Washington Elementary Update


Dear Washington Families,

I hope this communication finds you well. The Governor's highly anticipated executive order which went into effect yesterday, prohibited face to face learning for the remainder of the school year. Along with the announcement of ensuring our physical buildings remain closed came a 17-page document of clarifications, expectations and requirements.  

Our district is working to address the parameters of this executive order in order to provide all Romeo students with a continuity of learning during the school building closure. Fortunately, our efforts over the past three weeks to get students connected to online learning platforms, maintain their relationships with their teachers, and keep up their essential skills have left us well-positioned to address the requirements of this new executive order.  There is much preparation to be done, however, in order to ensure a smooth and effective transition into the district’s plan for the next phase of this unprecedented school closure. Here is what to expect over the next couple of weeks:

  • Spring Break April 6 - 10: All staff and students will observe spring break. Our staff has worked hard during these three weeks to adapt to this unexpected situation and I'm grateful they will have the next nine days to focus on themselves and their families. It is my hope that your students will also be able to press the pause button on school work for the next week and enjoy their spring break. 

  • The Week of April 13 - Staff Preparation: Romeo staff will reconvene (virtually) on Monday, April 13 to continue the vital process of planning for the remainder of the school year.  During this time, administrators and teachers will be working together to plan and prepare for our continuity of learning, based on newly released parameters from our Macomb Intermediate School District in accordance with the Governor’s executive order. 

  • The Week of April 13 - Student Learning: During the week of the 13th, elementary families can expect a continuation of the enrichment learning resources that have already been in place. Teachers will continue to post videos in Google Classroom. All classroom teachers will also invite their students to join a Google Hangout. K-5 students will access the Hangout link through their Google Classroom, and Young Fives parents will receive an email with the Hangout link. In addition, students will be encouraged to brush up on their skills using the learning opportunities we have previously provided. If your child has not yet connected to their teacher’s Google Classroom and the school-wide Google Classroom, it will be very important that they do so during the week of the 13th as this will be the K-5 elementary learning platform moving forward. If you have any difficulty accessing the Google Classroom, please reach out to your child’s teacher or to me. 

  • Continuity of Learning: Expect a parent communication detailing our district plan to meet the requirements within the executive order at the end of the week of April 13.  

Thank you to everyone for your patience, understanding, love and support during this unprecedented closure. I absolutely love seeing how our students have stayed engaged and connected these past three weeks and how quickly everyone adapted to our new normal. As we head into spring break I wanted to share with you a district wide collaboration which captures the essence of our amazing community and how much has been accomplished in this crisis.  #RFamilyLearns Slideshow  

Wishing your family a healthy and safe spring break,

Dana Hepner, Principal