January 29, 2021

Dear Hayes Parents, 

As we are rounding out our fourth week of the second trimester, we wanted to pass along a few reminders to keep you informed and up-to-date, which is challenging in this ever-changing environment. 

Limited In-Person Return Updates

As Dr. Chapin has noted in his most recent correspondence this past Wednesday, we are looking at Monday, February 22nd or Monday, March 1st as potential start dates for our limited in-person instruction, which hinges upon current data trends in accordance with our district-developed metric. At this time, we continue to prepare for limited in-person instruction.  Once Dr. Chapin communicates a date for return, we will immediately send our in-person return students and families our “Limited In-Person Return Handbook” via email with videos and additional updates to follow.  

Students returning for limited in-person instruction will need to bring in their devices each day.  While some personal laptops and chromebooks may work here at Hayes, we encourage our students returning for limited in-person instruction to obtain a school-issued chromebook.  Chromebooks can be obtained directly from Hayes, and our office is open Monday-Friday from 8am-3pm.  Our secretaries will assist with this process in the main office.  

MTSS Team Updates

Our MTSS team continues to meet each week to address the dynamic needs of our students at this time.  Our team members have been in communication with parents of struggling students to provide supports and interventions to help students through this difficult time.  In addition, we continue to make calls regarding attendance and academic progress.  Please note that these calls are sent out in a mass format, and we cannot isolate certain students or families from these calls.  Therefore, if you have communicated with us about your child’s attendance and/or academic concerns and you continue to receive these calls, we appreciate your understanding and patience.  Over the next few weeks, the data we use to populate these calls (attendance and grades) will shift slightly.  

Human Trafficing

As we close out Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we want to make you aware of how this can hit close to home. In Montrose, Michigan, just about an hour from here, a 15 year old girl had been doing what many of our students do online: playing Fortnite, using Snapchat, and using Discord. Without her parents' knowledge, a 20 year old man began communicating with her via the chat functions in those platforms.

Over a period of a few weeks, the man continued talking with the girl, and made promises in an attempt to groom her. Unfortunately, he was able to build a trust relationship with her over time. He then drove from Toledo to Montrose where he ultimately allegedly kidnapped and assaulted her.  Thankfully, she was found in Ohio and returned home while the accused was arrested.

We share this story, not to scare you, but to help you be aware of what our students are experiencing, even close to home. When our kids are on Fortnite, or any other public platform, they can be talking with ANYONE around the world. Sometimes, a perpetrator will pretend to be a student at your child's school, or in your child's home, just so they can build a false sense of security.

To help combat this, sit with your kids when they are online. Have them talk with you about what they are sharing with others. Build a close relationship with them. If they say they are talking with a friend, ask them how they know that they are speaking with their friend. They are not yet adults and can be easily manipulated by those with sinister motives.

For more information on the above event, here is the story from MLive: https://www.mlive.com/news/flint/2021/01/man-takes-uber-from-toledo-to-montrose-to-kidnap-sexually-assault-teen-met-online-sheriff-says.html

Sports

At this time, we do not have any updated information regarding upcoming sporting events.  Boys’ basketball players should continue to monitor their emails closely as coaches will be communicating directly with players and parents with updates, and these updates could change daily.  

That is all that we have for now.  Please continue to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.  

Take care, 

Dave and Eric