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UCS COVID-19 School Closure Plan

April 2, 2020

Dear UCS Community,

Today’s announcement that extends the school closure for the rest of this academic year was anticipated, but it brings with it many emotions and questions.

 

The district has been actively planning for the possibility of this closure by the State of Michigan and its impact on semester grades, graduation requirements/credits and grade promotion. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we formalize and implement our action plans regarding continued instruction and closing the year.

 

We acknowledge that the next few months will be different and challenging. Utica Community Schools is committed to doing everything possible to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, but we miss school. The routine, the learning, the people, and our kids.

 

We miss the positive energy that occurs when students come together with talented, dedicated teachers. We miss the social interactions and those things that make “school” the center of our community – fine and performing arts, sports, service activities sponsored by clubs, bus rides – and so much more. We have high expectations for our students and want to make sure they do not miss a single opportunity to prepare for their future.

 

As we acknowledge how things are different, we must move forward to meet the challenges and the opportunities that lie ahead. Our teachers will continue to make important connections with their students to provide meaningful review and enrichment activities. We encourage all families to take part in UCS Online Learning by accessing their Schoology accounts. To the parents of the Class of 2020, we will partner with you to recognize the incredible work of your students over these past 13 years.

 

In addition to providing academic support, Utica Community Schools is committed to supporting the well-being and mental health of our students. Members of our community and their families are now being directly impacted by COVID-19. We encourage you to speak with your children. Last month, I shared with you resources that were provided by our district’s counseling staff on how to address this issue with young children in an age appropriate way, including the importance of routine and limiting news reports.

 

We have already posted information on our website regarding the closure and its impact on our schools. I encourage you to regularly visit our Questions and Answers page as we continue to post important updates.

 

We are a strong community and we will get through this together. A day will come when buses roll again, halls are alive with the sounds of students, and teachers are inspiring students in their classrooms. Until then, we will partner together to redefine this essential part of our lives that is “school.”

 

Please continue to take care of yourselves and your loved ones.

Sincerely,
 

Christine M. Johns, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

UCS Vision

All children have the right to a rigorous, high-quality education which meets their individual needs. UCS will respect, encourage and empower each and every student to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to be successful, contributing members of a diverse community and global society.

UCS Mission

We are committed to exemplary teaching and learning in order for our students to be prepared for success in the 21st Century.
We will achieve this commitment by engaging the entire community to focus on each child's achievement, with the expectation that every student will pursue some type of post-high school educational endeavor.
  • Every child can learn and achieve.
  • Parents and guardians are partners in the learning process.
  • Being “smart” can be achieved through persistence, hard work and effective effort.
  • Excellence is expected and celebrated.
  • Data is used to guide our decision-making.
  • All employees will exemplify ethical behavior; exhibit a strong work ethic; and continue to develop their leadership, performance and service skills.
  • Technology supports and enhances instruction, business operations, research and communications.
  • The Board of Education, district educators/staff, parents, community members and business leaders must collaborate and work as a team to enhance educational opportunities for student success.