LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Important to keep us all healthy
To the Elk Rapids Community,
First of all, I would like to thank you for all of your support at T.J. Charlies. We thank you very much.
I would also like to thank you for actively practicing social distancing! I know it isn’t easy, but it’s important to keep ourselves and our neighbors healthy.
Thank you again from all of us at T.J. Charlies.
Elk Rapids Schools update
Dear Elk Rapids Staff and Parents,
By now many or most of you have seen or heard the directive from the Governor of the State of Michigan who issued a Stay at Home order. Along with this communication, she also indicated that school would not resume any earlier than April 13, 2020. The original date was April 6, 2020 and we wanted to be sure that no one missed this communication.
In the meantime, I am in constant communication with the superintendents in the region, ISD personnel, and healthcare officials regarding all of our challenges that lie ahead relative to COVID-19. To date, I have no information to share that hasn’t already been shared out on state and federal levels. Superintendents across the state are waiting to hear from our Governor or the Department of Education whether these missed days of school will be forgiven. We will communicate to our staff, parents and community important information specific to plans for the remainder of the school year as those details are made aware to us.
In the meantime, the health and safety of our students, staff and community remains our highest priority. Any change in plans relative to the current online learning and food service programs will also be communicated out as they develop.
We thank you for your cooperation and understanding in these most difficult of times.
Superintendent, Elk Rapids Schools
Use more awareness and good sense during this time
I preface this letter by saying, my comments are not meant as criticism, but as reminders to us all.
Recently, a couple I know well, returned home to northern Michigan early from wintering in Florida. They voluntarily self-quarantined in their home for two weeks because they were coming from a different locale and wanted to not carry possible viruses to others.
This caused thoughts of those who live elsewhere (larger metropolitan areas perhaps) but have vacation homes here. Some came recently for a weekend or to stay longer, “to get away from it all,” as some stated in referring to COVID-19. Going to restaurants after arriving here, without a period of staying home away from others, is not a good idea. This was prior to the order to close restaurants, etc.
These observations bring to mind that we all, whether visitor, part-time resident, or full-time resident, need to use more awareness, good sense, and caring for the health of ourselves and others than usual during outbreaks of any viral disease.
Whether by order or not, do things like give the cashier in the grocery store more space…they are on the line seeing people all day, etc.
Katherine Vermeersch, Rapid City
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