Superintendent’s Message

Friday, August 27

Getting Ready to Return

Good afternoon/Buenas tardes,

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We are busy getting ready to welcome students and staff back to school. As we prepare to return on the 7th, please be sure to check your email. While many of you are used to receiving a packet of information, we have moved to electronic communications as much as possible. The information is now being shared via email and our website. If it seems that you are missing information or updates, please check your spam folder.

It's also important to note that any time we send all school messages, we also post them online at the Principal's Message or Superintendent's Message links. Principal McClure sent out a welcome letter last week that was chock-full of important information about our return to school. It included information about teacher letters and supplies, updating school enrollment forms and contact information, meals, sports, COVID protocols, transportation, class lists (now posted!), etc... It has been posted on the website for your reference.Please pay careful attention the the school arrival and departure times and procedures.

If you have filled out the request for transportation form in Final Forms, beginning on Monday will start sending emails to the email address provided with pick-up/drop-off times and bus stop locations. We will also mail that information to the address provided in your updated enrollment forms. As we streamline our routing protocols, it is likely that something may get missed. Please be patient with us as work out the kinks, and call Mike Urbano, our new transportation director at 231-271-8601,if you filled out a request but do not receive an email on Monday. We can add in-district households to our routes.

We also have four depot stops, one at the VFW Hall, one at St. Wenceslaus Church, one at Sugarfoot Saloon, and one at O'Brien Rd just off of 641 for any out of district students who wish to ride the bus. It's important to note that we no longer have a depot stop at the Bingham Boat Launch. Students who were picked up there and along 641 south of O'Brien Road will need to get picked up at the O'Brien Road depot stop.

Please be sure that immunization documentation has been provided for all Kindergarten/Young 5students, 7th graders, and new students to Leland. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services rules state that a student cannot attend school without the proper immunization documentation on file with the school. Please visit the MDHHS website and here for more information or help. We would love to start the year with 100% compliance. Additionally, for information about the COVID vaccines and area vaccine clinics, click here.

I hope you all enjoy these last days of summer before we welcome you and your children back to school. It's an exciting time and we are eager to see you all back!

Warmly,

Stephanie




Tuesday, August 17

Good afternoon! Buena tarde!

I'm so excited to welcome everyone back for the 2021-2022 school year! As we get ready to return, I'd like to share some information that will help us all have a smooth transition for our first day with students, Tuesday, September 7th. 

Last night the school board approved our COVID return to school decision-making process which can also be found on our school's website. Please take some time to review the traffic light message.  We will begin the year in the yellow precautionary mode which means universal masking. The presentation defines each level - Standard, Precautionary, and Full Mitigation - and includes information about volunteers, extra-curricular activities, quarantine and close contacts, etc...It also provides information regarding the rationale and considerations for moving from one mode to another. 

An announcement went out yesterday from the Benzie Leelanau District Health Department, and you should have received an email from us this morning regarding a vaccine clinic to be held at Leland on Monday, August 23rd, from 3:00 - 6:00 pm. We are strongly encouraging all eligible students to get a vaccine. Sign up information is here or you can call 231-256-0200 to register.  

Additionally, we are excited to announce that we have entered into a cooperative agreement with Suttons Bay Schools for a transportation director. Mr. Mike Urbano at Suttons Bay will be coordinating our transportation routes. If you have not yet filled out the updated registration form in Final Formsplease do so ASAP. We sent a note earlier this summer asking that all families, returning and new, follow the process of updating student information via Final Forms. The transportation request is included in the updated registration/contact information form, and Mr. Urbano will be creating bus routes based on the information you provide there. If you have any concerns or questions about your child's bus route, please contact him at urbanom@suttonsbayschools.com. Routes are currently being developed, and there will be changes from last year. The most significant changes will reflect that LPS and SB will no longer be picking up students in neighboring districts, but rather we will have depot stops inside district boundaries. A letter that identifies your child's stop and pick up/drop off time will be mailed. If you have not received information regarding your child's route before August 30th and you have submitted your transportation request via Final Forms, please contact Mr. Urbano. 

Teacher welcome letters and supplies list will be posted to our school website this week. Mrs. McClure, our principal, will notify you when those have been posted. 

Last, we will be updating our website this week and redesigning it this year to to reflect the most current information in a user friendly way, including a translation feature for those who would like to access information in a different language. Our website will remain the most convenient place to find information about school. 

Para leer esta carta en español, haga clic aquí y seleccione Español en el menú Idioma en la parte superior de la pantalla.

I'm so excited to begin a new school with you. Have a wonderful August, and we'll see you on September 7th!

Stephanie Long

Superintendent

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