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Huron Schools closed Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday as township awaits water tests

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub | Oct. 11, 2021 | 4:20 p.m.

The Huron School District will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week while the township awaits water tests following a massive water main break that occurred Sunday.

Donovan Rowe, superintendent of Huron School District, sent a communication Monday afternoon explaining the situation.

Rowe said he hopes the situation will be resolved so that classes can resume on Friday.

“I have been in contact with the Huron Township Department of Public Safety today, and we are working closely with the Huron Township DPW. Officials have notified the schools that they cannot guarantee that water is safe to drink or use for hand washing at this time. We are being told that definitive test results will not be available until late on Thursday, and the boil water advisory will be in effect until the results are in. Student and staff safety is our primary concern, and this situation poses a potential risk to our drinking and washing water in the district. Unfortunately, this means that the Huron School District will be closed on Tuesday, October 12, Wednesday, October 13, and Thursday, October 14, 2021. We hope that we will be able to safely return to regular operation on Friday. As always, we will communicate any updates or changes if and when we are made aware. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Be safe out there,” Rowe said.

Related articles:

Water update from Huron TWP DPW director; boil water alert remains in effect

Boil water alert issued in Huron Township

Continue checking back with The Huron Hub as we update the community on the water situation.


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New school bus laws go into effect today in Michigan

Posted by The Huron Hub | Oct. 11, 2021

Two new laws go into effect Monday in Michigan that aim to make school busses safer for children.

The two new laws focus on:

-making it easier to ticket drivers who pass a school bus’s extended stop arm
-implementing more signage to make it clear a person cannot walk onto a school bus without permission.

The first makes it easier to ticket drivers who illegally pass the school bus’ extended stop arm.

Previously, police had to witness in-person a car pass a bus stop arm sign in order to issue a ticket.

Under the new law, drivers can now be ticketed using exterior cameras on buses.

Some schools already have the cameras, while others are now looking into the investment because of the new law.

“This rule, we hope, will increase enforcement, wake people up and we will see fewer instances of those stop arms getting run,” Rep. Jack O’Malley, Chair of the House Transportation Committee, told WXYZ news.

O’Malley helped pass the law, along with another law stating people cannot walk onto a school bus without permission.

“It always happened at the school building. You try to go to your child’s elementary school and get in, you got to ring in and tell them who you are, they gotta buzz to let you in, why- safety,” said O’Malley.

The same idea will now apply to the bus. There will now be a no trespassing sign on the door of the bus.

If a driver is caught blowing a stop sign, or if a person steps onto a bus without permission, both offenses carry a fine of up to $500.


Huron School District closed Monday due to water main break in the township

Posted Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021 | 8:20 p.m. EDT

Huron School District is closed Monday, Oct. 11 due to a large water main break that has impacted nearly every area of the township.

“I was recently contacted by the Huron Townhsip Department of Public Safety pertaining to the water main break in teh township. Unfortunately, the system is still not working, which will impact the drinking water and hand washing water in the district. This could be unsafe for our students and staff. As a result, the Huron School District will be closed tomorrow, Monday, October 11, 2021,” a statement from Supt. Donovan Rowe said.

Areas of the township were still without water pressure as of Sunday afternoon.

Check back with The Huron Hub for updates

Related: Boil water alert issued in Huron Township

Water main break causes pressure issues in Huron Township Sunday


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Video: police catch driver ignoring school bus stop in Huron Township

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub | Sept. 21, 2021 | scottbolthouse@huronhub.com

A driver on Sibley Road in Huron Township made a dangerous decision and chose to ignore the stop lights on a school bus last week, and was immediately pulled over by police for doing so.

The incident was caught on police dash cam video during a patrol of school bus routes that was being conducted on Sept. 16 by Huron Township police.

In the video, you can see the driver clearly ignore the red flashing lights at the bus stop.

“As you will see, a driver completely disregards the flashing red lights and if you look closely, you will see a child that has to stop from crossing to avoid being hit. The driver was stopped and cited,” said a Facebook post on the Huron Township Department of Public Safety page.

