Updated: Mar 13
March 12, 2021 (Joint Letter with Washtenaw County Health Department, WISD, & HC--See original email for appropriate links)
After a uniquely long and difficult winter, I imagine we are all eager for springtime in
Michigan. Warmer weather and longer days are coming, and we continue to see a
steady decline of COVID-19 cases locally and nationally, which is promising. As
restrictions in Michigan and other states begin to relax, we are asking our community to
continue taking precautions that help minimize the spread of COVID-19. The health
and safety of our school community depends on each of us doing our part.
With spring break in just a few short weeks, I would like to take a moment to highlight
the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations for
domestic and international travel. At this time, the CDC does not recommend
traveling, and we strongly encourage delaying travel and staying home, even for
those who have been vaccinated. Travel increases the chance of getting and
spreading COVID-19. Although we may feel well and not have any symptoms, we can
still spread COVID-19 to family, friends, and others in the community during and after
However, if you choose to travel, we ask that you assess the risks of traveling and
follow CDC guidelines and recommendations in order to reduce the chance of
spreading COVID-19. As you get closer to traveling, check the CDC’s website for the
most up-to-date information on testing and quarantining before and after travel:
● When You Should Not Travel
● General Travel Information
● Domestic Travel
● International Travel
Travel Recommendations by Destination (By Country)
International Air Travel Expectations
International Air Travel Testing Requirements
● After You Travel
● Quarantine Guidance If You Are Fully Vaccinated
● Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Traveling
Honey Creek Community School and the Washtenaw County Health Department
will be following all CDC travel guidance and recommendations, and Honey Creek
Community School expects everyone in our school community to do so as well. If
Honey Creek Community School you anticipate needing to quarantine after upcoming travel, please contact Al Waters, email@example.com .
While we are all excited to return to some “normal” activities, we must remain cautious
in order to prevent another surge of COVID-19 cases. Please continue masking up and
social distancing. Monitor yourself for any symptoms and keep practicing healthy
hygiene habits. If and when you are able, please consider getting adults in your
Thank you for your continued support and partnership as we all work together to keep
our community safe and healthy.
Honey Creek Community School
March 12, 2021
Honey Creek Community School In-person Learning Guidelines
a. Masks must be worn properly, covering mouths and noses, by all people in the
building unless medically prohibited. Documentation of medical prohibition must
be provided to the Executive Director prior to students return to in-person
learning. Note: Many High Point Students do not wear masks.
b. Masks must be washed daily.
c. If students forget their mask, one will be provided for them.
2. Health Checks and Protocols
a. An online health assessment survey will be completed for each student the
evening before each school day. Teachers will monitor the surveys for their
b. Students displaying symptoms of illness, including coughing, sneezing, or fever,
will be immediately sent home and must either produce a negative test to return
or isolate for 10 days and be fever free for 24 hours.
c. Students displaying symptoms will wait outside with an administrator for an adult
to pick them up.
d. All adults entering the building must complete a Google survey health check.
Non-staff must show a screenshot of the survey to an administrator before
leaving the office or entryway.
a. Students in the classroom with a student who is sent home sick: If their
classmate tests positive for COVID, all students in the class must quarantine for
a minimum of 10 days and may return to school if they are symptom free after 10
days. If their classmate receives a negative COVID test, the whole class may
return when test results are received.
b. Students who are a direct contact with a person with confirmed or suspected
COVID are expected to quarantine for 10 days (e.g. a household member has
c. If a student in a 4-5 classroom test positive for Covid -19, that
d. Drop-off and Pick-up
e. Family members are not allowed in the building without permission from
f. Adults waiting with students must wear masks at all times.
g. Staggered student entrances will be used in conjunction with windowed drop-off
times. Students will enter through the outside entrance nearest to their
h. Windowed student release times will be utilized to minimize crowding. You may
meet your student by their entrance door or ask them to walk to the curb at the
front of the building. Please maintain a safe distance from others at all times.
4. Social Distancing
a. 6’ social distancing will be maintained at all times. Floors will be marked with 6’
distances in areas where students are likely to congregate (e.g. Bathrooms,
b. Signage will be posted in public areas advising social distancing and masking
c. There will be no intermingling of classes in order to keep students in the same
groups across school hours.
5. Cleaning and Sanitizing
a. All students and staff must sanitize or wash hands upon entrance to and exit from
a classroom, with additional times determined by their classroom teacher.
b. Sanitizer stations will be placed in each classroom.
c. Student materials will be individual as much as is possible and will be located at
or near their desks in order to maximize distancing between students.
d. Any shared materials will be sanitized each day.
e. Students will keep their personal belongings with them in the classroom rather
than using lockers.
a. Students will be asked to bring their own snack and full water bottle each day.
