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July 21, 2020

 

Greetings to our Trenton Community,

As we prepare for the opening of school in just seven short weeks, we understand that there is a considerable amount of uncertainty. Each day seems to bring news of changes that impact our perspective and planning for the fall. To that end, please note that we have been actively engaged in reviewing the “Return to School Roadmap” specific to Phase 4 and doing our best to come up with a defined plan for the fall.  I am happy to share that Trenton Public Schools are optimistic, passionate, and committed to the return of face to face/in-person instruction in September.

We approached this goal by creating a 40 person task force/committee that included representation from teachers, administration, students, parents, coaches, nurses, food and transportation services, special education staff, custodians, support staff, administrative assistants, and paraprofessionals. Though the task seemed immense, our team worked for three days through the best directives of science, medical organizations, and guidance from governmental agencies to create a plan that will go before the Board of Education for approval on Monday, July 27, 2020. Our local plan must be submitted to Wayne County RESA by August 15, 2020.

 

We also know that in-person instruction may not be an option for some of our families.  Therefore, we will also provide students with an opportunity to engage in a more rigorous online program. Currently, we are considering several options for student engagement. A registration form will be available in mid-August.

 

Lastly, we have not yet developed a blended or hybrid plan. We are fully aware of our neighboring districts’ proposed plans of action and intend to look and create a best fit option for our students. However, to date, the Michigan Department of Education has not yet granted seat time waivers for this scenario. Thus, for the time being, this is not a viable option.

 

In closing, please look for an additional opportunity to share your thoughts, ideas, and opinions in the very near future.

 

Stay healthy, happy, and safe!

Douglas Mentzer

Interim Superintendent of Schools

 

Link to Governor’s most recent executive order: https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/MIEOG/2020/06/30/file_attachments/1485859/EO%202020-142.pdf

Rod Wakeham