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Angela Nettleton

October 13, 2020 UPDATE

Hello Panther Family,

Today we were made aware of 2 positive COVID-19 cases in our school district.  We have been in communication with the Chippewa County Health Department (CCHD), and they have officially confirmed the cases to the district late this afternoon.  We are working closely with the Health Department to determine if any additional students, or staff members,  need to go into quarantine or isolation.


Based on communication with the Health Department, and due to the amount of positive cases, the number of close contacts who have been identified from our records, and the grade spans potentially affected, our administrative team has determined that our best course of action is to close the district today, October 13, 2020, and remain closed to all activity for the remainder of the week.  We will expect to resume face to face instruction on Monday, October 19th.  


Thank you for understanding that, due to medical privacy laws, we are not able to release the names or any other information regarding the individuals with COVID-19. We will continue to communicate changes and updates with you.  We will always keep the safety of our students and staff at the forefront of our decision making process. 


We are working closely with the CCHD to identify close contacts of school associated cases of COVID-19. Close contacts are defined as someone who was within 6 feet of the positive person for at least 15 minutes.  Anyone identified as a close contact will be notified by the health department as a part of the COVID-19 investigation process and be given instructions on what to do next, which may include assisting with the contact tracing efforts, quarantining or isolating, and/or contacting their primary care physician.  Please answer the phone if the health department contacts you, as a contact tracer may be trying to reach you with important information.  We ask that all students and staff fully cooperate with the CCHD so that the school can take appropriate action to prevent further spread of illness in our school and community.  Failure to provide accurate information in a timely manner to the health department may put the health and safety of others at risk.


We recommend taking action to help limit the spread of COVID-19, even if staff members or students are not experiencing symptoms:

  • Wear a mask (covering mouth and nose) while in public places or if people who do not live with you must visit your home.

  • Practice social distancing (maintaining a distance of 6 feet apart).

  • Practice frequent handwashing (using soap for 20 seconds or hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol).

  • Follow capacity restrictions of social gatherings. 

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or with the inside of your elbow and immediately wash your hands.

  • Stay home if you are sick; you can also get tested

If you have any questions, contact the Chippewa County Health Department at 253-3140 or 635-1566. For answers to your COVID-19 questions, please call the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 or visit  We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.  Thank you for doing your part to keep our school and community safe!

Angela Nettleton



October 7, 2020 UPDATE


Hello Panther Family! 
There has been quite a bit of information, and perhaps confusion, in the past few days regarding the announcement that the UP was moving back to Phase 4, the Michigan Supreme Court Decision ending the authority of the Governor's executive orders, and the Emergency order from the Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) that was released on Monday evening.   We have hesitated a bit to provide parents and families with an update, as we were not entirely sure what our new requirements were under all of the various orders.  Having taken some time to carefully analyze, we are now able to provide you with the following update:
1.  Our "Phase 5" Covid Preparedness and Response Plan was created by a team of staff and approved by our Board of Education.  We implemented all parts of our plan at the "Phase 5" level starting on the first day of school.  Our "Phase 4" Plan did not differ from our "Phase 5" Plan based on the guidelines we were given at the time.  We planned this deliberately so that our students would not have new requirements piled on if our region were to move back into a more restrictive "phase."    You can see a side by side comparison of our processes in the various "phases"  in our Return to Learning plan.
2.  On September 25th, Executive Order 2020-185 was signed, which imposed a new requirement that students in grades K-5 wear facial coverings in the classroom "if their district is located in a region that is in  Phase 4."  This did not change our procedures as we were not in "Phase 4" at that time.
3.  On Friday, October 2nd, in a flurry of activity, the UP was moved to "Phase 4" by Governor Whitmer and then, within an hour, the Michigan Supreme Court Decision was rendered which concluded that Governor Whitmer did not have the authority to issue Executive Orders after April 30, 2020.  This left us wondering if we would be held to "Phase 4" requirements or not.  Our District determined that we would wait for further guidance before making any changes.
4.  Further guidance came in the form of an Emergency Order from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) late Monday afternoon.  This Emergency order states, in part
"... schools, and other operations must not allow indoor gatherings of any kind unless they require individuals to wear a face covering... the requirement to wear a face covering does not apply to individuals who: (a) Are younger than five years old"
5.  The district must comply with the MDHHS Emergency Order.  This means that students in grades K-6 must wear face coverings in the classroom, in addition to on the bus and during hallway transitions.  The only exceptions to the requirement are when students are eating or drinking, or when appropriately distanced, to the extent feasible, at outdoor recess (or gym class). 
The new order is effective immediately.  The elementary staff have discussed how to quickly phase this requirement in for our K-6 students and how to provide some "mask breaks" throughout their classroom instructional time.  Several elementary students have been wearing face coverings in the classroom already and will not need much of an adjustment period.
This new expectation will be fully implemented by Monday, October 12th if there are no other changes or orders issued.  I will update families as we receive additional information.  Currently, the MDHHS order runs through Friday, October 30th.   
Our main goal has been, and continues to be, to provide the safest and most educationally sound school experience for all of our students.  We will continue to work hard to keep your children safe, healthy, and happy, while giving them the best academic instruction possible to meet their needs.  As always, we appreciate your patience, flexibility, and grace as we work to keep your children in face to face instruction.  
Please contact me with any questions .  Take care and be well.   
Angela Nettleton
Superintendent/K12 Principal
Pickford Public Schools
(906) 647-6285 ext 2204
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
-- Helen Keller


