Update to School Closure

March 23, 2020


Dear Parents and Community Members,


This afternoon, Governor Whitmer issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order effective until Monday, April 13, 2020.  The executive order states that businesses and operations temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life.  The order mandates that schools extend their mandatory shutdown until Monday, April 13, 2020. Please keep in mind that this information may change.


Additionally, under Executive Order 2020-21, all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring among persons outside a single household are temporarily prohibited. People may leave the house to perform for limited, necessary purposes, and may engage in outdoor activities like walking, hiking, running, cycling, or any other recreational activity, consistent with remaining at least six feet from people from outside a person’s household and with other restrictions imposed by prior executive orders. 


Governor Whitmer is working to ensure that children who rely on the food provided by schools will have the resources they need. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has developed an online map for families to find meals. Families can access the map at: https://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/schoolnutrition/



Many questions are being asked regarding graduation, prom and other events that are on the school calendar.  At this time, all events are on hold until further notice.  


Sack Lunches During Stay Home, Stay Safe:

Effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020 sack lunches will be distributed on Tuesdays and Fridays at all four locations throughout the district.  Whittemore-Prescott believes that providing this service is necessary to sustain and/or protect life. If you would like to volunteer to help pack lunches please contact Melissa Gohl via email at gohlm@wpas.net.


3rd Marking Period Grades:

Third marking period grades will be closed and recorded effective immediately.  Fourth card marking timelines will be announced at a later date.



All buildings will remain closed during the executive order effective at 11:59pm, Monday, March 23.  The buildings will be deep cleaned and sanitized prior to employees and students being allowed back into the building. 


Patients with confirmed infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:    

  • Fever       

  • Cough       

  • Shortness of breath       


The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is:  

  • If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.       

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.         

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.         

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.         

  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.         

  • If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.        

  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting.       


Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.


Joseph J. Perrera, Ed.S.




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