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2020-2021 School Opening Requirements
July 1, 2020

WC Community

Without question, we are all trying to absorb the information presented by Governor Whitmer in her press conference yesterday.  I just wanted to clarify a few items as we move forward:
  • White Cloud Public Schools and all other Newaygo County Schools are in Phase 4 currently.  The Governor made mention and displayed a map showing the "Risk" areas and that we could potentially move to Phase 3, but that has yet to be determined.  If we are deemed to be in Phase 3,  remote learning will be the only option until our region moves to Phase 4 or higher.
  • The below information is not optional and is required.  WCPS and other public schools will have to abide by the regulations set forth by the State of Michigan dependent upon what region and phase we are in.
Highlighted below some of the basics of the MI Safe Schools 2020-21 Return to School Roadmap:

The Governor will determine the "when" and "where"---whether schools can reopen (or need to close) for in-person instruction.  However, your local school officials, including district superintendents and school boards, will determine the "how"- the mode of instruction (in-person, hybrid, or remote), each grade's curriculum, and support services for students and staff--based on the parameters established by the Governor and local needs and context.

Will my child be required to wear a facial covering in school?

Both the U. S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and MDHHS have concluded that facial coverings help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to others, especially those at higher risk of illness.  As such, your child may be required to wear a facial covering, depending on the child's grade and which phase their district is in.  Schools may choose to implement stronger safety protocols to further minimize the spread of COVID-19.
  • Students in grades Pre K-5 are not required to wear a facial covering in classrooms.
  • Any student who cannot medically tolerate a facial covering must not be required to wear one.
  • Facial coverings are not required, but strongly recommended in Phase 5 of the MI Safe Start Plan
  • In Phase 4 of the MI Safe Start Plan, facial coverings are required for:
     -Pre K-12 students while on school transportation.
     -Students in grades 6-12 at all times except during meals.
     -Students in grades Pre K-5 when in hallways and common areas.

Will my child's teacher be required to wear a facial covering in school?

In certain phases, yes.
  • In Phase 5 of the MI Safe Start Plan, facial coverings are not required.
  • In Phase 4 of the MI Safe Start Plan, teachers and staff are required to wear facial coverings, except during meals.
  • Any teacher or staff who cannot medically tolerate a facial covering must not be required to wear one.
  • Schools may choose to implement stronger safety protocols to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Will my student have their temperature checked before getting on the bus or entering the school building?

The MI Safe Schools Roadmap does not require schools to check a student's temperature.  However, schools may choose to implement stronger safety protocols than those required by the Roadmap.

What about sports?

School athletics may continue in Phases 4-6, with some required health and safety protocols.  Schools will be directed to follow guidance published by the Michigan High School Athletic Association and the National Federation of State High School Associations.

What about other extracurricular activities (e.g. band, choir, after-school programs)?

Extracurricular activities may continue in Phases 4-6, with some required health and safety protocols.

Is my child going to have in-person instruction this year?

In developing this Roadmap, the Governor, the Return to School Advisory Council, and the COVID-19 Task Force's goal was to maximize the amount of in-person instruction students receive while preserving the health and safety of students, teachers, and staff.  In doing so, the Roadmap outlines the minimum health and safety requirements necessary for schools to reopen for in-person instruction.

How can I get communication about changes as things develop?

COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plans for each phase will need to be approved by your local school board and submitted to the State of Michigan.  The plans are required to be posted prominently on the front page of the district's website so you can read and understand your school's plans for the 2020-21 school year.

Am I allowed to visit my child at school?

The Roadmap does not prohibit parents or other visitors from entering school buildings, though schools may choose to limit parents and visitors entering school buildings for extenuating circumstances.

What happens if a child or staff member gets sick at school?

Schools are required to cooperate with the local health department regarding implementing protocols for screening students and staff.  If a student becomes ill with symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, schools should quarantine them until they can be picked up by a parent or guardian.  Symptomatic students and staff should be kept home until they have tested negative or have been released from isolation according to the CDC guidelines. 

What happens if a child or staff member tests positive for COVID-19?  Will we know who tested positive?

