Superintendent

Freeman Families:
Welcome back to the 2021-2022 school year! We are excited to have students and staff back in
the building and are set to have a great year at Freeman Public Schools. In this Newsletter, you
will find information about several things that will help you prepare for the beginning of the
school year. If you have any questions, please reach out to the school, and we will do our best to
help.

It was a busy summer at Freeman. Our maintenance and custodial staff were busy with summer
projects and getting the building ready for everyone’s return. A few summer upgrades include a
new Fireguard panel, epoxy floors in the kitchen entryway and high school restrooms, carpet in
the music/band rooms, and several new LED lights. We are also in the process of fixing water
damage in the North Gym. Phase I of the project involved disconnecting the bleachers, cutting
out the existing floor, and installing drain tile and a sump pump. We hope to have the first phase
of the project done in the next week, and the gym will be re-finished over Thanksgiving break.

The beginning of any school year brings excitement, hope, and maybe a little bit of anxiety. This
year is no different. The dedication of Freeman Public Schools still lies in the success of our
students, families, and staff. In 2021-2022, Freeman Public Schools will continue its Rise to
Excellence! The school year will include opportunities for students to utilize their strengths,
learn, and grow. We welcome five new teachers and seven new members to our support staff.
We have also added new classes to our Grades 7-12 schedule, including Student Leadership,
Print Journalism, Spanish 8, and Power, Structural, and Technical Foundations.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has not ended, we hope to return to a more typical school year.
At this point, Freeman Public Schools plans to operate in a traditional learning environment
during the 2021-2022 school year unless there is a state or federal mandate that requires school
districts to implement specific protocols or if there is a COVID-19 outbreak (10% or more of the
student/staff population testing positive for COVID-19 or 50 individuals total). If a COVID-19
outbreak were to occur, the district would look to implement some or all of the safety protocols
in our Safe Return Plan. Guidance regarding isolation and quarantine if a positive case occurs
can be found in this Newsletter. We ask all families to continue communicating with the school
when illness occurs.

The 2021-2022 school year is fast approaching. I hope you can take advantage of the remaining
days of summer. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to our principals or me, and
we will do our best to help. Here’s to a great year!

Andy Havelka
Superintendent
Freeman Public Schools