• Allegan County Area Technical & Education Center 

    January 11, 2021

    Dear ACATEC Families,

    I want to thank you for your patience and understanding during our fully remote online schedule. I realize online learning is not the ideal format of learning for a program which prides itself in teaching skills hands-on. I believe that due to the increase in positive cases and the actions taken by the state of Michigan with the pause order, we made the right decision for the safety of our staff and students. In collaboration with the Allegan County Health Department, the AAESA Leadership Team has decided to utilize an alternate schedule when we return on January 18, 2021.

    The schedule beginning Monday, January 18 will be as follows:

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday – Face to face instruction with all seven of our districts attending on all four days.

    Wednesday – Remote instruction. This will be a day where students will be doing an asynchronous assignment at home. There will be no students in the building on this day. It will also allow our staff to contact students who are struggling academically and/or socially/emotionally on this day.

    As we return to face to face instruction, I want to remind you that the policies and procedures are still in place from when we started the school year. Let me summarize a few of those which are most important upon your students’ return.

    • Face masks are expected to be worn the entire time the students attend the Tech Center.
    • Temperatures will be scanned as the students enter the building.
    • Students are expected to self-screen each day prior to attending the Tech Center.
    • Only student drivers are allowed to drive to the Tech Center; no riders unless the rider is from the same household.
    • There are no visitors allowed to enter the building; unless for an extenuated circumstance.

    It is important to continue to be vigilant with the self-awareness of your child’s health. If your child is feeling ill, it is important for them to stay home until they have fully recovered. It is important to keep everyone safe and healthy so we can continue face to face instruction which we all value.

    Thank you again for your continued support and patience as we navigate through this pandemic. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


    Richard Okoniewski
    Allegan County Area Technical and Educational Center