Dear Forest Hills Families,
Thank you for your continued support and partnership as we all adapt to this unique and oftentimes challenging reality. Here is some updated information on a variety of topics:
- Stay at Home – Stay Safe Order – The State of Michigan issued an order directing all residents to stay in their homes unless they’re a part of the critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or grocery store. This order begins on March 24, 2020, at 12:01 a.m., and extends through April 13, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Schools will remain closed at least through this date.
- Meal Distribution Changes – Beginning Friday, March 27, we will distribute meals from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Central High School and Northern High School. We will not be distributing meals during the evening pickup time and, effective Friday, Eastern High School will no longer be a pick-up site. This allows our wonderful food service staff to consolidate their efforts at the places and times where we have the highest demand. Again, this begins on Friday. On Tuesday, March 24, we will have the mid-day and evening pickup times staffed at all three schools. See our previous communication for exact locations. Breakfast and lunch meals are available for any student or child.
- Technology Devices – A huge thank you to our Technology Department staff, nearly 500 families have reserved an FHPS Chromebook device for use at home during the school closure period. Final distribution will take place on Tuesday, March 24.
- Internet Content Filtering – The district has implemented technology protection measures and content filtering on all student Google accounts both on campus and off-site when using a Chromebook device. The additional measures will ensure that anywhere students are logged in with their school Google accounts they will be protected as required under the guidelines of the Children’s Internet Project Act. Disclaimer: While Forest Hills Public Schools use technology protection measures to limit access to material considered harmful or inappropriate to students, it may not be possible for the district to absolutely prevent such access. Despite our best efforts and beyond the limits of filtering technology, a student may run across some material that is objectionable. FHPS has a three-layer approach when students are using the internet. The device is automatically routed through the FHPS filter for appropriate content. The second layer is the monitoring of the student use by an adult. The third layer is the student using digital responsibility.
- Goodwillie – The student nomination form for Goodwillie Environmental School, to be completed by parents/families, is now due this Friday, March 27, 2020.
- Kindergarten Kick-off – Kindergarten kick-off meetings scheduled for this spring are postponed. Families may continue to register for kindergarten for the 2020-21 school year. Additional information will be forthcoming for families with an incoming kindergartner.
Please visit our website where you can see a Commonly Asked Questions page, all previous COVID-19 communications to families, and a list of resources to assist families during this challenging time.
Finally, I am grateful to our teachers and principals who continue to adapt and provide instructional resources to our students and families during this closure time. We know that some families want more online resources while other families are either satisfied or unable to process more at this time. Our teachers are responding to this diversity of need with flexibility, communication, and creativity. Additional resources were posted today, customized by grade level. With each passing day, we are connecting with more students and families. We know families are juggling a lot and our intent is to support our families, not add to the burdens many are currently shouldering. The health of everyone — students, staff, parents, and families—is the most important thing at this time!
Thank you for your support of our schools, staff, friends, neighbors, first responders, health care workers, and our entire community during this challenging time. Please stay close to home, stay safe, and know that we will get through this as a community.
We respect and appreciation,