Here is a video showing what happened:

“Unfortunately, year after year, we have drivers that believe their time is more important than the safety of our children,” the post by the public safety department said. “Drivers, this is not ok! There is NO EXCUSE and we will accept no excuses as we issue your citation. Please slow down and give yourself extra time to make your destination.”

Below is the law regarding school bus passing directly from the Michigan Motor Vehicle Code.

257.682 Stopping for school bus displaying flashing red lights; violation as civil infraction; meeting stopped school bus on divided highway; proof; rebuttable presumption; community service.
Sec. 682.

(1) The operator of a vehicle overtaking or meeting a school bus that has stopped and is displaying 2 alternately flashing red lights located at the same level shall bring the vehicle to a full stop not less than 20 feet from the school bus and shall not proceed until the school bus resumes motion or the visual signals are no longer actuated. The operator of a vehicle who fails to stop for a school bus as required by this subsection, who passes a school bus in violation of this subsection, or who fails to stop for a school bus in violation of an ordinance that is substantially similar to this subsection, is responsible for a civil infraction.
(2) The operator of a vehicle upon a highway that has been divided into 2 roadways by leaving an intervening space, or by a physical barrier, or clearly indicated dividing sections so constructed as to impede vehicular traffic, is not required to stop upon meeting a school bus that has stopped across the dividing space, barrier, or section.
(3) In a proceeding for a violation of subsection (1), proof that the particular vehicle described in the citation was in violation of subsection (1), together with proof that the defendant named in the citation was, at the time of the violation, the registered owner of the vehicle, constitutes a rebuttable presumption that the registered owner of the vehicle was the driver of the vehicle at the time of the violation.
(4) In addition to the civil fine and costs provided for a civil infraction under section 907, the judge, district court referee, or district court magistrate may order a person who violates this section to perform not more than 100 hours of community service.


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Parents share back-to-school photos with The Huron Hub

Tuesday was the first day of school in the Huron School District. Photo courtesy of Justyna Beatty

Posted by The Huron Hub | Sept. 8, 2021

Dozens of Huron parents shared their back-to-school photos on Tuesday with The Huron Hub.

Let’s kick-off the school year on the right foot. Good luck to all of the students, staff, and families this year.

Here is a social media link to the photos that were shared on our Facebook page.


Renton Junior High, Brown Elementary move to virtual learning due to increase in COVID-19 cases


Posted by The Huron Hub—Friday, March 19, 2021

Renton Junior High and Brown Elementary in the Huron School District will move to virtual learning due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.

A letter, posted below, was sent out Friday by the superintendent of schools explaining the situation.

In-person learning will be paused for the week of March 22- March 26, 2021. Students in Brown Elementary and Renton Jr. High School will follow remote learning schedules during that time. Students are scheduled to return to in-person learning following Spring Break on April 5, 2021.

The full letter is posted below, and at this link.


Huron School District staff receive COVID vaccination; March 1 classes to be held virtually due to expected staff shortages


By Scott Bolthouse | THE HURON HUB
Posted Friday, Feb. 24, 2021

Over 200 Huron School District staff have received the COVID-19 vaccination, according to Supt. Donovan Rowe.

Rowe said in a letter Wednesday that staff will receive the second dose of the vaccination Saturday, and that staff shortages are expected following the second dose.

This means that classes on Monday, March 1 will be held virtually.

Here is the entire letter sent out today by the superintendent:

Dear Huron Family,

The health and well-being of students and staff continues to be a top priority, and we have been working hard to ensure all Huron School District staff who wish to get the COVID-19 vaccine are able to do so. We’re pleased to report more than 210 staff have already received the first dose of the vaccine and the majority of them will be receiving their second dose on Saturday, February 27, 2021.  

According to the CDC patients receiving the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can have symptoms like body aches, swelling, fever, chills, tiredness, and headache for up to two days following the second COVID-19 vaccine.  The majority of patients report mild to moderate symptoms, and most patients recover in one to two days.  It is important to note that these symptoms are not contagious, as the vaccine cannot make people sick with COVID-19. 

