Dear Kearsley Families,

The terrible tragedy that unfolded in Florida last week has created great fear and anxiety for students, parents and staff at schools around the country.   Like many other local districts, Kearsley has been working with our Genesee Township police to address concerns that have come forward from our students.   In addition, we have been dealing with a lot of false statements and misconceptions that have spread through social media.  In the end, all of us desire the same thing, that our children remain safe and have the opportunity to learn in a positive learning environment.   I want to express that we are always reviewing our security and emergency procedures and protocols.  Here are some of the things we have in place or are working to implement soon.

  • First, we have reviewed our current security protocols with staff and refocused on fixing any areas that we have concerns.
  • All Genesee County schools have worked with state and local law enforcement and the County Sheriff’s Office to develop and implement countywide consistent emergency procedures for a multitude of situations including bomb threats, secure modes and active shooters.  Our staff is trained in these procedures, which are reviewed and practiced annually. 
  • All Kearsley Schools conduct multiple fire and tornado drills annually and a minimum of three lock down procedures to prepare staff and students in the event of an active shooter.
  • Kearsley Schools has completed modifications on most of their buildings to make the front door visible to office personnel.  In addition, buzzer systems are in place in all buildings so that communication can exist between a visitor and the main office before entry is allowed.
  • Our high school is the one building that does not have a visual line of sight from office staff.   We have been working with our architects and currently have a redesign of the front of the high school out to bid.   When the renovation is complete, the high school will have a single main point of entry.   The entry will still have the buzzer system, but will also require all visitors to meet face to face with high school staff and visitors will be screened at a second level of security before being buzzed into the main school.
  • Next week, will have a “fob” system of entry installed for staff at our two upper elementary buildings.  This will allow buildings to remain locked by allowing staff to fob into the building thus minimizing the time that the front doors need to be unlocked for student and staff entry.
  • ALICE training has begun in the district.  All of our principals have been trained in new protocols for reacting to an active shooter.  Just last week key personnel participated in two days of training to become certified trainers for our staff.  ALICE training is very much the same as our current protocols but takes it a step further.

Above all, our kids are our greatest resource.  At all levels, it is the students that help identify concerning behaviors of other students.  Whether it is through talking to a trusted adult in the building or using our anonymous reporting tools at school (Concerned Persons Report) or online (OK2Say), our kids are making a difference. 

While this is not an exhaustive list of measures to help provide for the safety of your children, we wanted to let you know that we are working behind the scenes with our staff and local law enforcement to keep our schools safe.  It is very unfortunate that we have to have these discussions and put these safety trainings and protocols in our schools but it has become a reality of our world.  Please know that all of our staff, from bus drivers and secretaries to teachers and para-professionals work day-in and day-out to protect, nurture and care for your kids. 

Thank you for your continued support of our district as we move through these challenging times.  We pray for the families of those lost to the senseless violence in our world.  With continued efforts, we will learn better ways to keep kids safe and hopefully prevent anything like this happening again.  If you have ideas or suggestions, please remember that our doors are always open. 


Patti Yorks


Helping Kids After Hearing about a School Shooting

(American School Counselor Association)

 • Try and keep routines as normal as possible. Kids gain security from the predictability of routine, including attending school.
• Limit exposure to television and the news.

• Be honest with kids and share with them as much information as they are developmentally able to handle.
• Listen to kids’ fears and concerns.
• Reassure kids that the world is a good place to be, but that there are people who do bad things.
• Parents and adults need to first deal with and assess their own responses to crisis and stress.
• Rebuild and reaffirm attachments and relationships.

• Each Kearsley School Building has counselors and social workers on hand for students who need additional support. 

Competitive cheer and wrestling team members are champions

Members of the competitive cheer team held off Swartz Creek in early February to earn their second consecutive Metro League title. The next night, wrestlers captured a district championship with a victory over Clio. 

Board work session scheduled for 5 p.m. Feb. 26
The Board of Education will hold a work session at 5 p.m. Feb. 26 in the upstairs boardroom of the Administration Building, 4396 Underhill Drive, Flint.

Health center open for business in KHS
The Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools (RAHS), a division of Michigan Medicine, has opened a health center in room 603 at KHS. The center is open year-round from 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for youth 21 years and younger. 

Services include immunizations, sick visits, physical exams, nutrition counseling, insurance enrollment and mental health services. Insured and uninsured patients, regardless of ability to pay, are welcome.

Visit or call (810) 591-5330 for more information and to schedule an appointment. Check out the RAHS newsletter here.

Class of 2017 members should be applying for GO stipends
Genesee County students who graduated or obtained GEDs in 2017 are encouraged to apply for Genesee Opportunity stipends now. The stipends provide financial jumpstarts for students looking to continue their education after high school. Students are eligible to receive the stipends for one year after high school.  
Genesee County seniors are eligible to receive the GO stipend regardless of family income level. The stipend covers tuition, mandatory training costs and certification testing, and is paid directly to qualifying training providers in and out of state.

Students can apply even if they are uncertain where they will be going to school because applications can be updated. To learn more or to complete the stipend information, go to

Substitute teachers and aides are needed
The Kearsley School District needs substitute teachers and aides. For more information about substitute teaching, call PESG at (866) 782-7277. For more information about teaching aides, call Tracy at (810) 591-7608.

Dial 2-1-1 for a community resource specialist
Central Michigan 2-1-1 connects people with agencies/organizations that provide water, food, clothing, education, counseling, health care, shelter, support groups, employment, legal aid, public safety, utility assistance, transportation, mental health services and more.

To contact Michigan 2-1-1, 24 hours per day, seven days per week, dial 2-1-1 or go to

A community resource specialist will discuss callers’ needs and give information and/or referrals that callers can contact for assistance.


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  HORNET stands for Helping Others Recognize Noteworthy service, Excellence and Tradition! This is a program designed to provide parents, school employees, students, volunteers or visitors with an opportunity to recognize any Kearsley staff member who exemplifies educational excellence and / or extraordinary service to others. 

   Click on the award above and download a nomination form. Please share with us your suggestion for the staff member(s) who unselfishly provides either educational excellence or an extraordinary service above and beyond the call of duty.