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Superintendent Office | 534 11th St. Frankfort, MI 49635

PH 231-352-4641 | FAX 231-352-5066

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The Frankfort-Elberta Area School District is located in Frankfort, Michigan in Benzie County and is nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan, 45 miles west of Traverse City. The school population for the 2019-2020 school year is 510 students, eager to learn. Educators are dedicated and caring and always look out for the student's best interest. M-STEP and standardized test scores are consistently above state and region averages.

Our School Board welcomes community input at the monthly meetings. To see the schedule of upcoming board meetings visit the School Board page.

Interested in enrolling your child at Frankfort Elberta Area Schools? Click here for information!


(updated 4/22/20 - 6:00pm)

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,

As you are aware, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order No. 2020-35, closing school buildings for the remainder of the 2020 school year. While the order wasn’t unexpected, it certainly will create a great number of questions regarding “what now”?

The administration team has been working throughout what was supposed to have been the pre-Covid 19 spring break. They will meet with staff again on Monday, April 6 through Thursday, April 9. During this time, teachers will be given more time and tools to plan for continuing to teach your son/daughter. They will be able to (virtually) collaborate to focus on the skills students need to be successful at grade level and as they move to the next. Now knowing they won’t be returning to classrooms in the traditional sense gives them a different focus and purpose.

Teachers may be providing some fun learning opportunities this coming week, but they will begin a slightly more structured approach beginning the week of April 13. Administrators will be communicating with their buildings and parents and guardians in the next few days.

Thank you for your patience and support during this challenging and ever-changing time period.

Jeff Tousley, Superintendent

Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools



(updated 3/27/20 - 1:00pm)

As we continue to navigate the challenges created by COVID-19, my first wish is that we all remain healthy and well during these unprecedented times. Please continue to check this page for updates. At this time we have no idea how long school closure will be in place. As I learn credible information I will share that out as quickly as possible.

As a continued reminder, communication between home and school is at the top of our list and we will do our best to make sure this happens in a timely manner. Regarding technology, please remind your children to use the protocols they already know regarding proper uses of their devices and how they communicate with their peers. The district has the ability to know which devices are being used inappropriately. Also, please do your best to monitor your child's screen time. Devices are never intended to be the focal point of your child's time away from school.

Our school calendar lists spring break as March 30 through April 5. I acknowledge this is not the spring break we all anticipated. At this time we do not officially know the return time for school. As such, I have instructed staff to treat this as spring break, knowing that we all need to energize to face what the spring may bring. Staff will be back in touch with students, beginning the week of April 6. This would also be an ideal time for your children to take a break from screen time.

We are still working on getting the word out regarding the food program. Fill out the form here if you are interested in signing up! The food program is open to ALL students and participation is not based on any qualifying standards such as a person's income. We have permission to operate the food program as a Summer Food Program, meaning it is open to all children 0-18. Also, those participating do not have to be enrolled at FEAS either. It is truly open to all children. Please share this information with anyone you feel would benefit from this.

The food program will continue to operate through Spring Break and our return to school with food deliveries on Mondays and Thursdays. The kitchen will also be open for food pick-up, Monday thru Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you have not yet participated in the program, and you would like to do so, please call the elementary office at 231-352-7601.

Be well and the FEAS staff hopes to see our students back at school as soon as possible.

Please continue to check this site for any updates.

Jeff Tousley, Superintendent

Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools



Late Start Wednesday FAQ

Preschool students will attend at their regular time as they do not have a late start.

Busses will run 1 hour and 25 minutes later than the regular school day.

Breakfast will be served at both at the elementary and junior-senior high school until classes begin at 9:30 a.m.

Busses will arrive at the junior-senior high school just after 9 a.m. and at the elementary at 9:15 a.m.

Both buildings will be open at 7:55 a.m. if students need to arrive earlier than 9:15 a.m. Remind your elementary child to use the main entrance off of M-22 and to check-in at the office if arrival is before 9:15 a.m. each Wednesday.

If you plan on dropping your elementary child off earlier than 9:15 a.m. please call the elementary office at 231-352-7601 to assure we have enough staff to supervise students that need care prior to 9:15 a.m.

Thank you for your patience, understanding, and support as this is our first Late Start Wednesday and with anything new, some adjustment to the times might need to take place. Please keep an eye on the district webpage for any updates.

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