August 11th -- DRAFT Return to Learning Plan is available

Please see the DRAFT Pickford Public Schools Return to Learning Plan for preliminary information, organized by context/environment, as to what will be required for staff and students across the various state level phases.  This draft plan has been developed based on the DRAFT COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan that the Board of Education will be discussing, deliberating on, and approving a final version of at their meeting on August 13th.  The COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan was developed by a workgroup consisting of teachers, support staff, administration, parents, and Board of Education members.  The MI Safe Schools Roadmap informed plan development as it lays out the requirements and recommendations for districts across the state to return to learning for fall 2020.  Our DRAFT District Preparedness Plan has been reviewed by District legal counsel and the local Health Departments.   As changes are made in the draft plan, subsequent changes will be made in the Pickford Public Schools Return to Learning Plan.  A final draft Preparedness Plan will be posted on our website by Friday, August 14th.  A parent meeting to further explain plan components is expected to be held during the week of August 17th.  I will share that date as soon as it is determined. 


August 5, 2020 -- Online Option Information


Pickford Public Schools, in partnership with several other districts in our EUPISD Region, has developed an additional K-12 learning option that is different from traditional face-to face schooling. This EUP Virtual  option uses online instruction and local teachers/teacher mentors to  allow students to continue to receive instruction as a Pickford student, even if they are unable to return to face-to-face instruction in our building.  Parents selecting this option for their student would do so a semester at a time.  Since students would remain students of the Pickford district, they would be eligible to all of the great services that we currently offer, including athletics and extracurricular activities.  
EUP Virtual will deliver content from Accelerate Education through the Canvas Learning Management Platform.  Please see the FAQ Document that we have developed to get more information about this online program.  You can also take a look at the Accelerate Education platform here:



Accelerate Education Video Links:

If you are interested in the EUP Virtual online option for your child, please fill out the survey found at the link below.  We need to get an accurate count of interested students and families so we can ensure appropriate staffing levels.  Initial commitments to the online program are due no later than August 17th.  Once you have made an initial commitment, we will contact you with additional information to finish your child(ren)'s registration for the online program.

Distance Learning Commitment Form

Please contact me with any questions about the process.  Thank you for your continued support of our district!

July 31, 2020



Hello Panther Family!

Our Return to Learning plans here at Pickford Public Schools are coming together.  Our Return to School Plan work group has met several times over the last 2 weeks and developed a draft plan that will go to our local Board of Education for approval prior to being submitted to the EUPISD and the state.  Our school will be in session for in-person, full day, full week, instruction starting on August 31st.  Along with providing face to face instruction for our students, we will be taking all necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff, while continuing to provide a positive learning environment that meets everyone’s social-emotional needs.  We will also offer an online instructional option for students that do not feel comfortable returning to the school building this fall.  


On June 30th, 2020, Governor Whitmer and the Return to School Advisory Council released the MI Safe Schools Roadmap.  The Roadmap is aligned with the MI Safe Start Plan and uses a 6 "phase” approach as a basis for reopening schools across the state.  Each phase contains requirements and recommendations for districts as they develop their reopening plans.  Currently, our district is in phase 5, based on our location in region 8 of the state.  A summary of plan highlights is being put together, but please understand that it is difficult to advertise specific details, as our plan has not yet been approved and there are still some considerations that will need to be decided by the Board. 


It is also important to note that we are currently under the requirements of Executive Order 2020-147 which requires the wearing of facial coverings when in any indoor public space, and when waiting for or riding on public transportation.  As long as EO 2020-147 is in effect, staff and students in grades K-12 will be required to wear facial coverings on the bus, in hallways and common areas, and in classrooms throughout the school day.  