  • Following regular public health practice, the local health department will initiate contact tracing to identify those who were in close contact to the individual (i.e., less than six feet apart for less at least fifteen minutes).  
  • Those who were in close contact will be asked to self-quarantine for up to 14 days after exposure.  Local health officials, depending on the situation, may identify other exposure situations that require quarantine.  School staff and officials, in accordance with federal and state privacy laws, are barred from disclosing student and staff health information, including whether a specific individual tested positive for COVID-19.

Next Steps Moving forward:

  • White Cloud Administration will review the MI Safe Schools 2020-21 Return to School Roadmap.
  • Community Survey will go out mid-July
  • White Cloud Virtual School options
  • Building Administrators and Building School Improvement Teams will determine and focus on creating plans geared toward Safety Protocols, Mental & Social Emotional Well Being, Instruction, and Operations associated with each phase and for each building.

I know undoubtedly this raises more questions and concerns currently but does create a roadmap moving forward. As things develop, we will continue to keep you informed.  


Ed Canning
White Cloud Public Schools

Graduation for Class of 2020
Class of 2020

Due to pending regulations, we have set tentative dates and plans for your commencement ceremony on July 23rd. Practice on the football field is scheduled for Tuesday, July 21st @ 10:00 a.m. Please wear Orange and Black for the class photo. The practice is mandatory for you to participate in the graduation ceremony.

We hope to have specific details on the number of guests that will be allowed to attend the ceremony closer to mid-July.

Please watch for updates on of the following options: White Cloud Community FB page, the Virtual program FB page, the College Advisor FB page, WCPS FB page, and the WCPS website.

Kindergarten Round-Up
To access the Kindergarten Round-Up page click the link below.
White Cloud Summer Meals

White Cloud Community: 

Starting Monday, June 8, 2020, and running thru Thursday, June 25, 2020 meals will be provided via pick up only at the White Cloud Junior High gym lobby entrance.

Bus Deliveries will stop after Friday, June 5, 2020. Meal pick up time will remain from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Thursday’s meals will contain meals for both Thursday and Friday.

Our intention is to offer some type of meals after June 25, 2020, but at this time we are not sure what that will look like. Please check our website frequently for updates.

2020-2021 School Year Planning
Please use the link above to download a letter regarding the planning of the 2020-2021 School Year.
Annual Education Report (AER)
Please use the above link to download White Cloud Public Schools 2019-20 Annual Education Report

To the Families, Community, Staff, and Students of White Cloud Public Schools,

It is with great PRIDE and enthusiasm that I am writing this to all of you. I am honored and humbled to continue to be a part of White Cloud Public Schools Community, where every student has every opportunity to succeed!

Our efforts throughout White Cloud Public Schools remain aggressive, while we continue to improve in all areas of service.  The development of our Strategic Plan will provide the framework for years to come.  This plan focuses on student growth and academic achievement, promote student, staff, and community PRIDE and collaboration, facility improvements, and being fiscally responsible.

We cherish the relationships that we have with our students, their immediate and extended families, and our residents/community.  We encourage all stakeholders within our community to take full advantage of the opportunities that White Cloud Public Schools has to offer.  We encourage that academics, arts, athletics, extracurriculars, attitude, and accountability are most important and are the key to long term success for students.

We, at White Cloud Public Schools, understand and recognize the needs of our students and are determined to provide every opportunity for them to succeed!  In support of our true commitment to the whole child, we have continued mental health support within our school community and from connections with outside resources and agencies. We continue to strengthen our MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Supports) within our Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports initiatives.   We look forward to improving student outcomes because of this investment in meeting the social and emotional needs of our students, as well as, their academic needs. 

Let’s continue to embrace and celebrate that White Cloud and White Cloud Public Schools District meets the needs of the entire family.  Through teaching, coaching, mentoring, and guiding students throughout the district each day, we invite you to be a part of our continued efforts and success.  By working as an effective professional learning community to make certain our students understand the importance of an education and are provided opportunities and exposure that increase their individual expectations to help them reach their goals and dreams.


Ed Canning

Superintendent White Cloud Pubic Schools

“The mission of the White Cloud Public School Community is to provide a quality learning environment promoting continuous improvement and lifelong learning for all.”

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