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UCS COVID-19 School Closure Plan

March 23, 2020

Dear UCS Families and Staff,

I hope this letter finds you well and safe. It seems these days, that once we settle into a new routine, another change occurs. At Utica Community Schools, we are continuing to implement the plans we have been sharing with you to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Today Governor Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order in an effort to protect families and communities. With the information that we hear and the circumstances that we are in, it is understandable to feel unsettled or even frightened. However, you should be reassured that Utica Community Schools has active plans in place that fall in line with the Governor’s order and our work will continue to serve our community, especially at this time of need.

Here is where we are today:

UCS Online Learning
Today, we began the implementation of our online learning plan with the first phase of its rollout to high school students. Tomorrow, our junior high students will receive their access information. We certainly appreciate everyone’s patience as we move through this process.

UCS Food Services
Our food services staff members fall under essential services. Because of that designation, UCS will continue to offer meals to all children 18 years and under on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays per the UCS Food Distribution Plan. Feeding our children is a critical job and we are committed to it.

We will continue to welcome adult volunteers to assist with this service. For the health of all those involved in this service, only assigned volunteers and food service staff can be on site during the food distribution. Interested community members must sign up at this link.

Remote Work Schedules
For the health and safety of our school community, applicable personnel will continue to work remotely to provide services to our students and families. While all district buildings and offices have been closed to the public, we will continue to respond to emails. Staff emails are available at this link.

Child Care for Essential Workers
The Macomb Intermediate School District (Macomb ISD) is working in cooperation with all 21 local school districts to coordinate emergency child care for children ages birth - 12 years old for those employees on the front lines supporting our community. Workers who meet the essential worker definition and need child care services may contact Macomb ISD Emergency Child Care Coordinators Kelly Adamek at kadamek@misd.net or Sherine Katba at skatba@misd.net.

We know that there are many questions you have on how this school closure will continue to impact our district. To help address these concerns, the district is preparing a frequently asked questions and answers document to be released shortly.

As we move through these temporary changes to our daily lives, UCS will continue to share updates with our community. Please visit uticak12.org and UCS social media sites for information from the district. Keep safe, stay home and remember, as a community we will get through these challenges together.

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.