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Attention Huron Families,

I would like to take a moment to say thank you to all of you for your patience and cooperation during this turbulent time. Attempting to communicate during an ever-changing crisis presents us with many obstacles; nevertheless, our students, parents, and staff have pulled together in an amazing way.

I am sending this letter in order to give you some guidance pertaining to educational resources and enrichment opportunities that we are making available to help students keep their minds sharp during our school closure. In addition, I will also attempt to provide other information that may be useful to you.

Obviously, we are unable to replicate classroom instruction during a prolonged school closure, and online instruction does not provide students with a seamless option for learning. Instead, our teachers are preparing a list of resources and enrichment opportunities that will help support students as they attempt to stay engaged and maintain skills during this time. You should receive communication from your student’s classroom teacher(s) by the end of the day tomorrow, March 17 with information regarding these resources and enrichment opportunities. Teachers will be using school email addresses and other platforms, such as classroom dojo, Remind, & Google Classroom in order to communicate. Please be sure to check your usual means of communication in order to communicate with your student’s teacher(s).

We are coordinating efforts at the district level, but different grade levels will have different forms of communication. For example, High School and Jr. High School aged students may receive emails and communications directly from teachers, but elementary communications will be provided primarily between parents and teachers. Although these communications may look slightly

different, teachers and administrators are working hard to provide consistent and coordinated communications at each level. Consequently, you should expect to have weekly communication with your student’s teacher(s) during our closure. The end of the 2nd trimester was Friday, March 13, and report cards will be mailed home. You should expect to receive them at some point next week.

Some parents have medications on file in our school offices. These medications can be picked up Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18 from the office of your student’s school.

In addition, our Elementary schools are opening their buildings in order to provide parents with an opportunity to pick up classroom materials and items from their student’s locker. In order to limit the amount of individuals in the building at one time, we are asking that only one adult individual from each family come to the school, and we are posting times for parents to arrive based on their student’s grade levels. If you have students in multiple grade levels, we are asking that you choose one of the windows to pick up all necessary items for your child.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Kindergarten – Grade 2: 9:00 – 11:00 AM, Tuesday, March 17 & Wednesday, March 18, 2020
  • Grade 3 – Grade 5: 1:00 – 3:00 PM, Tuesday, March 17 & Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Thank you again for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. Please contact your student’s school office if you have questions pertaining to report cards, resources, or enrichment opportunities.

Sincerely,
Donovan Rowe
Superintendent of Schools
Huron School District

COVID-19 Parent Letter 3-16-2020 Educational Resources and Enrichment Opportunities (PDF)

Posted by admin  On Mar 16, 2020 at 2:49 PM
  

Attention Huron Families:

This morning, Governor Whitmer announced that she is instituting a state wide “Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order” in the state of Michigan. According to Governor Whitmer, this order requires all Michigan residents to remain in their homes “for at least the next three weeks.”

“Essential work” will be required to continue, in order to ensure state functionality and continuation of services. This includes banks, gas stations, grocery stores, pharmacies, and other “essential life-saving services.” Our school breakfast and lunch distribution fits into this category and will continue during this time, with the exception of the Spring Break, scheduled for April 6-10. No district employees will be working during the scheduled Spring Break on our calendar. I applaud the efforts of our food service department, custodial staff, and district volunteers who have participated in the food service distribution for community. This service is essential for students who need it, and I am grateful for all of the individuals who continue to work to serve our families.

Governor Whitmer’s announcement also included an amendment to the school closure executive order. The School closure has been extended through April 13, which includes the time of our already scheduled spring break, plus one extra day. At this time, classes are expected to resume on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. We can expect more information pertaining to the closure to follow from the Governor’s office and the Michigan Department of Education.

The Michigan Department of Education sent out a press release stating that the federal government has approved preliminary waivers for state M-Step testing for this year. In other words, it looks as though the state assessment requirements will be waived for the 2019-2020 school year. I have attached the press release to this email.

We are still awaiting information and guidance related to many questions impacting schools and the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. One question on everyone’s mind is the possible extension of the school year and the possibility of make-up days vs. waiving missed instructional days and time. We still have many unanswered questions, but new information seems to be coming out each day. I will attempt to keep you posted as this situation develops.

