as well as measures that individuals can take to prevent transmission, please see our COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan-Updated 4/22/2021

COVID-19 Important Links/Information

May 11, 2021: Revised "Close Proximity" Notification

May 7, 2021: Revised Quarantine Notification

May 5, 2021 MDHHS Facial Covering Information Letter - May 5, 2021

April 19, 2021: Preschool and Childcare Mask Mandate Letter

April 7, 2021: Isolation and Quarantine Updated Guidelines
April 7, 2021 Notification: Return of 14-Day Quarantine

3/22/21 Notification of Remote Learning for all ICS Buildings
3/19/21 Notification of ICHS Remote Learning March 22-25
3/18/21 Notification of School Cancellation for March 26

December 2020 Modified Quarantine Memo


11-13-2020 COVID-19 Information Update-English
11-13-2020 COVID-19 Information Update-Spanish
11-13-2020 COVID-19 Information Update Video

Extended COVID-19 Learning Plan
ICS School Closure Learning Information and Schedule 2020-2021 

COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan-Updated 4/22/2021 ICS Student Health Screening Document ICS Safe Return to School Plan FAQ CEC Fall 2020 Special Education FAQ ICS Mask Medical Exemption Form
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Online Payment System

Imlay City Schools uses My School Bucks to provide families an opportunity to conveniently make deposits, view balances, and see the activity of their student’s lunch account(s). You may make deposits to your student’s account by using this online system. Visit My School Bucks directly at www.myschoolbucks.com or access it through the ‘Parents’ section of our website at www.icschools.us . There is a $2.49 fee per transaction. You may place funds into more than one account within a single transaction and there is no limit on the deposit amount. The Imlay City School district does not receive any portion of this transaction fee. The transaction fee is charged by My School Bucks and their processing company; Heartland, for using their service.
 

Substitute Teachers Needed

Imlay City Schools is looking for substitute teachers! Pay is $100.00 per day and your day includes FREE lunch and FREE childcare (for children ages 2 years 6 months (must be potty trained) - fifth grade. 

If you, or someone you know, is interested, please visit www.edustaff.org to register and complete the required information. If you have any questions, please call 810-724-2765. 

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