Upon the expiration of EO 2020-147, and as long as our region continues to be in phase 5, some variation on facial covering requirements may be available for staff and students in the classroom environment only, but that is yet to be completely determined.  Some general changes to the school day that we are already sure of will include:

More frequent hand washing and hand sanitizing for students and staff


More frequent cleaning and sanitizing of buses, door handles, desks, tables, bathrooms, etc.


Greater spacing between desks in the classroom (as feasible)


Staggered release times for hallway travel (by class)


Less travel by elementary students from their classrooms


Special classes/teachers come to the classroom


Staggered lunch times (by grade range) and/or lunch in classrooms


Limitation of visitors to the building


One to one chrome books available for all students in grades K-12 with more ability and support to access online learning opportunities during the school day


More screening of students and staff to note symptoms of illness


More attention to limiting attendance for staff or student who are ill or displaying symptoms of illness


At this time, we understand that there may be components of our plan that families may not be comfortable with.  We are asking that each family familiarize themself with the requirements and recommendations of the Roadmap, as well as specific district plan components as they become available (and posted to our website).  We will ask you to commit to either a face to face or online learning model by Monday, August 17th.  Online learning enrollment will be by semester.  Students in the online learning option, K-12,  will access course content by Accelerate Education, which is aligned with state standards.  Students who choose the online option will continue to be Pickford students and be enrolled in our district and receive instructional support from teachers from our EUPISD region.  As such, they will be eligible to play sports per MHSAA guidelines.


Our district plans have been developed with guidance from our local health departments, our legal counsel, staff input, and stakeholder survey results.  Our main goal has been, and continues to be, to provide the safest and most educationally sound "return to school" experience for all of our students.  You can expect a plan summary showing the differences in our plans across the various phases to be published early next week.  The Board has discussed scheduling a community forum to hear input from parents about the plan.  That date will be advertised as soon as it is determined.  Information will be coming out on our website and on our social media pages as it becomes available.  We will also notify using our School Messenger calling system. 


We appreciate your patience, flexibility, and grace as we work to get your children back to school.  Please contact me with any questions .  Take care and be well.  





July 20, 2020 Update


We are happy to report that Pickford Public School's "Return to School" planning workgroup has been formed.  Our 18 members represent he K-12 continuum, classroom teachers, "specials" teachers, support staff, administration, and the board of education. 
The purpose of this group is to construct plans for all scenarios that the district may encounter as we return to school in the fall.  A few weeks ago, Gov. Whitmer released the "Michigan's 2020-2021 Return to School Roadmap".  This document, all 63 pages of it, lays out 6 phases, with recommendations and requirements for each phase, that we must follow in order to reopen for instruction in the fall.  Within each phase are sections for Safety Protocols, Social/Emotional Health, Instruction, and Operations.
Phase 1-3 (one plan):  Schools are closed for in-person instruction.  Components include Remote (online) instruction, food distribution, athletics and extra-curriculars suspended.  This is much like the Continuity of Learning Plan that we developed back in April.
Phase 4:  Schools are open for in-person instruction with REQUIRED safety protocols in place.  Safety protocols focus on the use of PPE, cleaning, spacing and movement, and screening across all sections of the plan.
Phase 5 (This is the phase we are currently in):  Schools are open for in-person instruction with RECOMMENDED safety protocols in place.  Safety protocols focus on the use of PPE, cleaning, spacing and movement, and screening across all sections of the plan. 
Phase 6 (post-pandemic):  Schools are open for in-person instruction with no additional requirements.
We are required (by the executive order 2020-142) to make a plan that discusses how we will implement requirements in Phases 1-3, Phase 4, and Phase 5.  Further, we will need to then develop a more comprehensive "Safe Schools District Plan" that will be used to guide our procedures related to Governance, Operations, Facilities, Instruction, Wellness, and Professional Learning (in all phases) and will result in a comprehensive plan that will inform our community in detail.
Links to documents that the workgroup will be using to develop the district plan:
During our first meeting, on Wednesday, July 22nd, the group will take time to thoroughly review the Executive Order 2020-142 and the "Roadmap" document, along with other supporting documents.  Other agenda items for Wednesday include looking at the stakeholder survey results, reviewing the plan template, reviewing current health department guidance for our region, and looking at sample plan language that has been shared with our district.
We will start planning for Phase 4 since it will be easy to modify that plan "down" to make a Phase 5 plan that contains fewer requirements and more recommendations.  The plan for Phase 1-3 will closely follow the Continuity of Learning Plan that was already developed in April PPS Continuity of Learning Plan
Obviously this is all going to entail quite a bit of work!  The workgroup will meet several times over the next few weeks with the goal of bringing a completed plan to the Board of Education for approval during the week of August 10th, prior to the August 15th deadline.  Once we have a completed and approved plan, we will be able to share it with all district parents, students, and community members.  We will also share planning updates along the way as often as possible.
Along with making a plan for return to in-person instruction, we have recognized, through analysis of the parent input surveys, the need to have a virtual option available for students who, for one reason or another, will not be able to return to the school building this fall.  We are in the process of partnering with other small districts in our EUPISD region to develop a fully virtual option for any student in grades K-12 who can not engage in in-person instruction.  Students would be enrolled through our district, but would then be able to complete all courses online.  More information will be available very soon on this option.  
All of this work requires a great deal of thought and planning to get it right.  We appreciate your patience as we work to develop the very best plan possible to keep your children safe and healthy while still maximizing their opportunity for quality academic and educational experiences.  We appreciate all of the parents who responded and gave their input through the Return to Learning Stakeholder Survey.  Those results will be shared with the full Board of Education and the Return to School planning group.  Additional options may be advertised to collect parent input in the near future.  Stay tuned.

