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March 23, 2020 - Mandated School Closure Update

Governor Whitmer has extended the closure of all K-12 school buildings for an additional week, in an executive order issued today.  At this time, we expect school to be back in session on Monday, April 13. Grand Traverse Academy will be closed until that time; questions or concerns may be directed to Mr. Coneset via his direct desk line, (231) 932-6025, and he will return calls as he is able. Please know that we will be in contact with you as quickly as possible whenever further factual information is available.  Thank you for your understanding, and stay safe.

March 19, 2020 - Scheduled Board Meeting Procedure

Grand Traverse Academy will be holding its regularly scheduled monthly Board of Directors meeting on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 1:00 pm in the Onyx 1 classroom.  With respect to public safety, as well as public participation in the meeting, we will stream the meeting using Google Meetings.  Individuals who wish to attend the meeting virtually may do so by clicking the link provided below, followed by clicking on "Join Meeting."  Please mute your microphone to prevent interference with others.

Board meeting link:  GTA Board Meeting 3/20/20
 
Participation in the Public Comment section of the meeting will be achieved using the Google Meetings chat feature.  Individuals who have comments are asked to type them in and all comments will be read to the board.

March 18, 2020 - School Closure Details 

As we all continue to work through the impact of COVID-19 on our entire community, we would like to provide you with some updates as to how GTA is responding. We understand that the school closure ordered by the governor has brought about a level of uncertainty for us all. We will continue to update our Facebook page and website as information comes in to us, and will send information via email to update you on how we are responding.

  • Facilities staff has begun taking further measures to deep clean all spaces. 
  • Instructional staff have been sending out enrichment activities as an option for students to keep their brains activated. These are in no way required, and if you have limited or no access, please contact your teacher(s).
  • There are limited staff in the building throughout the closure if you have additional needs. Please feel welcome to call Mr. Coneset's direct desk line at (231) 932-6025 and he can route your request to the appropriate person.
  • We will continue to connect via email and phone with your student(s) to maintain our relationships.

We will continue to provide you with information as the situation develops. Please check our Facebook page throughout each day for the most recent updates, as well as some fun at-home activities. Know that your family is important to us, and we thank you for sharing your children with us!

March 13, 2020 - Athletics 

As you know, we have been monitoring the rapidly changing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and are committed to keeping you safe, while working to limit the disruption to academics and athletics as much as possible. 

Late last night Governor Whitmer announced the closure of all Michigan K-12 schools to students starting March 16 in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Governor identified that this is not only to protect the students and their families, but overall public health. We at TC Christian/Grand Traverse Academy support these efforts to mitigate the impact of the virus in our community.  

Starting today as of 11:00 am, all TC Christian/Grand Traverse Academy athletics are suspended.  This means all games, practices, open gyms, etc. will not happen for the three weeks school is closed. It is our intention to resume on Monday, April 6 and we will be communicating in the coming weeks what that will look like as early games and matches could be cancelled to allow time to practice and get our teams ready prior to competition.  Athletes may contact coaches for individual workouts.  

Given the highly volatile nature of the pandemic, we recognize this situation may change and we will continue to monitor this situation and communicate with you as we have additional information. Thank you for sharing your children with us, as well as your patience and understanding. 

Micah Gallegos, Athletic Director/Principal, TC Christian 
mgallegos@tcchristian, (231) 929-1747

Matt GormanAthletic Director, Grand Traverse Academy 
gormanm@mygta.us, (231) 932-6909

March 13, 2020 - Mandated Temporary School Closure

Last night at approximately 11:00 pm Governor Whitmer ordered the closure of all K-12 school buildings for three weeks, beginning Monday, March 16, in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Please read the entire news release below and know that we will be in contact with you as quickly as possible whenever further factual information is available.  At this time, we will plan to see everyone back at school on Monday, April 6.  We thank you for your understanding as we navigate this unprecedented situation together. 

Governor Whitmer Announces Statewide Closure of All K-12 School Buildings
School building closures will last Monday, March 16 through Sunday, April 5 

LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that in order to slow the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan, she is ordering the closure of all K-12 school buildings, public, private, and boarding, to students starting Monday, March 16 until Sunday, April 5. School buildings are scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 6. 

As of tonight, the number of presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan is 12. 

“This is a necessary step to protect our kids, our families, and our overall public health,” said Governor Whitmer. “I am working with partners across state government to ensure educators, parents, and students have the support they need during this time, and to ensure our children who rely on school for meals have access to food. I know this will be a tough time, but we’re doing this to keep the most people we can safe. I urge everyone to make smart choices during this time and to do everything they can to protect themselves and their families. 

“Closing our K-12 school buildings is the responsible choice that will minimize the risk of exposure for children, educators, and families and mitigate the spread of coronavirus,” said Michigan State Superintendent Michael Rice. “The Department of Education will continue to work closely with our partners in state government to help our students and educators in each school district get through this time. This is about protecting the most people in Michigan.” 

Governors across the country, including Mike DeWine (R-OH), Andy Beshear (D-KY), and Larry Hogan (R-MD), have taken similar steps to close schools and ensure the protection of children and families in their states. 

“Closing our school buildings is the smart thing and the right thing to do for the public’s health,” said Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “These actions will help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan. I will continue to work with Governor Whitmer and our four COVID-19 task forces to ensure we protect our children, our families, and our communities.”  

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 to: 

  • 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. 

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at  Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus. 

March 12, 2020 - Event Cancellations 

The TBAISD Superintendents Association, which includes superintendents from school districts in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau counties, has been working closely with local health departments and monitoring Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance. We are taking all necessary precautions to prevent and limit the spread of COVID-19. To that end, the superintendents of the region have collectively agreed to take the following necessary action to prioritize the health and safety of students, staff, and community. 

Effective immediately, the school districts in the TBAISD region will be following guidance regarding large gatherings (100 or more people in the audience) provided by the Governor of the State of Michigan, Michigan Department of Education, and the Michigan High School Athletic Association. In response to the State of Emergency, all school district activities will adhere to the recommendation to limit spectators and/or audiences to less than 100 people with the intent to limit the spread of COVID-19. Each school district will advise on specific audience procedures. 

The ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 outbreak has led us to this unprecedented situation. As we monitor new developments daily, we will continue to provide timely communication as critical factual information regarding the outbreak is updated by health authorities. 

As a region of school leaders, we are taking these difficult but necessary precautionary measures even though we recognize that this may cause inconvenience for some. We must prioritize the health and safety of students, staff, and community. 

Grand Traverse Academy remains committed to our mission that all students are safe, loved, and learning as they achieve excellence in character and academics. We will notify families of changes to any events outside of the school day through our normal communication processes as timely as possible. We also urge you to consider your own health condition before visiting school, and help the greater community prevent the spread of disease by exercising good hygiene practices as recommended by the Health Department.

Below is a list of GTA events that will be impacted in the coming days:

  • Java Jam:  March 12, 6:00 PM - Cancelled
  • Secondary Choir Concert:  March 13, 6:00 PM - Cancelled
  • Elementary Volleyball:  March 14, 9:00 AM - Cancelled
  • International Travel Club Europe Trip:  March 16-30 - Postponed, TBD

Please watch for any further information as it becomes available.