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District Update - August 21, 2021

August 12, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians:

As the long, hot days of summer linger, we are anticipating the cool crisp Friday nights when the band is playing, and the football team takes the field.  At South Lake Schools, we are actively preparing for the 2021-2022 school year and want to provide you with an important update.

We are excited about returning to in-person learning this fall!  Students and teachers learning together leads to great outcomes. Check out our district calendar on our website at for detailed information. In addition, access daily schedules at or your child’s school website.

For those students who desire to learn online, there is limited space in the South Lake Digital Academy. Families must include a reason with their application for enrollment (i.e., medical, family, or educational reason). Please find more information on our website at and complete applications by August 27, 2021. Regardless of whether your student is enrolled digitally or in-person, South Lake Schools is committed to providing an education of excellence!

As the COVID Delta variant continues to impact our region, South Lake Schools will continue to prioritize the safety and health of our staff and students. SLS provides daily cleaning and disinfecting protocols, and this includes ensuring that there is adequate air flow and ventilation.   The government has mandated that masks be worn on all South Lake school busses. Please help your child follow mask guidelines for busses and make certain your child is healthy before attending school. 

The Board of Education will decide on a mask wearing policy for students and staff in our buildings at their meeting on August 25th, 2021. Look for information regarding mask requirements after that date.  The Macomb County Health Department strongly recommends that unvaccinated individuals wear a mask for personal protection as well as the protection of others.

If your child is not vaccinated, quarantining and contact tracing will be required.  We follow the guidelines issued by the CDC and the Macomb County Health Department.  As they update recommendations, our policies may change. The district website is your best source of school information.

We need your partnership to have a safe and successful school year. We will do our part to create a healthy environment with quality instruction for every student.  Thanks for partnering with us as we make a difference for our students and community by providing a real education for a real world!  


 Theodore VonHiltmayer, Superintendent