Thank you to all of you who show such outstanding support to our school district.  Please contact me with any questions, ideas, or concerns by email or by phone (906)647-6285 ext. 2204.


Take care, be well, and enjoy the sunshine!





July 1, 2020 Update

Hello Panther Family!

As many of you are likely aware, the governor's MI Safe Schools Return to School Roadmap was released yesterday, Tuesday, June 30th.  

You will note that there are 63 pages of guidance and requirements, so there is a great deal for us to unpack and consider, and a great deal of work that will need to be done by our school district, and by all school districts across the state, over the next 2 months.  Our goal at Pickford Schools is, and has been, to safely bring students back to in-person instruction in our school building for school year 2020-21.


We are being required to prepare 3 different plans with varying levels of recommendations/restrictions.  This will take us some time, and not all plans will include components that all stakeholders will agree on.  There are a few considerations that I would ask everyone to keep in mind as we move forward:


1.  Everyone agrees, at both the state and district level, that students are best served by in-person instruction with a classroom teacher.  This is our default school operating status at this time.  Concurrently, we will need to develop options for those students who are not able or willing to return to the school building, due to health issues, family situations, or other reasons.  We will need to have options for all of our students.


2.  Currently the UP is in "phase 5" of the MI Safe Start plan.  This is the area of the Roadmap document that we will be working from.  If our status changes, we will be forced to look at different levels of requirements and recommendations.  Safety protocols are often a source of differing opinions.  We will do what we are required to do by the state in regard to personal protective equipment.  Recommendations will be discussed by our district team and decisions made based on student safety, as well as on input from parents, students, staff, and community.


3.   At the same time as this public health crisis, we have a financial crisis going on at the state level that will negatively impact our local district funding.  We are hopeful that additional federal aid will be approved so that our students' education is not harmed.  This additional federal aid needs to include not simply funding to make up for lost state aid (primarily sales tax and income tax revenue loss during the pandemic), but also funding to address personal protection equipment (PPE) and catch-up learning needs that have resulted from the extended closure. Please consider calling or writing your state legislators and members of Congress to express your support of maintaining funds to educate our students and maintain our programs.


4.  We do want input -- from parents, students, staff, and community.  While we will not be able to make everyone happy, especially since there is such diversity of opinion on many topics related to the COVID pandemic, we will try our best to accommodate the majority consensus while still working within the parameters of the plan and preparing to keep our students safe.  Please take time, if you have not already, to complete the stakeholder survey   


before it closes at midnight on July 12th.  We are pleased to see that we already have 72 responses.  Also, be on the lookout for an announcement of a community  forum to be held in the near future.  This meeting will allow the Board and administrative team to hear parent, staff, and community input.  Details will be sent out once a date and time are determined.


5.  With so much to consider, so many requirements to meet, and the need to develop a plan that will reflect the desires and preferences of our school community, while still providing for the safety of our students and staff, we want to stress that none of this is easy work.  We ask for your continued patience and understanding.  The safety and education of our district's students are of the highest priority.  We will do our very best to provide for both.


Thank you to all of you who show such outstanding support to our school district.  Please contact me with any questions, ideas, or concerns by email or by phone (906)647-6285 ext. 2204.


Take care, be well, and enjoy the sunshine!  Have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend.






