April 19, 2021
Dear Southgate Families
At its regularly scheduled meeting on April 13, 2021, the Board of Education for Southgate Community Schools confirmed the District's current mode of instruction, offering in-person, remote, and virtual options for all students. This decision relied heavily on our secondary instructional model, allowing in-person middle school and high school students to choose remote instruction at any time, for any reason, and for any duration of time. Our in-person elementary students were provided at option to return to remote instruction for the remainder of the school year. In addition, all athletes, ages 13-19, began weekly COVID testing on April 5, 2021.
Although you may be receiving periodic notices of positive cases in our schools, these are cases in which students have contracted COVID-19 outside of the school environment. When we identify an elementary student who is positive and attended school during the window of contagion, we quarantine the students who are considered close contacts and pause the impacted elementary classroom for 14 days. When this occurs in our secondary schools, we quarantine the students who are identified as close contacts. These students switch to remote attendance.
Our mitigation practices, and the safety protocols in our schools, have been effective in preventing transmissions, or outbreaks, in our classrooms. If we begin to see evidence of in-school transmissions resulting from classroom attendance, despite our mitigation measures, we will re-evaluate our mode of instruction plan immediately, independent of our monthly process of consideration.
Thank you for your ongoing support and caution as we continue through this difficult time.
Sharon Irvine, Superintendent
Learning for Life.
Southgate Community Schools:
The best choice for students and parents.
- All individuals have worth and deserve respect
- Learning is a lifelong process.
- All students deserve a safe environment in which to learn.
- Student effort is essential to student achievement.
- Collaboration of students, parents and staff has the greatest impact on student growth.
POLICY - It is the policy of the Board of Education and the School District not to unlawfully discriminate on the basis of handicap, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, height, weight, sexual orientation or gender identity. The District reaffirms its policy to comply with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, the Michigan Handicappers' Civil Rights Act, Americans with Disability Act of 1990, and all other applicable Federal and State laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination.
Kids Empowered visited the Big Brothers program. See the Southgate Schools Big Brothers Program Facebook page for more information on both programs.
JROTC hosts "Operation Workout" come down any Thursday at 12:45 for a workout!