The Huron School District is also working to support our community in other ways. Today, in cooperation with Representative Darrin Camilleri, the Huron School District donated 250 face masks, 193 boxes of gloves, and one box of hand sanitizing gel to our local healthcare systems. We hope that these donations will help support our health care workers in their fight against COVID-19. I know that this crisis can seem overwhelming and is difficult for all of us. Please know that I am thinking of you and your families during this time. I will continue communicating more information as the situation develops. Have a good day, and be safe out there.

Sincerely,

Donovan Rowe

Superintendent of Schools

Huron School District

Parent Letter Stay Home Stay Safe Executive Order 3-23-2020 (PDF)

Posted by admin  On Mar 23, 2020 at 2:39 PM
  

Attention Huron Families,

We have found ourselves in the midst of uncertain times, confronted with obstacles that we did not expect to encounter and uncertainty that weighs heavily on each of us.  Although these times can be frightening, and we are sometimes left grasping for answers, we are reminded that we are not alone in this.  We will work through this crisis together. 

This morning, Governor Whitmer held a press conference, and she announced that students in the State of Michigan will not be returning to physical classrooms for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  This means that the students in the Huron School District will be continuing their learning through at-home learning opportunities for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. 

We are still awaiting information and guidance from the Michigan Department of Education pertaining to the details of the distance learning plan.  At this time, the Huron School District Team is working to provide a rigorous and relevant learning program for the students of the Huron School District.   Given that the regularly scheduled “spring break” runs from April 4-12, you can expect to receive relevant information and further instructions about the learning program on April 13, 2020.   

This type of education delivery will be different than what we are all used to.  Teachers and administrators are working hard to develop the best opportunities and learning activities that will help students build and retain skills during this time.  We are aware that we cannot replicate typical classroom experiences through distance learning opportunities.  Nonetheless, we are confident that our learning program will challenge students while offering them rigorous and relevant experiences.  

It is in times like these that I am reminded of the saying, “Only when it is dark enough, can we see the stars.”  The origin of this phrase has been credited to the British writer Thomas Carlyle in 1843, but the concept is still real enough today. 

Carlyle understood that, when times look dark, there are opportunities before us that we may not see otherwise.  In these times, many of us are staying home with our families, caring for loved ones, and looking for ways to keep our wits.  Today, another obstacle has presented itself to us, and this one pertains to the educational system.  Like many of these challenges, we will tackle this one together. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding in these difficult times.  I am thankful for our community and proud of the way that we have come together as a family.  Please keep your eyes open for more information coming in the near future pertaining to this issue.

Sincerely

Donovan Rowe

Superintendent of Schools

Huron School District

Parent Letter School Closure 4-2-2020 (PDF)

Posted by admin  On Apr 02, 2020 at 11:16 AM
  

Attention Huron Families:

In the first week of April, Governor Whitmer signed an executive order which closed all school buildings for the rest of the 2019- 2020 school year. This same executive order mandated that instruction take place using “remote learning” options for the remainder of the school year. In addition, requirements have been established by the Michigan Department of Education, and schools must comply with these requirements in order to receive funding and continue services. As part of the remote learning efforts, all students are required to participate in at-home learning for the remainder of the school year. This will give students opportunities to earn credit and make steady progress in preparation for next school year.

As a result, the Huron School District has completed a “Continuity of Learning Plan” that outlines the District’s efforts to provide remote learning options to students. The plan follows a model that is consistent with the Huron School District’s strategic plan, providing instruction that stresses rigor, relevance, and relationships for all students. This plan is being submitted to Wayne County RESA for approval, in accordance with guidance from the Michigan Department of Education. Once approved, this document will be posted on the Huron School District website. 

In an effort to offer purposeful learning to all students, the Huron School District is launching a new web site called the Huron Learning Hub. This site is intended to help our students and parents as they transition to remote learning during the school closure. Parents will find information and resources on the site that will help keep them informed and equipped during this time. Students will find ways to connect with teachers, log-in to Google Classroom sites for instruction, and explore content and resources. We are working to develop the final details of the site now, and we will be launching our remote learning instructional program, along with the Huron Learning Hub site, on April 20, 2020. 

