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Update March 24, 2020

Dear Laker Parents,

I hope this email finds you and your family healthy and making the best of this difficult situation. A few notes about these next three weeks.

First, food distribution will continue each Monday from 9:00 a.m. until noon, including during spring break. I will send a weekly reminder.

Next, the State has received a waiver on testing so it is expected that M-STEP will be cancelled for this school year. Plans for the SAT and high school tests in AP and IB classes will be forthcoming from high school principal, Mike Gilchrist. For parents of juniors, the SAT test scheduled for April 14th has been postponed. Look for more information in an email from Mr. Gilchrist.

The current instructional plan will continue until April 3rd. While few if any of us will be traveling during spring break, the time from April 3rd through April 13th will serve as a break from our current routine.

Finally, the question has come up as to how these days will be counted toward the days and hours that are required of Michigan public schools. The short answer is that we simply do not know. That said, the Governor is well aware that an answer is necessary and that whatever decision is made, there will be complexity and unintended consequences that go along with it. It is critical that we continue to do as we have done over the course of this school closure while we await further clarification from the State.

As always, let me know if you have questions, comments, or concerns.


Dennis Furton, Superintendent

Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Update #3

Dear Laker Parents,

As we wrap up this week and look to the next three, I have a few additional notes to share:

  1. Central Office will be open throughout the next three weeks. We may run on shorter hours but staff will be on hand daily.   Our phone number is 846-5500.
    •   We will help coordinate technical support for student issued devices
    •   We can help with items left in lockers or classrooms that are needed at home
    •   Please use us as a resource for information over this extended break
  2. Expect communication from me as warranted and likely once per week. There are still many potentially disruptive scenarios in play.  Overall, this situation remains very fluid.
  3. The FAC will be closed until further notice.
  4. Community Childcare is closed through April 5th.
  5. All athletic practices, games, and scrimmages are cancelled through April 5th.
  6. We are working on a meal plan for students who qualify for F/R meals – if you believe your child qualifies, please email me.
  7. You will hear from your child’s building principal soon, if you haven’t already. We are coordinating efforts to continue learning over the break but this is much more about maintenance and continuity than it is about advancement.

As always, let us know what you need to know – if we haven’t covered it, ask.

Much appreciation to all our parents this week – you have been patient and supportive. Thank you.


Dennis Furton, Superintendent

345 Hammond St, Spring Lake MI 49456

(616) 846-5500

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