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Return To School

September 24, 2021

Dear UCS Parents/Guardians,

Over the last several weeks, Utica Community Schools bus driver Krystal Maxwell has been featured in several stories about staff shortages across the greater metro Detroit region.  In these appearances, she talks about the critical services that drivers and school employees provide our students.  She recently closed one of these reports by simply stating: “I love my job. I make a difference every day in one of my student’s lives.”

Krystal speaks for all of us at Utica Community Schools.  We – staff, parents, community members and students – have an opportunity to make a difference at UCS.  While COVID-19 has been frustrating and painful, it has demonstrated our resilience and commitment to our children. 

As we have since the beginning of the pandemic, we are partnering with the Macomb County Health Department to implement a layered approach to mitigation strategies in our schools. Through this partnership, we have worked closely with the health department on key areas of concern, including required quarantines.  We continue to update the website with information related to both quarantines and the services provided to students who are close contacts.  The required use of face coverings will be used as a mitigation strategy for classrooms, self-contained programs or schools that are experiencing an increased impact of COVID-19.

Back to School  


Our schools reflect our communities, and we are closely monitoring cases in our community.  As the impact of COVID-19 on our district and community changes, we will make adjustments accordingly. 

As we address local challenges, we are continuing to return to traditions that are important to the school experience.  Homecoming is back with outdoor activities at our high schools.   BandARama will also return on October 10.  In the coming months, we will be inviting community feedback through the AccelerateUCS strategic planning process. Your voice is important to us as we look to the future. 

We are committed to moving forward with a focus on the needs of all students and their success. We know that by working together and supporting each other, we will provide every student with a positive experience and be the difference in their lives.


Robert S. Monroe
Superintendent of Schools