As teachers work collaboratively to develop and refine Google Classroom sites that will provide at-home learning opportunities, we are encouraging students to log-in to their student Gmail accounts and join their teachers’ Google Classroom(s) that have been developed and shared with students. The Google Classroom platform will be used as a primary resource for delivering remote learning within the district. More information pertaining to the student log-in process, Google Classroom, and The Huron Learning Hub will be mailed home later this week, prior to the April 20, 2020 remote learning launch. This mailing will contain information pertaining to remote learning weekly schedules, student grading, and the 2019-2020 remaining calendar. 

We are aware that some homes are not equipped with internet connectivity and/or internet capable devices. The Huron School District is working to provide internet connectivity options for families without internet at home. We are also developing options for parents to sign-out a device for student use at home, in households where a need is present. More information related to internet connectivity and devices will also be included in our upcoming mailing. 
In addition, the Huron School District is asking parents to update their email information in our MiStar web portal. Instructions can be found at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-7h4sZXybj-Y-SR2u4MzJAuCCvvR7_xnu9ZAuk8m5SE/edit?usp=sharing to help parents through the updating process.

The Huron School District will continue to provide continuity of meal service on Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the school closure period. Starting Tuesday, April 14th we will be doing trunk food pickup only. We are asking that recipients pop their trunks and allow food service workers to place the food in the trunk of the vehicles. Recipients will also see a reduced number of bags; however, the amount of food will be the same. Our delivery dates and times will be the same: Tuesdays & Fridays 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, in the Huron High School circle drive. We will continue to distribute 3 days of food on Tuesdays and 4 days of food on Fridays. 

I know that questions still exist pertaining to the details of the learning plan and remote learning, and I hope that our upcoming mailing will help to answer those questions. I also know that parents with Senior level students have questions related to graduation, prom, and other senior activities. I want you to know that we are monitoring the Stay Home/Stay Safe guidelines carefully, and we are considering all available options in order to celebrate our Senior students. We will be publishing more information about our seniors in subsequent communications. 

Thank you again for your patience and understanding as we finalize our remote learning plans. I am proud of our staff and community, and I am looking forward to our remote learning launch on April 20, 2020. As always, feel free to contact us if you have questions. Have a great day, and stay safe out there. 

Sincerely,

Donovan Rowe

Superintendent of Schools

Huron School District.

Parent Letter Continuity of Learning Plan 4-13-2020.pdf

Posted by admin  On Apr 13, 2020 at 4:38 PM
  

Attention Huron Families:

In the first week of April, Governor Whitmer signed an executive order which closed all school buildings for the rest of the 20192020 school year.  This same executive order mandated that instruction take place using “remote learning” options for the remainder of the school year. Remote Learning is learning that happens outside of the traditional classroom because the student and teacher are separated by distance and/or time. Remote learning can be real-time or flexibility timed, and it may or may not involve technology. It cannot be assumed that every family or every student has access to the necessary devices and appropriate internet connection at their home.

In order to help parents and students navigate remote learning options during the school building closure, the Huron School District has developed the new Huron Learning Hub.  The Huron Learning Hub can be accessed through the Huron School District Website at huronschools.org, beginning on Monday, April 20, 2020.  Parents will be able to view weekly learning schedules based on the grade levels of their students, and parents will be able to contact teachers and link to instructional sites from this platform.  Students will find ways to connect with teachers, log-in to Google Classroom sites for instruction, and explore content and resources.

Teachers will be communicating with students and parents through our school managed student Google Suite Accounts as well as classroom text applications, such as remind.  Students without internet availability will be provided with “hard copy” packets upon request, which will allow students to work without the use of the internet.  As part of the remote learning efforts, all students are required to participate in at-home learning for the remainder of the school year. This will give students opportunities to earn credit and make steady progress in preparation for next school year.

