Today has been a busy day of responding to rumors of threats at the high school.  Administrators and law enforcement officers have been at the high school investigating these rumors.  There is a lot of social media hype but no threats were identified.  

We ask that you encourage your child to continue to share concerns with adults at school who can investigate and report concerning information to proper authorities.  Discourage the use of social media, which often does more damage by spreading misinformation and untruths.

We cannot combat social media, be we can spread the word that our kids and staff deserve a safe and healthy environment in which to learn.  We have had extra security  in our schools and reviewed procedures with staff.  We will continue to do all  that we can to  make our schools safe.

We look forward to things settling down and returning to normal.

February 20, 2018


Kearsley Community Schools Community,

On February 19, 2018, ABC12 reported that a threat was made against Kearsley High School.  We would like to clarify what occurred and what the district has in place to promote safety for our students.

Last week we had students come forward with concerns about other students’ social media displays.  Given the current environment and concern for keeping our schools safe, we immediately contacted Genesee Township Police.  Our officers at the township responded quickly and seriously to the concerns of our students.  After thoroughly investigating, they informed us that there was no credible threat.

Nonetheless, we continue to work closely with the police to cooperate in these and all other matters.  Our priority is the safety of all students.  We work hand in hand with our local authorities.  Our administrators at Kearsley have a number of procedures and protocols in place to protect our children.  We take these very seriously and rehearse drills with students as directed by the local and state government.  Recently our administrators attended training with the police in an effort to keep our safety practices up to date.  Each building will be working with their staffs to make sure procedures and protocols are reviewed.

We apologize for the concern that was caused by the media.  It is our hope that this letter clarifies matters and ends the rumors that are currently on social media.



Patti Yorks

Helping Kids After Hearing about a School Shooting

(American School Counselor Association)

 • Try and keep routines as normal as possible. Kids gain security from the predictability of routine, including attending school.
• Limit exposure to television and the news.

• Be honest with kids and share with them as much information as they are developmentally able to handle.
• Listen to kids’ fears and concerns.
• Reassure kids that the world is a good place to be, but that there are people who do bad things.
• Parents and adults need to first deal with and assess their own responses to crisis and stress.
• Rebuild and reaffirm attachments and relationships.

• Each Kearsley School Building has counselors and social workers on hand for students who need additional support. 

Competitive cheer and wrestling team members are champions

Members of the competitive cheer team held off Swartz Creek in early February to earn their second consecutive Metro League title. The next night, wrestlers captured a district championship with a victory over Clio. 

Board work session scheduled for 5 p.m. Feb. 26
The Board of Education will hold a work session at 5 p.m. Feb. 26 in the upstairs boardroom of the Administration Building, 4396 Underhill Drive, Flint.

Health center open for business in KHS
The Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools (RAHS), a division of Michigan Medicine, has opened a health center in room 603 at KHS. The center is open year-round from 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for youth 21 years and younger. 

Services include immunizations, sick visits, physical exams, nutrition counseling, insurance enrollment and mental health services. Insured and uninsured patients, regardless of ability to pay, are welcome.

Visit umhs-rahs.org or call (810) 591-5330 for more information and to schedule an appointment. Check out the RAHS newsletter here.

Class of 2017 members should be applying for GO stipends
Genesee County students who graduated or obtained GEDs in 2017 are encouraged to apply for Genesee Opportunity stipends now. The stipends provide financial jumpstarts for students looking to continue their education after high school. Students are eligible to receive the stipends for one year after high school.  
Genesee County seniors are eligible to receive the GO stipend regardless of family income level. The stipend covers tuition, mandatory training costs and certification testing, and is paid directly to qualifying training providers in and out of state.

Students can apply even if they are uncertain where they will be going to school because applications can be updated. To learn more or to complete the stipend information, go to www.geneseego.org.

Substitute teachers and aides are needed
The Kearsley School District needs substitute teachers and aides. For more information about substitute teaching, call PESG at (866) 782-7277. For more information about teaching aides, call Tracy at (810) 591-7608.

Dial 2-1-1 for a community resource specialist
Central Michigan 2-1-1 connects people with agencies/organizations that provide water, food, clothing, education, counseling, health care, shelter, support groups, employment, legal aid, public safety, utility assistance, transportation, mental health services and more.

To contact Michigan 2-1-1, 24 hours per day, seven days per week, dial 2-1-1 or go to www.mi211.org

A community resource specialist will discuss callers’ needs and give information and/or referrals that callers can contact for assistance.


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  HORNET stands for Helping Others Recognize Noteworthy service, Excellence and Tradition! This is a program designed to provide parents, school employees, students, volunteers or visitors with an opportunity to recognize any Kearsley staff member who exemplifies educational excellence and / or extraordinary service to others. 

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