Dear Forest Hills Families,
Here is some updated information on a few topics; meal distribution, Chromebook device distribution, and the district’s transition from supplemental learning to ongoing, remote learning.
The district will continue with breakfast and lunch meal distribution through June 2 for all students age 18 and under as well as students with disabilities age 26 and under. This includes the week of spring break.
- Locations: Central High School and Northern High School
- Days: Tuesday (Wednesday-Friday meals) and Friday (Saturday-Tuesday meals)
- Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Chromebook Device Distribution
The district will provide another opportunity to families to borrow a Chromebook device. Our distribution priority continues to be for those who do not have a device available at your home.
If you are in need of a device, please complete a brief form by clicking here. A form must be completed in advance to receive a device. Forms must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8.
- Near the meal distribution sites at Central High School and Northern High School
- Days: April 14 and April 17
- Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Continuity of Learning During Statewide Closures
With the closure of school buildings through the end of the school year, every school district is required to develop a plan to continue learning for their students, in accordance with the Michigan Department of Education and state governance. Our FHPS “Continuity of Learning Plan” (CLP) will ensure that our students are able to continue learning with their teachers and classmates on the most important content expectations in the remaining weeks of the school year. You can expect to hear more specific details next week from your child’s school.
Meanwhile, teachers and principals are working tirelessly to adapt to a remote format for teaching, communicating, and collaborating. Distance learning is now the norm for all of us, as we participate in webinars, online meetings, and review current research on effective remote teaching practices. We are also using the telephone, mail, and site-distribution of learning materials as a means to connect with students and families. In all of this, your words of support to our educators who are hard at work to deliver new learning for our students are serving as an important source of encouragement.
While ongoing remote learning cannot fully replace students’ experiences in schools with their teachers, principals, counselors, and support staff, this approach will advance new learning and connect students with their teachers.
I know that this entire situation is difficult. We are all in new roles and largely confined to our homes. Every home faces unique challenges and needs. We will continue to work diligently to help meet these needs, support our families, and help our students learn and grow. Thank you for offering our staff grace and patience to be learners themselves as we make this shift. We hope to send this grace right back to you in the days and weeks to come.
Here is the timeline for implementation:
- April 3: Michigan Department of Education releases remote learning plan guidance
- April 8: Kent ISD begins reviewing local districts’ remote learning plans
- April 13-17: FHPS professional learning/training; remote teaching and learning begins
You can expect to hear specific details of this plan next week from your child’s school.
With respect and appreciation,