The Huron School District has completed a “Continuity of Learning Plan” that outlines the District’s efforts to provide remote learning options to students.  The plan follows a model that is consistent with the Huron School District’s strategic plan, providing instruction that stresses rigor, relevance, and relationships for all students.  This plan has been submitted to Wayne County RESA for approval.  Once approved, this document will be posted on the Huron School District website.

We are aware that some homes are not equipped with internet connectivity and/or internet capable devices. The Huron School District is working to provide internet connectivity options for families without internet at home.  We have also developed options for parents to sign-out a device for student use at home, in households where a need is present.

I know that parents with Senior level students have questions related to graduation, prom, and other senior activities.  I want you to know that we are monitoring the Stay Home/Stay Safe guidelines carefully, and we are considering all available options in order to celebrate our Senior students. We will be publishing more information about our seniors in subsequent communications and when more information becomes available.

The remainder of this mailing contains information regarding grade level learning schedules, daily learning timelines, Google Suite log-in information, updating parent contact information in MiStar, low cost internet connectivity options, calendar updates, free internet access at Huron High School, emotional support hotline information, and student grading information.

Thank you again for your patience and understanding as we finalize our remote learning plans.  I am proud of our staff and community, and I am looking forward to our remote learning launch on April 20, 2020.  As always, feel free to contact us if you have questions.   Have a great day, and stay safe out there. 
Sincerely,

Donovan Rowe
Superintendent of Schools,
Huron School District.

Please view the following documents for more information:

Posted by admin  On Apr 15, 2020 at 7:54 PM
  

Thanks to all of Huron's teachers for doing an incredible job and to all the students and families that have shown their support this week!

2020 Teacher Appreciation Week

Posted by admin  On May 08, 2020 at 2:49 PM
  

May 2020 Bond Update


Phase I: Athletic Field, Track, Event Areas, & Lighting

Improvements Include:

    • New synthetic field turf for the athletic playing surface
    • New track & event areas
    • Fencing & ADA compliant sidewalk around track surface
    • LED lighting for athletic field

Proposed Timeline: Construction has begun and is scheduled to end 8/25/2020

Phase II: Early Childhood Center Construction, Renton Renovations, & Renton Addition

Improvements Include:

    • New Early Childhood Center, complete with furnishings.This includes new classrooms, officeslibrary space, restrooms, kitchen, storage, & athletic gym/cafeteria.
    • Renton Renovations: Secured Entry Renovation, lockers, restrooms, PA/Clocks, drinking fountains, flooring, lighting, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, , interior and exterior doors, & new roof
    • Renton Science Classrooms & Restroom Addition

Proposed Timeline: New Construction is scheduled to begin May 2020 and end June 2021. Renovations are scheduled to begin mid-June 2020 and end September 2020.

Phase III: Miller & Brown Renovations & Additions

Improvements Include:

    • Building Renovations: Secured Entry Renovation, restrooms, PA/Clocks, drinking fountains, flooring, lighting, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, interior and exterior doors, new roof, & parking renovations.
    • New Classroom Additions to each building, complete with furnishings.

Proposed Timeline: The Phase III construction scheduled is currently being planned as part of the design and development process.

Phase IV: Huron High School and Bus Garage Renovations

Improvements Include:

    • High School Building Renovations: Secured Entry Renovation, new science labs, STEM center,  lockers, locker commons, restrooms, PA/Clocks, drinking fountains, flooring, lighting, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, interior and exterior doors, new roof, & parking renovations.
    • Bus Garage Renovations:Restroom renovations and replacement of bus railing barrier.

Renderings


Bond Science Lab Rendering

Bond Kindergarten Class Rendering

Bond Rendering Poster

Bond Rendering Poster 2

Posted by admin  On May 15, 2020 at 1:17 PM
  

 

The 2019-2020 instructional year is drawing to a close. This has been one of the strangest school years I have seen in my 21 years in education. Nonetheless, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your patience and cooperation during our school closure and during the implementation of our Continuity of Learning Plan. I love the way our community pulls together and works as a team, and I am proud of our students, parents, teachers, administrators, and support staff.

