Disclaimer: This page is dedicated to all the updates concerning the Vicksburg District Library during our extended closure of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The posts listed below may not concern patrons or facilities beyond the area of Vicksburg, Kalamazoo, or the state of Michigan. Thank you.

Edit: 12:49pm, Thursday, April 2, 2020

VCS Superintendent Keevin O’Neill sent out the following message to VCS families via email this afternoon:

“Good Afternoon Vicksburg Families,

First and foremost, I hope this email finds you safe and healthy.  Today, Governor Whitmer issued executive order 2020-35 closing all schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  This was expected, and I want all of you to know we have been working diligently on plans to continue learning during this unprecedented time.

With that being said, we have many details that still need to be worked out.  My hope is to communicate our plans to all families and students in the very near future.  I cannot thank all of you enough for your patience, your calmness, and your support during this difficult time.  We are in this together and rest assured, the well-being of our entire school community is our top priority,  

I hope you can take some time to enjoy spring break.  

You have my promise that I will continue to communicate regularly regarding VCS operations.

Please take care and know you are all in my thoughts,

Keevin O’Neill, Superintendent”

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued the following Executive Order, 2020-35, this morning, ordering that all in-person educational institutions be suspended for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year. The order states the following…

“Given virus’s aggressively persistent spread and potentially fatal consequences, in-person instruction in our schools is too dangerous to resume in the near future, and very likely for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.”

The full print of Executive Order 2020-35 can be accessed at the link below.

Executive Order 2020-35: Provision of K-12 Education During the Remainder of the 2019-2020 School Year

Saturday, March 28, 2020

The following notice was released yesterday from the Kalamazoo County Government and the Health and Community Services Department:

“The Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department (HCS) is changing the hours of operation for the COVID-19 Call Center. The call center will operate Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Since

March 16, 2020, the Kalamazoo County Call Center has answered 1,586 calls. The calls are answered by public health nurses who provide guidance to providers and the public regarding medical-related questions. The reduction to the hours is due to the decrease in number of calls received. The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) COVID-19 Hotline 1-888-535-6136 is still operational Sunday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.”

The complete release is available for download below in both English and Spanish.

Edit: 2:03pm, Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The following was just emailed to parents/guardians of Vicksburg Community School students by superintendent Keevin O’Neill:

“Dear VCS Families,

First and foremost, I hope this email finds you and your family safe and healthy.  I know I’ve stated it many times, but the safety, security, and health of our students, staff, and families is, and will always be, the number one priority of VCS.  As we enter day two of the “stay home, stay safe” order from Governor Whitmer, I wanted to assure all of you that VCS will continue to support all students and families during the current shutdown the best that we possibly can. 

  • Food delivery and pick-up will continue through the shutdown, including spring break week.  If you have questions regarding food service during the shutdown, please email them to: foodsupport@vicksburgschools.org
  • The current order from the Governor closes schools through April 13th.  Under this order, students would return to school on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, a day later than originally planned.
  • Teachers will continue to share optional learning opportunities and materials during the shutdown.  Thank you all for your efforts keeping your children engaged during the shutdown.  

I would also like to take a moment to list some frequently asked questions and provide the most up-to-date answers to those questions:

  • Will the school year be extended due to the days lost during the shutdown?

We do not have the answer yet.  The Michigan Department of Education recently stated that school days lost during the shutdown would not count as instructional days.  I will certainly keep you posted as more information becomes available out of Lansing.  

  • Will students have to repeat grades if the remainder of the school year is canceled?

We do not have the answer yet.  Governor Whitmer has said she has no desire to hold students back due to something that is out of their control.    

  • Will VCS develop a plan to teach students remotely?

At this time, VCS is committed to providing optional learning opportunities to our students during the shutdown.  IF the shutdown is extended in the future, we will begin planning based on guidance from the Michigan Department of Education.  

As you can see, many questions remain unanswered.  I would like to thank you again for your patience and calmness during the current shutdown.  Many unknowns exist and we will continue to rely on guidance from the State as decisions are made.  

You have my promise that I will continue to communicate regularly to ensure you have the most up-to-date information regarding the operations of VCS during the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation.  

Please feel free to reach out to me directly if you have any questions.  

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Keevin J. O’Neill, Superintendent

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Per the Kalamazoo County Government and the Health and Community Services Department, “For at least the next three weeks, essential services that sustain and protect health and life will continue at HCS, Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. No evening clinics will be held on Thursdays.”

The press release is available for download below in both English and Spanish. The release gives a list of the essential services remaining open and what limitations they may include at this time.

Edit: 11:32am, Monday, March 23, 2020

This morning, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared Executive Order 2020-21 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, also known as Coronavirus. This order, commonly referred to as “Shelter in Place,” orders all non-essential businesses to be closed and highly recommends that all residents of Michigan stay in their home or residence to help suppress the spread of this novel virus. A link to Executive Order 2020-21 is listed below.

Governor Whitmer had this to say during her press conference this morning:

  • grocery stores and pharmacies are allowed to stay open so that food and prescriptions may be readily accessed
  • doctors offices are allowed to stay open to provide medical care
  • restaurants are allowed to provide take out and drive thru service to provide food
  • food supplies are adequate, so there is no need to panic and/or hoard
  • there is no vaccine for COVID-19 at this time
  • while doctors are working diligently, it is expected that there will NOT be a sufficient number of beds in Michigan hospitals for all those diagnosed with COVID-19
  • milder cases of COVID-19 will be sent home to recover
  • walks and going outside are allowed at this time as long as people stay a distance of 6 feet from each other
  • hand washing with soap and warm water for 20 seconds multiple times a day is highly encouraged
  • washing any clothes or surfaces that may be contaminated should be done right away
  • do not touch your face, specifically eyes, nose, and mouth, if you are able
  • above all, people are highly encouraged to stay at home or their place of residence for the next three weeks

We continue to wish you all the best in safety and health at this time. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at info@vicksburglibrary.org.

