- Trenton Public Schools
March 25, 2020
Dear Trenton Community:
The signing of the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order has made changes to or extended initiatives put into place to help support our community during this state of emergency. The executive order extends the state of emergency from Sunday, April 5, 2020 through Monday, April 13, 2020. Below are updates and information about activities that impact our educational community.
Meal Sets Program
Chartwells (Trenton’s Food Service) and Dean Transportation will continue to support our youth meal delivery program as long as food sources, staffing, and needed paper product supplies are available. This service is permitted under the new restrictions. The four (4) pickup sites will be maintained:
- Trenton High School – 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm
- Hedke Elementary School – 3:00 pm until 4:00 pm
- Bristol Hills Bus Stop – 3:00 pm until 4:00 pm
- Southwick Co-op (Ilene/York) – 3:00 pm until 4:00 pm
Arthurs Middle School PM bus routes will be followed. For more meal route details, see our website (www.trentonschools.com).
If necessary changes are anticipated we will use our website, social media, and a message with the previous day’s pickup to communicate those changes.
Trenton Public Schools held its kindergarten round-ups at each building earlier in March. The participation was great, but we know that there are more of you out there ready to join our educational community. We would like to hear from you.
Use of District Open Spaces
We welcome our community to use our open green spaces during this shutdown. An outside walk has been encouraged in order to get some fresh air and take a mental break. If you are going to use our spaces, we ask that you follow the social distancing guidelines. The use of the playground equipment is prohibited as there is an increased risk of close contact. Activities that bring people within the six foot limit are also discouraged.
Bond projects had been able to continue during this past week of shutdown. Unfortunately, they are not recognized as critical need projects within the definition of the new restrictions. Trenton Public Schools recognizes that these workers have their health and the well-being and that of their own families to consider. Construction areas will be secured until permission to resume work is granted by the State. Entering them without permission is trespassing and can be dangerous.
With the added restrictions imposed by the executive order, “Stay Home, Be Safe,” district buildings will be accessed only by essential staff. Their presence will be limited to daily activities that are necessary to maintain our buildings until regular use can resume.
As time is added to the educational shutdown, our district administrative team continues to review
information from the State of Michigan and the Federal government. The biggest hurdle is providing equal access to all students. In the meantime, please see the list of learning resources on the district website.
Monday’s news of a magnification and extending of the shutdown was disappointing as everyone is looking to get back to a regular schedule. The support of each other in our great community has gotten the City of Trenton through this first week. That support will be important in meeting the challenges that lie ahead. I will be continuing to provide updates as significant changes occur. Thank you for your efforts in making Trenton a great community for each and every one of us.
Trenton Public Schools