Dr. Dan Applegate - Superintendent of Schools

Dan Applegate

August 31, 2020

Dear Niles Community Schools Families,

At Niles Community Schools, we are pleased to have students back for the 2020-21 school year. Throughout the summer, the district’s teachers, staff and administrators worked tirelessly to prepare for a safe and robust return to the classroom, whether in-person or virtually.

Based on the guidance of the Berrien County Health Department and the Governor’s Return to School Roadmap, we have implemented new safety protocols—such as commercial-grade cleaning solutions commonly used in health care facilities—to provide students, teachers and staff with a safe learning environment. We have also had countless conversations with parents and teachers after the release of our preliminary plans that have helped guide our decisions for the school year.

The approved return to school plan includes district-wide safety measures and learning protocols, as well as a robust plan for online learning. Whether together or at a distance, we are all Vikings, and our goal is to support all students and families throughout the school year.

We will continue to work closely with local health officials and offer in-person instruction as long as it is safe to do so. We have talented staff whose track record of student success speaks for itself. 

As the district and its families look ahead to the upcoming school year, there may be barriers to overcome along the way, but we will remain dedicated to providing a safe learning environment with the high quality education the district’s families have come to expect.

Thank you for your patience, flexibility and continued support.


Dr. Daniel Applegate, Superintendent

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