March 19, 2020 Update

Starting tomorrow, Friday, March 20th, the building will be open intermittently through the remainder of the closure period. Essential staff will either be working from home or on a limited and variable schedule in the building. Calling the main line 906-647-6285 and dialing a specific extension will allow you to leave a message our voicemail. We can access these messages offsite. We will also closely monitor our email. If you need to contact us, please use the following information:
Angela Nettleton -- / ext. 2204
Tracy Rye -- / ext. 2203
Janet Haske -- / ext. 2202
Mrs. Rye should be your first contact regarding questions or information about the student meals pick-up/delivery. The meals will be available on Wednesday, March 25th for those who have signed up in advance.
Due to the massive amounts of information that we are receiving regarding COVID-19, the mandated closure, Executive Orders, and other updates from the CDC, MDE, etc., we are going to focus on monitoring voicemail and email almost exclusively. The District Facebook page will be used as a means to share out information, but we will not be responding to post comments or messages sent through Messenger to the page. PLEASE contact us via email or call. Classroom teachers are able to be contacted via their school email as well. Individual teachers may also communicate via Class Dojo or another application, but that is up to individual teacher preference.
At this point, we do not have any new or updated information regarding the end of the closure period (still April 5th) or whether additional days will be forgiven (180 days is still the mandate). We will share any updates with you as we receive them. Families are encouraged to listen to calls from our messaging system, check email, watch for notifications from the Pickford Schools app, and monitor our social media accounts for ongoing updates.
Remember that 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.
The latest information on COVID-19 is available at and
Stay safe and be well....



March 13, 2020


Dear Panther Families,


As you are all well aware, last night, Governor Whitmer announced the mandatory closing of all Michigan K-12 public and private schools, effective Monday, March 16th through Sunday, April 5th to slow the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan. Our district has closely monitored all information and recommendations that have been circulated by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  We have also continued to be in close contact with the Chippewa County Health Department throughout this past week. All cleaning/disinfecting, communication and information sharing, and prevention strategies have been put into place as they have been recommended to us.  

We understand that this extended closure will be a hardship for all involved: students, parents, staff and community. We will continue to work together to find solutions for several issues.  Here are a few things that we already have in place:


Ongoing access to academic content/skill practice --All Students in grades 4th-12th will be encouraged to bring their laptops/chromebooks home.  We have completed a student survey today to attempt to determine levels of internet access across our district and by our students. It is possible that additional resources will become available to try to boost that connectivity, but those plans are still in initial stages and dependent upon other entities.  A resource page is being created on the District website that will list specific websites and resources by grade span. These resources are intended to provide students with opportunities to practice learned skills and investigate content appropriate to current classroom curriculum. Some teachers may also load content into their Google Classrooms or push out resources via Class Dojo.  If your child’s teacher regularly utilizes one of these platforms, please check to see what is available. We will attempt to notify as resources are added. Offline resources are also available. Some classroom teachers sent skill practice and enrichment packets home with their students today. If you are concerned about finding resources for a student at a particular grade level or within a particular content area, please let us know.


Grading -- At this point, all teaching staff have been asked to ensure that all assignments are graded and entered into their gradebook as soon as possible so students are aware of any missing work.  It is likely that we will extend quarter 3 into quarter 4 and give a semester grade (end of the year) only. This is still an open discussion, so no final decisions have been made.


Meals/Food Service -- We are working very hard to ensure the families  have meals during the mandatory school closure issued by Gov. Whitmer. A survey entitled “Free School Meals” has been created and can be accessed on the home page of the district website  This survey will allow us to collect information (CONFIDENTIALLY) from families who would like to receive free meals for their children during this closure.  Meals will be dropped off at student residences by our bus drivers. Delivery dates are yet to be determined. Please watch for announcements on Facebook and via our School Messenger system regarding dates and times, along with more specific details.


School Access -- The building will be locked during this closure.  Administrative and other essential staff will report to work. All teaching, support, and coaching staff will continue to have building access, but are asked to limit their presence in the building due to the cleaning and disinfecting work that will be occurring.  There will be NO school sponsored activities, student extra curricular events, or athletic practices (including open gym or weight room access) during this closure period.


Please remember that 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. 


Statewide, citizens are being asked to avoid large assemblages and events. Remember that individuals can carry the virus without exhibiting any symptoms, but could pass it on to others who may be more susceptible, especially those with weakened immune systems and the elderly.   The latest information on COVID-19 is available at and are encouraged to check email, watch for notifications from the Pickford Schools app, and monitor our social media accounts for ongoing updates specific to Pickford Public Schools. 

Let’s work together to keep our families and community safe and healthy.   Thank you to our Panther family and the Pickford Community for your patience and flexibility as we navigate through this unprecedented event.  If you have questions, please contact me directly (906) 647-6285 ext. 2204 or


Mrs. Angela Nettleton
District Superintendent
Phone:  906-647-6285 ext. 2204