Given our vaccination timeline, we are anticipating the possibility of staff shortages on the Monday after the second dose of vaccines have been administered.  As a result, all classes in the Huron School District will be held online on Monday, March 1, 2021. This will allow teachers and staff to rest and recover, in the event they experience symptoms that are a normal part of the body’s reaction to the second dose of the vaccine, and we want to prepare for this without a last minute cancellation of school due to staff shortages.  Students will return to their normal class schedule on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. 

On Monday, March 1, 2021, students will log-in and follow the remote learning schedules that we have established for other remote learning days we have had. 

Food service will be running a food distribution on Monday evening from 5:00-6:00 PM.  This will take place in the parking lot between Renton Jr. High School and Huron High School. 

Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding as we continue to navigate these challenging times together.  Should you have any questions pertaining to this, do not hesitate to contact my office. 

Sincerely,

Donovan Rowe

Superintendent of Schools

Huron School District


 

 

Huron School District to resume in-person learning on Jan. 11

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
Posted Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021

The Huron School District will resume in-person learning on Monday, Jan. 11.

Huron Schools Supt. Donovan Rowe informed the community about the decision in a letter posted today.

“Given the trend data, the regional health situation, and the change of recommendation from the Wayne County Health Department, we are planning to return students to face-to-face instruction on Monday, January 11, 2021. We will be returning to the modified face-to-face model that we have been using during this school year, and we will continue to provide our remote options for students who have chosen to participate remotely,” Rowe said in the letter.

“Transportation schedules will return to their previous times and pick-up locations. We will also continue to implement our mitigation strategies and protocols that have been largely successful for students and staff during this school year,” he said.

You can read the entire letter by visiting this link.

Rowe said he is pleased that the trend data has vastly improved and that Wayne County Health Department representatives are supporting the return to in-person learning.

“We are eager to return students to in-person learning on Monday, January 11, 2021, and we are excited to continue providing the safest and most purposeful learning environment possible,” he said.


Related article: Huron School District Food Service program supplies food to students amid COVID-19 shutdowns

Huron School District Food Service program supplies food to students amid COVID-19 shutdowns

The meals being distributed consist of a variety of different foods that would have been offered in the situation that school wasn’t closed down for COVID, including various fruits, vegetables, milk, cookies, pizza kits, and more. (Photo courtesy of Nella Shock)


By Garrett Harper For The Huron Hub
Posted Dec. 21, 2020
Article updated

With COVID-19 shutting down schools all over the country, students are left without the ability to get the lunch that they would normally get from their school cafeteria.

As a way to remedy this, the Food Service team in the Huron School District decided to come up with a solution to this problem to help the students get the food they need.

Nella Shock and the rest of the Food Service team have set up a system where parents can drive to the East entrance of Huron High School and receive food for their kids for the week on Mondays and Thursdays.

The meals being distributed consist of a variety of different foods that would have been offered in the situation that school wasn’t closed down for COVID, including various fruits, vegetables, milk, cookies, pizza kits, and more.

This food distribution program has been running since the original lockdown in March, when schools started shutting down due to COVID concerns. Around the time the school year would have ended in June, they put the program on hold.

It was resumed on Nov. 16 to continue giving meals to the students, but will be going on a hiatus for Christmas break on Dec. 18.

After Christmas break, the Food Service team will be back on Jan. 4 to continue distributing food on Mondays and Thursdays until Jan. 19, when they will only be distributing the meals on Mondays from that point forward.

Every Monday and Thursday during the program, Nella and her team arrive at the school at 7:30 a.m. and spend over four hours making sure that everything is in order.

They also would spend days preparing for their next distribution day.

The team would then hand out the meals for the families of more than 600 kids from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

To help spread some holiday cheer for all the students, the team went above and beyond by writing Christmas cards for the kids to go along with their meals last week.

In addition to being an important nutritional resource for the students in the district, the program has also helped the Food Service members by allowing them to work during these difficult pandemic times.

Nella and her team work tirelessly to make sure that this operation can work smoothly, and it shows with how many people are able to still get food from the school.