• Allegan County Area Technical & Education Center 

    Dear ACATEC Family, 

    I hope this letter finds you and your family happy and healthy. Our Return to School committee has been working diligently to develop our Preparedness Plan we must submit to the state.  This plan contains detailed information regarding how ACATEC will meet the needs of our students in each phase of the MI Safe Start Plan using guidelines from the MI Safe Schools Roadmap. Our county is in region 3 and is currently in Phase 4. While the details of our plan are still being finalized, we wanted to communicate important information regarding the schedule of ACATEC’s return to school in the fall depending on the phase we may be in during the 2020-2021 school year.

    There were factors involved in the decision of how we were going to return in the fall, especially in the current phase we are in. One was being able to be adaptable and flexible to the local districts’ individual plans for their return in the fall. We are a service to the local districts and need to be able to provide excellent education to their students in acquiring technical and employability skills. The other factor was the type of curriculum we provide in career and technical education. A critical component of that curriculum is hands-on training. It was important to factor having the students be physically present in the building to acquire those technical skills in their respective programs. 

    With those factors being considered, here is our plan for our return to school in the fall: 

    Phases 1-3: ACATEC will be closed. Only remote/online instruction will take place. 

    Phases 4-5: ACATEC will be 100% face to face instruction, five days a week, with adherence to safety protocols. An online option during these phases will not be provided. It is expected of students from their local district will attend all five days. 

    Our committee is working hard to ensure we can provide an educational experience that is student-centered, focused on the social-emotional and physical health and safety of our students and staff, while also providing a high-quality education preparing them for their post-secondary plans.  

    Moving forward, please expect more communication and information as we finalize our Preparedness Plan. Information will be shared in various manners to ensure full transparency and access. We have Facebook (Allegan Tech Center), Twitter (@AlleganTechCntr), and will have a Return to School webpage on our AAESA website. Mailings will also be sent to individual families as well. 

    We anticipate this schedule may be challenging for you as you decide what is in the best interest of your child. Please know we respect your concerns and understand if the Tech Center may not be the best choice for the 2020-2021 school year. If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email me. 

    Richard Okoniewski
    Allegan County Area Technical and Educational Center