Water bottles should be taken home each night, washed, and refilled.
b. Families will be alerted by their classroom teacher if there is an in-person student
with food allergies in their classroom.
c. Snack will take place outside with students maintaining social distancing. In the
case of inclement weather, small groups will be taken to an unused classroom to
d. Lunches will not take place at school until we are in the “optional hybrid
instruction” phase in order to reduce risk of virus transmission. Instead, we will
have a half-day in-person schedule for students. When students are able to eat
lunch on campus (see cases numbers required for “optional hybrid instruction” on
the back-to-school plan), lunch will be staggered to allow students to maintain
social distancing with masks off for eating.
Daily Classes & Routine
● In-person instruction will occur (for those who chose it) every weekday with staggered
start times and a noon dismissal.
● Drop-off times at door nearest classroom: All students to arrive between 8:00 and 8:10
am and picked up between 11:55 am and 12:05 pm:
○ K -1 Will use the door nearest their classrooms. This is the first set of doors
along the main drive. Students will enter through the left hand door and be
directed in their pod area.
○ 2-3 Students will enter through the door of the circle drive on Holmes Road.
Drop off students near the flagpole.
○ 4-5 Students will enter through the main entrance and be directed to their
○ MS Students will enter through the first set of doors along the drive. This is the
same set of doors used by K/1. Students will enter through the right hand door
and be directed up the stairs to their classroom.
○ Student arrival and departure will be monitored by staff.
● K/1 and 2/3 Students will stay with their base class in their base classroom for
● Specials that occur before pick-up (elementary only) will take place in base classrooms
with specials teachers streaming video into the home classroom.
● Recess will be staggered to allow for students to maintain social distancing with masks.
Recess activities will take place in the fields to allow for appropriate distancing.
● 4-5 and middle school students will circulate between classrooms for the various
subjects. Work stations will be sanitized between classes.
● 4-5 and middle school students will need to bring their Chromebooks to school each day
and bring them home for base and specials in the afternoon each day.
● Weekly schedules will be shared by base teachers once class numbers have been
● Assignments and materials will continue to be available through Otus for both in-person
and online students.
Teacher Plans by Grade-Level
K-1 will have two in-person teachers, and two online teachers.
● Stephanie Yambrick and Elka Francisco will teach in-person.
● Students in Stephanie Yambrick’s class who return to in-person will remain in Stephanie’s
● The other remaining in-person students will be divided between Stephanie Y.’s and Elka F.’s
classes to create equal class numbers.
● Stephanie Boling and Alexa Korpal will remain online.
● Students in Stephanie B.’s or Alexa’s class who remain online will remain in their current
● Students from Stephanie Yambrick’s class who choose to remain online will be assigned to
Stephanie B’s or Alexa’s class.
2-3 will have two in-person teachers .
● Mary Bassett and Salli Kropp will teach in-person.
● Students in Mary’s and Salli’s classes who return in-person will remain in their classes.
● Students from Jeannie’s class who return in-person will be divided between the two
in-person classrooms to create equal class numbers.
● Mary and Salli will be supported by a co-teacher.
● Jeannie will remain online.
● Those students remaining online will be placed in Jeannie’s online class.
4-5 will take a hybrid approach with all teachers teaching in-person and online simultaneously.
● Students will keep their base teacher.
● Students remaining online will join live instruction on Zoom.
● Students attending in-person will be instructed by all three teachers, rotating in their base
class as their cohort.
● Base class meetings will take place in the afternoons, with all students online.
Middle school will take a hybrid approach with all teachers teaching in-person and online
● Students remaining online will join live instruction on zoom.
● Students will rotate through their academic classes with their math group as a cohort, having
two academic classes per day Monday through Thursday and Fridays will be all four classes
● Base classes will only meet as a group in the afternoon.
Frequently Asked Questions
● Will there be minimum standards for masks? As a public school, we are unable to
mandate a particular type of mask. However, we recommend that families adhere to the
CDC guidelines, which include 3-layer masks, either cloth or disposable. All masks
provided by the school are either purchased, medical grade masks, or masks made
utilizing cotton, polyester, and appropriate filter material.
● Will there be transportation? No. We are unable to contract transportation services at
this time. If you are comfortable, you may be able to coordinate transportation with