As schools are redirecting energies to provide remote learning opportunities for students, it is critical to think about and send good wishes to all those essential workers that place their lives on the line each day to provide services to each and everyone of us. I wish I could think of them all, but here is my attempt to help you remember who to thank each day:

  • All health care providers including first responders, medical professionals, health support team members, etc.
  • Grocery store workers
  • Gas stations and small store attendants
  • Postal and package delivery service providers
  • Truck drivers and transporters
  • Public service providers
  • Food service workers
  • Agricultural specialists that continue providing food
  • Custodial team members continuing to provide clean work places
  • Child care providers

For those I missed, please know that I hold deep appreciation for your continued service to the human race. At the next monthly Saginaw ISD Board of Education meeting, SISD board members are proposing to approve a formal resolution honoring essential workers. If your organization wishes to take similar action here is a draft to copy for your use.

Together we are stronger; together we can get through this.

Superintendent Dr. Kathy Stewart

Explore Nature with Hartley
Outdoor Education and Nature Series

Join Hartley Outdoor Education Center for a weekly action-packed, outdoor education, nature series over Facebook Live every Friday. Build forts, find earth's creatures, go bird watching, and much, much, more! Follow us on Facebook @hartleyoutdooreducationcenter to explore the beauty of our world.

Continuity of Learning Plans
Saginaw County Schools Remote Learning

Continuity of Learning plans require 14 key components to meet from the Executive Order as well as the requirement for districts to incorporate stakeholder feedback and communication throughout the process. Plans not only address remote lessons, but also address the needs of early childhood programming, students with disabilities, and senior graduation.

Staying Safe/Healthy at Home
Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds Newsletter

Inside of this edition of Healthy Bodies, Healthy MInds, access grocery shopping tips, food safety guides, and how families with children who received free, reduced-cost lunches at school qualify for a new EBT program! Click below to access the entire newsletter.

Apprenticeship Session
Virtual Zoom Meeting April 29 at 1 PM

Are you staying at home wondering how to pass the time? Are you interested in a career in skilled trades? Register for the upcoming apprenticeship information session, a virtual conversation, to learn about different apprenticeship opportunities that are available in our region. Click below to get registration and event details.

Certificate of Excellence
Award for Outstanding Financial Reporting

The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) awarded Saginaw ISD the Certificate of Excellence for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for FY2019. ASBO's COE recognizes districts that meet the program’s high standards for financial reporting and transparency. SISD extends deep gratitude to the individuals that met this criteria during a time of great change, Scott Sawyer - Executive Director of Finance & HR and David Smith - Director of Finance.

2020 Census - It's Not Too Late
Let's Get Our Share of Federal Funding

Shaping Michigan’s future and the future of every Michigan child starts by participating in the 2020 Census. It takes ten minutes to answer nine simple questions online, by phone, or by mail counting everyone living in your home. This count includes children, newborns, citizens and noncitizens, relatives and nonrelatives, and even those staying with you temporarily. Responses to the census are safe, secure, and confidential.

Enrollment for Home Visiting
Virtual Home Visits for Enrolled Families

The Healthy Families America, Birth-5 and Michigan Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting programs are currently providing virtual visits to enrolled families. All of our home visiting programs are continuing to enroll families! If you know of anyone who is pregnant and or parenting who may need additional support, please contact Heather Tithof at

Saginaw ISD Payroll Heroes
Keeping Staff Paid During COVID-19

Saginaw ISD payroll processes paychecks for approximately 3,000 ISD employees and nine local school districts in Saginaw and Midland Counties. These dedicated employees also acquired payroll responsibilities for Saginaw Township Community Schools, a district of 650+ employees, and welcomed a new employee to the department during the district shut down. Our gratitude goes out to these heroes who are serving employees from behind the scenes.  

Community Resource Guide
Linking Families to Community Resources

The Saginaw County Community Resource Guide is a comprehensive directory of community resources for families and service providers in the Saginaw county area. The guide is a fast and easy way to search for program, local organizations, and information for children and families. Click the button below to download the guide.

Family Engagement Guide
Guide for Engaging Children at Home

Saginaw ISD encourages families to focus on engagement and enrichment activities for children. Engagement strategies include providing engaging opportunities for students to do at home independently or with their caregivers. While the instinct may be to provide worksheets and reading material, consider engaging children through other experiences as well as including outdoor activities, physical activities, career exploration, and life skills.

Educator Engagement Guide
Guide for Teachers & Ancillary Providers

Saginaw ISD encourages teachers and ancillary providers to utilize engagement and enrichment strategies with all students. Engagement strategies include providing engaging opportunities for students to do at home independently or with their caregivers. This goes beyond printed worksheets, learning apps, and reading to also include outdoor activities, physical activities, and interaction with individuals residing in the home.

Food Distribution Locations
Over 500,000 Meals Distributed

Saginaw County school districts are stepping up to ensure kids have access to food as schools prepare for the extended closure. School meals are critical to a student’s well-being because they provide healthy, nutritionally-balanced meals that keep young bodies and minds growing. Click the button below to view a complete list of sites.

Pinwheels for Prevention
Together we CAN Stop Child Abuse

The CAN (Child Abuse and Neglect) Council Great Lakes Bay Region, a recognized leader in children’s advocacy and building communities where children are free from abuse and neglect, lists several ways individuals can advocate for children and protect their children during Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month. Get involved! Learn how by clicking the button below.


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