We are entering our last week of learning in the 2019-2020 school year, and our summer break is about to begin. Teachers and students are wrapping up our learning activities, and buildings have put together plans to collect the remaining Chromebook devices before the summer break. As summer approaches, we have begun to see some of the governmental restrictions lifted, including the lifting of the stay home/stay safe order and the resumption of commerce for some restaurants and businesses. On June 1, 2020 Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-110. Under this order, we were provided guidelines relevant to summer programs and athletic training for fall. Executive Order 2020-110 permits indoor gatherings and events of fewer than 10 people, and outdoor gatherings and events are permitted so long as people maintain six feet of distance from one another and the assemblage consists of no more than 100 people.

As we begin to think about summer, I wanted to remind you that the Huron School District has already started thinking about, and planning for, next school year. Our first day with students for the 2020-2021 school year is scheduled for August 31, 2020. Please keep this in mind as you are planning for the summer. The full calendar is available on the school district website.

Although there are still many questions in the state pertaining to the 2020-2021 school year, the Huron School District has begun planning for different scenarios and situations that we may face in the fall. As always, health and safety are our primary concern. We have purchased new sanitation stations and equipment that we are installing within all of our school buildings that will help to ensure a clean and safe environment. We have also created the Huron School District Re-Entry Task Force, focused on planning for the student and staff return in the fall. The task force is working on plans to ensure safe, efficient, and purposeful operations in the fall. The task force is focused on planning and designing models for health and safety protocols, cleaning and sanitation, student instructional delivery, facilities and operations, transportation, sports and extracurricular activities, communication, and budgetary considerations. We continue to closely monitor the recommendations from the CDC, Wayne County Health Department, the Michigan Department of Education, and the Governor’s Office. No matter what situation we are faced with, we will be ready to provide our students with a safe and purposeful learning environment for the 2020-2021 school year.

In addition to our Huron task force, Downriver districts and others across Wayne County are collaborating to share ideas and develop consistency in programming. As you can imagine, this is a challenging task, and we will continue to work hard to develop a safe, flexible plan to address the collective needs of our students. You are worth our best efforts.

You may have also noticed that we have begun construction on our athletic field renovation and track/event area replacement. We are also poised to begin the renovations at Renton Jr. High School, as well as to start the construction on the new Early Childhood Center. Check out our bond issue update page on our school website to view renderings of the projects and to view updates about the construction process.

Thank you for your support as we work through this challenging situation. Enjoy the final week of “school” and have a safe, happy summer.

Sincerly,

Donovan Rowe
Superintendent of Schools
Huron School District

Posted by admin  On Jun 08, 2020 at 3:32 PM
  

A 2020-2021 Huron School District Calendar is now available on the district's calendar page. Events will also be posted directly to the district's calendar and available in upcoming events. The print calendar and a PDF of version will be available prior to the start of the school year.

Correction: The calendar previosuly listed June 11th as the last school day by mistake. The last school day is June 10. We apoligize for any confusion.

Posted by admin  On Jun 10, 2020 at 10:52 AM
  

Dear Huron Families:

Early last week, legislators in Lansing released a proposal outlining suggested “Return to Learn guidelines for next school year. In addition, the Governor’s Educational Advisory Council will be releasing their “Return to Learn” planning guidelines on June 30, 2020.

We are pleased to see lawmakers in Lansing actively working to advocate for much-needed school funding, and a commitment to a safe reopening in the fall. The legislation released last week is a good start, and we are looking forward to seeing further details of the Governor’s plan this week.

As I have stated in previous communications, the Huron School District is planning for various educational scenarios and situations that we might face in the fall. Our plans include provisions for inperson instruction as well as remote learning options for students. We are committed to providing our students with a safe and purposeful learning environment for the 2020-2021 school year.

We are continuing to monitor communications shared with us from the CDC and Wayne County Health Department related to our return to learning in the fall. We will be keeping a close eye on the “Return to Learn” planning information coming out of Lansing, and we will be adjusting our plan based on provisions outlined in the new guidelines.

Thank you for your support as we work on our plans for next school year. Enjoy the summer.

Sincerely,
Donovan Rowe
Superintendent of Schools
Huron School District

Posted by admin  On Jun 29, 2020 at 3:14 PM
  
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