April 10, 2020
Dear South Lake Schools Community:
I hope this update finds everyone in our South Lake family healthy and safe as we continue to take the necessary precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19.
South Lake Schools stakeholders continue work on the district’s “Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plan”.
The South Lake Schools administration received the template document for our Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plan later in the day last Friday. Since then, we have collaborated with the Macomb Intermediate School District, the 21 local school superintendent’s, and our administrative team to complete a draft plan. This draft will be shared with our Board of Education and teacher representatives for additional input and feedback. We expect approval of our plan at the county and state levels the week of April 13th. At that time, we will share the details of our plan with the South Lake community.
Michigan gets approved for a federal program that will provide food to children affected by school closings due to COVID-19.
The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT) is a new federal program that provides temporary funding to Michigan families with children who received free, reduced-cost lunches. Eligible families not currently receiving food assistance benefits will receive a pre-loaded Electronic Benefits Transaction (EBT) card – known as a Bridge Card – issued under the name of the oldest student in the household. Families can use their pre-loaded EBT cards at any retailer that accepts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) EBT benefits. A list of retailers can be found at the SNAP Retailers website.
Governor Whitmer signs Executive Order 2020-42 extending “Stay Home, Stay Safe” provisions through April 30, 2020.
Yesterday, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-42 which orders all people in Michigan to stay home through the end of April. This new executive order reaffirms the measures set forth in the previous “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order and also clarifies them. Once the order takes effect on April 9, 2020, Executive Order 2020-21 is rescinded. Executive Order 2020-42 can be accessed at https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90499_90705-525182--,00.html.
Theodore VonHiltmayer, Superintendent