September 1, 2020 Return To School Letter

September 1, 2020

Dear Cros-Lex Families:

As we approach the beginning of the new school year on Tuesday, September 8th, I am sure there will be the normal emotions such as excitement, anticipation, as well as some level of anxiousness. What I am most excited about is the fact that our Cros-Lex dedicated staff members, whether it’s through 100% virtual learning or traditional face-to-face instruction, are all excited about welcoming our families back to the learning community. 

Although this year will definitely start out quite a bit different than what we would see in a normal year, what will be the same is our focus to serve families with compassion, building relationships, and our commitment to provide a world class education to all of our students. Speaking of providing a high quality learning environment to students, I am very humbled and honored to be able to share with all Cros-Lex families our new Board approved vision statement where all staff at Cros-Lex is committed to delivering “A World class education with a rural advantage” in a safe and welcoming environment.

In order for public schools across Michigan to reopen for in person / face-to-face instruction and virtual school instruction, Cros-Lex and all public schools are required to follow the three House Bills 5911,5912, and 5913 that were signed into law at the end of August 2020. In addition to fulfilling our legal responsibilities of these new laws for the 2020-21 school year, it’s important that everyone understands the role each of us has in protecting ourselves and each other. Below are important but simple steps each of us can take to help keep our schools open:

  1. Stay home when sick. If anyone has a fever, chills, nausea, or other flu like symptoms it’s  important that you stay home until the symptoms are gone. As parents, we naturally and regularly do what is best for our children and we know our kids the best. So if your child is showing signs of illness, now more than ever, it’s important to ensure your child is healthy before sending them to in person face-to-face instruction. In the event that your child is not feeling well at school, we will need your assistance in picking up your child as soon as possible. Please make sure your emergency contact information is accurate and submitted to your child(ren)s school. 

  2. Wash and sanitize hands properly and frequently. All of our classrooms have hand sanitizing stations throughout the district and students will be encouraged to regularly wash/sanitize their hands to remove germs and prevent the spread of germs to others. Please assist us and review with your children the importance of proper hygiene.

  3. Wear a face covering. In order for our schools to have face-to-face instruction, face masks in all of our schools are required. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, along with the Sanilac County Health Department, confirms masks with two or more layers can help stop the spread of COVID-19. Choose masks that have breathable fabric, completely cover your nose and mouth, and fit snugly against the sides of your face and don’t have gaps. If you wear glasses, find a mask that fits closely over your nose or one that has a nose wire to limit fogging. According to the Sanilac County Health Department, Gaiters are permissible if they are multi-layered. 

  4. Social Distancing. Reinforce with your children the need for social distance whenever possible. Social distancing helps to keep all of us protected from droplets spread from one person to another.  

  5. Restrict travel to known virus hotspots. If your family must travel, make sure you check local conditions and travel restrictions for that area before you leave. You may be asked to quarantine upon return, even if the travel is inside the United States. 

While our region remains impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic, on a daily basis, when entering our school and facility buildings, we are asking all employees and visitors to answer three questions.

  1. Within the past 14 days, have you traveled internationally to a country identified by the CDC as at risk?

  2. Within the past 14 days, have you had close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19?

  3. Within the past 14 days, have you experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath)?

To enter the buildings, you must answer “no” to these three questions. Parents, these questions apply to our students as well, and we are asking you to review these questions daily with your children to help determine if they should attend school. If in good conscience you are unable to answer “no” to these three questions, your child should not attend school that day. Visitors and staff members will be required to answer the above questions as well.

To assist our community, the Sanilac County Health Department has established a 24/7 hotline for us to call. This number to call is 810.279.5889 or you can also contact the Health Department via email at CoVid19@sanilachealth.com . The email is monitored by the Health Department for anyone to request assistance.  

Also, a reminder to everyone that the expansion of Michigan Sugar’s facilities, along with road construction on both M-90 and Croswell roads, is now in progress. Although we don’t know the full length of time it will take to complete the construction of these two roads, we are asking for everyone to be patient and cautious in our travels around our schools in Croswell. 

As one Pioneer community, we are committed to making every effort possible to open up our schools safely, and remain open. I hope everyone will work together to ensure we have a healthy, safe, and enjoyable school year and I genuinely can’t express enough, how excited we all are to welcome back our kids to school!

If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to call your child’s school.

Thank you, and Go Pioneers!!

Daniel Gilbertson

Superintendent