Bill Newby

Message from GLS District 36

Superintendent of Schools
Dr. William Newby

August 1, 2021

Dear Grass Lake District #36 Students, Parents, Staff, and Community,

 Back to School and COVID-19 version 2.0

Didn’t school just end? I hope you are having a refreshing and relaxing summer as we rapidly approach the start of the 2021-2022 school year August 17, 2021. We have been busy working on the details of our return to full in-person instruction. Below, I have listed some of the most important details of our Back to School and COVID-19 version 2.0:

  • We will be able to maintain the CDC social distancing guidance of at least 3-foot

  • Masks will be strongly recommended but not mandated. Those who want their child to attend without a mask must sign a waiver. The District will be monitoring COVID data and may make changes to this mitigation if the data supports such a change

  • Lunch will be held in both the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) and additionally in the basement to provide for 6-foot social distancing during lunch

  • HEPA air scrubbers will be in every classroom

  • The District will provide SHIELD testing to identify COVID-19 cases that are asymptomatic and in some cases pre-symptomatic. These tests are saliva tests where a student spits in a tube. These tests will identify COVID infections early and reduce the spread and prevent outbreaks that could close the entire school. Results are received within 24 hours. Parents may opt out of this testing

  • We will continue to have parents certify before sending their child(ren) to school that their child(ren) does not have any COVID symptoms

  • All students will be in-person

  • Pre-K will be back with 2 sessions. Morning 9-11:30 and afternoon 12:15-2:45

  • Art, Music and Physical Education will be held at school with modifications for COVID protocols

  • We will be having athletics and after school activities

  • We will be hosting some after school “Learning Recovery” programs

We recognize that COVID-19 has changed the way we operate our school, and this is an evolving situation. I will be hosting a parent forum on Thursday, August 5, 2021, at 6pm to discuss these changes and answer any questions you may have about the upcoming school year. The link for the meeting is below:

Parent Forum
Thu, Aug 5, 2021 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (CDT)

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

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I am very excited that all students will be back in school for instruction! I am looking forward to partnering with staff, parents, and students to make sure that this year is safe, nurturing, and productive!

See you August 17th!


William Newby Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Grass Lake District # 36