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Return To School

September 30, 2021

Dear UCS Parents/Guardians,

Very shortly, our high school bands will be returning to an important fall tradition when they gather together for the annual Band-A-Rama. After a one-year hiatus, the bands are returning for an October 10 event under the theme of, “We Are Retaking the Field.” Thanks to the resilience of the entire team, we continue to make progress as a community. In a time of continued uncertainty, there is one area that parents can be assured: we are committed to in-person learning.

As we continue to navigate through the pandemic, we will move forward and make the necessary adjustments to maintain our goal of keeping students in school. With the overwhelming cooperation of our parents, we are making a difference to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We appreciate your continued support.

In working closely with the Macomb County Health Department, I am pleased to share that there are guideline changes that may reduce the time a student is in quarantine through steps that can be taken at home. The changes are outlined on our website. Families who have students identified as a close contact will receive a phone/automated call, email and text from their school with information on the steps they can take to maintain in-person instruction.

Quarantines remain a requirement from our health department through the authority provided by state law and associated communicable disease rules. As we address concerns related to quarantines, we are also working with parents, staff and administrators on services provided to students who are in a quarantine situation. Parents who have any concerns regarding their student’s learning plan, at any time, should speak directly with their teachers or school administrators.

 

2021-2022 School Year

 

Our schools mirror their communities. The schools will reflect protocols and behaviors that are exercised in the community as well as the level of impact COVID-19 is having in our area.  With few exceptions, individuals who have a positive COVID-19 case are the result of an exposure outside of school. We all have a role in keeping our schools safeIf your student does not feel well or is experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, please keep them at home. Please review and follow the self-screening protocols on our website.

Our community has demonstrated incredible resilience and commitment since the beginning of this pandemic. On October 10, we can all feel a sense of pride when our bands retake the field. It is this partnership and collaborative work that continues to make a difference in Michigan’s second largest school district.

Sincerely,

Robert S. Monroe
Superintendent of Schools