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Return To School

Dear UCS Parents/Guardians,

On behalf of the entire UCS community, I want to wish you the best for a happy and peaceful New Year. On Monday, we will begin the second semester of the 2021-2022 school year. With your support and the mitigation strategies utilized in our multi-layered approach to COVID-19 our schools continue moving forward with the goal we set at the beginning of the school year – to provide full days of in-person instruction for our students.

Your partnership is even more important as we return from the holidays with the Omicron surge taking place throughout our state and across the country. We expect this surge will further strain the staffing challenges we are experiencing in our schools and key positions throughout the district. It is critical that we have the personnel necessary to meet the needs of our families. Providing our students and staff a safe and effective learning environment as we return will take all of us working together.

We have been in regular conversations with the Macomb County Health Department regarding recent trends and information from national and state officials. As has been a consistent part of our health protocols, face coverings are a mitigation strategy that we are strongly recommending along with local health officials for our staff and students. If your child does not feel well, they need to remain home. We will continue to make further adjustments in schools or classrooms where we are experiencing an increased impact of COVID-19, including requiring face coverings or going to remote learning in specific areas on a temporary basis.

2021-2022 School Year

 

Since the start of the pandemic, we have consistently worked together using strategies that allow us to evaluate our environment, make the necessary adjustments, and continue our move forward. The information shared in this letter is another step in that direction. The long-term goal remains to give our students the stability of consistent full, in-person instruction.

Thank you again for your continued partnership. Time and time again, this community has demonstrated their resilience and commitment at times when COVID-19 has tested our collective strength. We need to continue to take care of ourselves, our families and each other. Most importantly, it is critical that we work together on behalf of the 26,000 students who depend on us for their future success.

Sincerely,

Robert S. Monroe

Superintendent of Schools