Category Archives: Schools

COVID-19 confirmed at Renton Junior High School


Posted by The Huron Hub
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020

COVID-19 has been confirmed at Renton Junior High School in New Boston.

The Huron School District sent out a communication to parents in the district on Oct. 5.

Here is the communication:

A confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified at Renton Junior High School. We are working closely with Wayne County Health Department to identify exposures and prevent further cases. This letter is informational only; no further action is required from you at this time.

The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are less than six feet from each other for at least 15 minutes. A person who is a close contact of someone who is infected with COVID-19 may experience COVID-19 symptoms typically within two to fourteen days after a person is exposed.

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in children and adults. Symptoms can include: Fever (>100.40 F), cough, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, runny or stuffy nose, loss of taste or smell, abdominal pain.

At this time close contacts with exposures have been notified separately by the local health department and instructed to self-quarantine the Wayne County Health Department.

There are many things that can be done to keep our schools, homes, and communities “COVID-19 free” and protect ourselves and loved ones:

Children and adults should stay home when ill.

  • Washing hands often with soap and running warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If a hand washing station is not available, use hand sanitizer properly.  Gels, rubs, and hand wipes must contain at least 60% alcohol. Dispose of wipes in the trash after use.
  • Practice Good Respiratory Etiquette (cover a cough with elbow versus hand).
  • Follow guidance for wearing a face covering and social distancing.

If you have questions, please contact the Wayne County Health Department at (734) 727-7078.

As a precaution, we will be disinfecting applicable areas of the school. This may include spraying classrooms, hallways, locker rooms, and common areas as needed with a sanitizer, along with other methods of disinfection.


School board president says district working hard to ‘provide the safest and most purposeful learning environment for students’ among pandemic


Letter to the editor
Published Aug. 25, 2020
The Huron Hub

I want to take a moment to thank our parents and community
for their patience during our planning process as we approach
the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. The Huron School
District has worked hard to balance the social distancing
guidelines, staffing considerations, clearing protocols,
contractual obligations, and transportation issues as we
attempt to provide the safest and most purposeful learning
environment for students.

In a time when most districts in our region are beginning the
year remotely, we are working to offer parents the best choices
we are able to provide, while keeping class sizes low and
complying with state requirements that have been dictated to

We understand that our modified schedule will present
challenges for parents and families, and we are thankful for the
patience and support that we have received from our
community. We have confidence that we will get through this
together, and we are hopeful that our efforts will lead to a
successful start of the year.

Thank you again for your support and understanding.

Jack Richert
Huron Board of Education


Letter to editor: Huron Education Association makes statement on fall return to school

Letter to the editor submitted Aug. 3, 2020

By Huron Education Association

As teachers, we want to be face to face with our students. We would LOVE to be able to go back to school, with a normal experience, if that were a possibility at this time. Unfortunately, so far, we do not know what school is going to look like in the fall, if we end up being physically back in the buildings. The one thing that we do know for sure is that it will look VERY different from a typical school day.

Many teachers have been approached by parents during the past few weeks about what school will look like in the fall. Parents want to make informed decisions, and many parents have told us that they feel that the information provided by the district was not specific enough or detailed enough to help them make the decision as to whether their child should go online or attend face to face.

A lot of parents have referenced the letter from the district, which says “It is clear that the majority of our parents and staff prefer some sort of face-to-face, in-person learning model.” Although it is true that our teachers all want to get back to normal, we did not have a majority of teachers who felt, based on the information provided by the district, that we could do it safely.

Many parents have questions about what the physical layout of classrooms will be in the coming year, how much time students would spend in each subject, how much students would be confined to their desks, and how much students will be allowed to interact with each other (group work, elementary stations, etc.).

For elementary students, what will recess look like, will they be able to have the group work, stations, and carpet time, or will they be asked to remain still and separated from one another?

For junior high and high school, how long will classes be, and how will passing time be managed, with students moving through the halls? What about vocational classes, which involve students not just moving between classes, but back and forth to other schools?

Just as we are all asked to socially distance in our everyday, adult interactions, students will be asked to maintain distance, in a way that they have not traditionally had to do.

Others have expressed concerns about the cleaning routines in the buildings, passing times, what lunch will look like, what bus runs will be like, and what will happen if a student has symptoms of COVID at any point during school.

If your child has special needs, how will those needs be met?

We suggest that you reach out to the district and school board for the information that has not yet been provided, so that you can make the best decision for your children. You have the right to specific details, in order to make the best decision for your children’s future.

If you have questions, we suggest asking direct, specific questions. The following contact information is directly from the Huron School District website:

Donovan Rowe, Superintendent:
Phone: (734) 782-2441 ext. 1120

Huron High School
Stephen Hudock, Principal
Megan O’Brien, Assistant Principal

Renton Jr. High School
Kurt Mrocko, Principal
Jason Gomez, Assistant Principal

Brown Elementary
Carrie Fisher, Principal

Miller Elementary
Jean Gilbert, Principal

School Board
President: Jack Richert
Vice President: Trena Szawara
Treasurer: Alice Whited
Secretary: Scott Ferguson
Trustee: Dana Town
Trustee: Nathan Cornwall
Trustee: Cory Roupe

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Public Safety Department collecting new school supplies during “Stuff the Bus” event


Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| July 31, 2020

The Huron Township Department of Public Safety is partnering with local schools and community groups to collect new school supplies for the upcoming school year during their annual “Stuff the Bus” initiative.

The Huron School District, Summit Academy Schools, Huron Township Rotary, Willow United Methodist Church and Huron Township Goodfellows are joining forces with the department for the school supply drive.