Executive Order 2020-21

Monday, March 23, 2020

The Kalamazoo County Government issued a press release this morning. “The Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department (HCS) is reporting three positive cases for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The three adult cases are unrelated. Two have travel histories within the State of Michigan and one with no known travel history outside of Kalamazoo County. HCS’s communicable disease staff will be contacting people who have been in close contact with the patients. Those people will be assessed for symptoms and monitored appropriately.”

The full release can be accessed and downloaded below. Thank you.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

This afternoon, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer released Executive Order 2020-20. Similar to Executive Order 2020-09, this order extends to closure of all non-essential public places (such as libraries and museums) and places of amusement until Monday, April 13, 2020. The previous date had been Monday, April 6, 2020.

For the Vicksburg Public Library, we are currently discussing when our current due date will be for all items currently checked out. At the moment, it is still being set at Monday, April 13th. When we update this we will be sure to let you know here on the website and on all of our social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram).

A copy of Executive Order 2020-20 is available for download below. If you have any questions or concerns, the best way to reach us is by email at info@vicksburglibrary.org. We will get back to you as soon as we are able.

Again, stay safe and healthy during this time everyone.

Executive Order 2020-20

Edit: 12:58pm, Wednesday, March 18, 2020

There has been concern with the Coronavirus closure that our patrons will not have access to 2019 tax forms. While we cannot open to give you access to them, we have created a page containing many of the common forms our patrons need that can be downloaded and printed from home. The page can be found at the left hand menu. If you need to request a link to a form that is not listed, please contact us at info@vicksburglibrary.org. We will get to your request as soon as we are able and will be happy to help you! Thank you again for your patience at this time.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

As a reminder to our patrons, the following guidelines are in place at this time during our unprecedented closure:

  • The Vicksburg District Library (as well as all libraries in the state of Michigan) have been ordered closed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
  • At this time, we are reopening on Monday, April 6th. However, this could change in the future depending on how events unfold.
  • For the safety and health of our patrons and staff, our drop boxes are closed at this time. Please keep your items until we reopen. All boxes are shut with notices across them. Please do not remove the notices and place your items in the drop boxes as the drop boxes are not being emptied and checked daily. This could mean damage to items, which could result in fines on your account.
  • While this may not be reflected on your account online, the new due date for all items is currently April 13th. This includes MeL items. All overdue fees that are being accrued at this time will be waived once we reopen.
  • All MeL orders are suspended at this time. They will activated once more when we officially reopen.
  • When we reopen, we will not be taking book donations until at least May 1st. This date, however, may be subject to change as well.
  • When we reopen and items are checked in, all fees reflecting the dates of this closure will be waived as long as they are returned to the Vicksburg District Library by April 13th, giving all patrons a window of opportunity to return items. Once items are returned, fees will be waived and will be reflected in your online account.

Please remember that the dates and guidelines above may be subject to change during this time. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at info@vicksburglibrary.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We wish you all continued safety and health at this time!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented and has left many people with unanswered questions. The Vicksburg District Library had launched the page Understanding Coronavirus to help everyone during this time. It can be found at http://www.vicksburglibrary.org/understanding-coronavirus.

Edit: 1:43pm, Monday, March 16, 2020

Early this afternoon, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order No. 2020-9, Temporary restrictions on the use of place of public accommodation. This includes libraries and museums. A copy of the full order is available below. Thank you for your continued diligence.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Good morning to our VDL patrons! We have some updates this morning about our closure and wanted to get some answers to you about the current situation…

First, as previously stated, at the behest of the Library of Michigan and the recommendation of Gov. Whitmer, the Vicksburg District Library is closed to all patrons at this time due to concerns about the transmission of Covid-19, the Cornoavirus. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, but please know that we are working diligently with your health and safety in mind.

Second, we expect to reopen on Monday, April 6th at the earliest. This date, however, may change depending on future developments. That being said, if you have any items currently checked out, here are a few things for you to keep in mind:

  • While this may not be reflected on your account online, the new due date for all items is currently April 13th.
  • All overdue fees that are being accrued at this time will be waived once we reopen.
  • Please do not bring items to return to our drop boxes. All three drop boxes are currently closed.
  • All MeL orders are suspended at this time. They will activate once more when we officially reopen.
  • When we reopen, we will not be taking book donations until May 1st. This date, however, may be subject to change as well.
  • When we reopen and items are checked in, all fees reflecting the dates of this closure will be waived as long as they are returned to the Vicksburg District Library by April 13th. This will then be reflected in your online library account.

Third, as previously announced, all programming at the library and any room reservations have been cancelled at this time. We will let you know when they are reinstated. Please keep in mind that this may not be the day we reopen. However, Stephanie and Adrianne are working on virtual programs and resources that you may access online in the next week or so. We will keep you updated on this here and on our social media sites (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter).

Fourth, we will be posting different resources to help you stay safe and health at this time from the Coronavirus.

Lastly, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, you are welcome to email us at info@vicksburglibrary.org. We will get back to you as soon as we are available.

Stay safe and healthy during this time everyone!