October 4, 2020

Continuation of Learning - Supreme Court Ruling

Dear Hamilton Community School families,

I need to take a moment to communicate with you in regards to our Return Learn Plan - and its current status in light of the Supreme Court ruling on Friday. 

Despite the State Supreme Court’s ruling that Governor Whitmer “did not have the authority after April 30, 2020, to issue or renew any executive orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic”, Hamilton Community Schools is not altering the health and safety protocols in our Preparedness Plan. 

We are in a unique place as we are transitioning from our “Hybrid” plan to a four day a week face to face model with increased numbers of students in our buildings across the district. To ensure our plan is as safe as possible as we make this change we are still requiring masks for all 6th-12th grade students and with the increased number of students in the PreK-5th grade classrooms we will also continue with our plan to require masks in those settings as well.

At this point we have not had a positive COVID-19 case related to school activity. Based on this we believe that our plan is working. Our best course of action is to continue with this plan while we wait for legal interpretation on how Governor Whitmer’s Return to School Roadmap is impacted by the court’s decision, if at all. I am meeting with area superintendents, health care officials, politician’s and legal counsel at 8:00 am on Monday, October 5. I anticipate that we will have further guidance at that time and recommendations on how the court’s decision should be applied at the local level.

I appreciate your patience, understanding, and cooperation as we navigate this change. We have and will continue to balance all of the information, rules and regulations to provide the safest learning environment we can for our students and staff.

 

David Tebo, Superintendent