New school supplies, backpacks, child-size face masks, hand sanitizer, washable markers, and small denomination gift cards to Target, Meijer, or Walmart are needed to assist local families in need.

Anyone interested in dropping off donations can do so at the Huron Township Police
Department, 36500 S. Huron Rd. New Boston, beginning Aug. 3. Drop-offs will be accepted from 8 a.m to 10 p.m.

“Even as an adult, I still remember the feeling of going to the first day of school with my new clothes, backpack, and school supplies. Unfortunately, some kids who go to school in our community never get to experience that feeling. My favorite part of this job is having a platform to help kids in my community that can use it,” said Everette Robbins, director of public safety.

“I have seen first-hand the generosity of this community, especially when it comes to our children through the shop with a hero Christmas Program. I am hoping that we can all come together to stuff the busses. All the collected items will be given to kids who show up the first week of school without the things they need. I am excited to see what this community can do. I want to thank all of our community partners for the support. We always get immediate support from Superintendent Rowe and Superintendent Hedke and they are as excited about this initiative as we are. The busses are here, and we are ready to go.”


Huron Rotary donation allows Huron School District to purchase 22 hand sanitizer stations


Posted by The Huron Hub | July 28, 2020

The Huron Township Rotary Club donated funding to the Huron School Board allowing the district to purchase 22 hand sanitizer stations needed for school buildings.

Melanie Shepler, president of the Rotary, presented the donation to the board recently.

Whitmer releases roadmap for schools to reopen in the fall

Posted June 30, 2020 | The Huron Hub

Today, Governor Whitmer released the MI Safe Schools Return to School Roadmap, a document to help districts create local plans for in-person learning in the fall.

“The Roadmap outlines a number of safety protocols for schools to implement in each phase of the governor’s MI Safe Start Plan,” a statement from Whitmer said.

Whitmer also signed Executive Order 2020-142, which provides a structure to support all schools in Michigan as they plan for a return of PreK-12 education in the fall.

“Our students, parents, and educators have made incredible sacrifices during our battle with COVID-19,” Whitmer said. “Thanks to our aggressive action against this virus, the teachers who have found creative ways to reach their students, and the heroes on the front lines, I am optimistic that we will return to in-person learning in the fall. The MI SafeSchools Return to School Roadmap will help provide schools with the  guidance they need as they enact strict safety measures to continue protecting educators, students, and their families. I will continue working closely with the Return to Learn Advisory Council and experts in epidemiology and public health to ensure we get this right, but we also need more flexibility and financial support from the federal government. This crisis has had serious implications on our budget, and we need federal support if we’re going to get this right for our kids.”

“The most important thing we can do as we prepare to reopen school buildings in the fall is closely examine the data and remain vigilant in our steps to fight this virus,” said MDHHS Chief Deputy for Health and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “I will continue to work closely with Governor Whitmer and the Return to Learn Advisory Council to ensure we continue to put the health and safety of our students and educators first. We will remain nimble to protect students, educators, and their families.” 

Executive Order 2020-142 requires school districts to adopt a COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan laying out how they will protect students and educators across the various phases of the Michigan Safe Start Plan.

The roadmap sets guidelines as to the types of safety protocols that will be required or recommended at each phase.

Whitmer also announced that she was allocating $256 million to support the districts in implementing their local plans as part of the bipartisan budget agreement the Senate Majority Leader, the Speaker of the House, and the governor announced yesterday.

The safety protocols detailed in the MI Safe Schools Roadmap includes guidance on  the use of PPE, good hygiene, cleaning/disinfecting, spacing in classrooms, screening for symptoms, athletics, and more. The Roadmap also recognizes the impact COVID-19 has had on students’and educators’ metal health, and offers guidance on how schools can address this issue. 

Whitmer said she will continue to use the MI Safe Start Plan as the highest-level governing framework for determining if and when it is safe to resume in-person instruction.  

To view MI Safe Schools Roadmap, click here. 

To view Executive Order 2020-142, click this link.

Photos: Huron High School 2020 graduation day

Congratulations to Huron High School’s class of 2020. (Reader submitted photo)

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub| June 30, 2020

Huron High School in New Boston held graduation ceremonies for 2020 seniors on June 27, 2020.

Families of the graduating seniors shared photos with The Huron Hub to commemorate their special day.

Thank you to all of the families who shared photos.

Here they are:

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Senior graduation parade set for Friday in New Boston

(Photo by Scott Bolthouse– The Huron Hub)

Posted Thursday, June 25, 2020

Huron High School senior graduation parade through New Boston set for Friday evening.

See the attached flyer below for full info.

Huron Public Safety will be escorting the parade.

For the safety of students, Huron River Drive will be closed from Willow to the Renton Middle School Entrance beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Access to the Michigan Memorial Cemetery will still be open using either the Huron River Drive/Merriman gate and/or access to the main gate via Willow Road.

Funeral services will be diverted to enter the cemetery through the Funeral Home Entrance.

“First, I want to congratulate the graduating Senior Class. They have lost so many experiences due to this pandemic and we are honored to be a small part of anything that can be done to make this a special and memorable time for them. We realize that these events could cause traffic issues but hope that the community will be patient so that we can help provide a safe atmosphere for the students and their proud families,” said Everette Robbins, public safetey director.

“We will have fire and police staffing at the blocked areas to assist residents with concerns and questions. Also, a big thank you to the staff at the Michigan Memorial Cemetery for their sacrifice and help in making this happen. We appreciate their community partnership. They asked that I pass on their congratulations to the Class of 2020.”​​