216 North Street W.
Tawas City, MI 48763
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Emanuel Lutheran

Our Purpose
We have a Christian Day School to assist the home in its responsibility of giving its youth a Christian education.  Such Christian education aims to foster faith and motivate an entire life of Christian living.

The basis for all our objectives is the Word of the Lord Himself, for He has commanded, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it,” (Proverbs 22:6). We want to give our children that most important part of education, a feeding of the soul and strengthening of faith. This is not something that can be done haphazardly and only occasionally, therefore in our school the Word of God is applied throughout the day and is the basis and guide for all learning and living.

Find out all the ways Emanuel Lutheran School can make a difference in your child's life. Call today at
 989.362.3622 for enrollment information.

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Emanuel Lutheran School – Tawas City, MI

“SAFE START PLAN for 2020-2021”

Approved August 11, 2020 

Phases 1-3 (No in-person instruction, remote only)

*Emanuel will implement its “stay at home” learning plan.

*Homework packets will be sent home weekly.

*Select homework will be returned by a designated day and be graded.

*Some homework will be emailed to the teacher.

*Teachers, students, and parents will communicate via texts, phone calls, emails.


Phase 4 (In-person instruction with required safety protocols)

Personal Protective Equipment

*Facial coverings will always be worn by staff except for meals.

*Facial coverings will always be worn by students in grades 6-8 except for meals.

*Facial coverings will be worn by students in K-5 when outside of the classroom.

*Facial coverings will not be required outside of the building.

*Facial coverings must be worn by anyone riding the bus.

Note that facial coverings will not be required of those who cannot medically tolerate them.


*Soap and hand sanitizer will be available and signs reinforcing proper handwashing techniques will be posted.

*Hand sanitizer must be used before entering the bus.

Screening Students & Staff

*Emanuel will follow guidelines set by the local health department.

Responding to Positive Cases

*Emanuel will follow the guidelines set by the local health department.

Food Service & Extracurricular Activities

*Emanuel’s hot lunch program will be suspended until further notice.

*Indoor assemblies of the entire student body, other than chapel services, will be suspended until further notice.

*Proper social distancing will be followed during chapel services in the church.

*Emanuel will follow MHSAA guidelines for athletics.

*Indoor athletic events are suspended until further notice.


*Desks and other frequently touched surfaces will be disinfected throughout the day.

*Staff will wear proper protective equipment when cleaning.


Phase 5 (In-person instruction with strongly recommended safety protocols)

*Emanuel will follow the guidelines provided by the Michigan Safe Schools “Return to School Roadmap”.


Phase 6 (In-person instruction with normal safety protocols)

*Emanuel will return to their normal routine of in-person instruction


Emanuel Lutheran School
Tawas City, MI
Addendum to the Safe Start Plan

           The faculty and staff at Emanuel Lutheran School are gearing up for the start of a new school year. We will be following the guidelines of the MI Return to School Roadmap for 2020-2021 that was developed for all Michigan schools and school districts. As you may know, the plan is divided into several “phases” based on the seriousness of Covid 19. Emanuel will implement the “required” protocols and make use of some of the recommendations where it best seems fit for our situation. Currently we are in Phase Four which means we can return to in-person instruction but with some stringent required safety protocols. How many of these protocols are carried out, is up to each individual school. And that is the purpose of this addendum.
           Emanuel’s Board of Education approved a Safe Start Plan for our school, and the faculty primarily determined how these requirements will be implemented. Please be aware that adjustments may have to be made during the school year to make this work as smoothly as possible without interfering with the quality education that we are used to providing at Emanuel. Please observe these new guidelines as an outward display of the love and concern we have for others within our school community. Feel free to provide feedback to our policies and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Hopefully we will be able to lighten up on some of these restrictions as the school year progresses.

Please note the following:

  • Every morning parents should take their child’s temperature. If it is 100.4 degrees or higher, do NOT send them to school.
  • As usual, children riding the bus will be dismissed first. After the bus has left, we will send the rest of the student body out to the parking lot.
  • We ask that parents do not enter the building unless it is a necessity. If you do have to come in, avoid entering the classrooms and/or congesting the hallway. Also please wear a mask and use the hand sanitizer provided.
  • Arrows will be placed at the entryway and in the hallway to keep the flow of people going in one direction. Always walk on the right side.
  • The drinking fountains will not be available for use. All students will need to have their own water bottle.
  • The children will not be able to use the refrigerator for their lunches until further notice. Lunch boxes with cold packs would work well for those who need to keep something cold.
  • The microwaves will be temporarily off limits so that means no warm-up days for students. 

May God be with us as we work together to continue providing a quality education for his lambs!
Principal Dennis Friske
Faculty of Emanuel Lutheran School


Note for Parents
Emanuel Lutheran School
September 9, 2021
Covid 19:  We have had a great start to the school year with no known positive cases of Covid among our students or teachers. If a case arises or if you suspect your child has been in contact with someone who has Covid, let the teacher know and keep your child home until the Health Department advises you on the steps you should take. Generally, a student who has come in contact with a person who tested positive for Covid must quarantine at home for 10 days from the last contact date.
School Mission:  Our chapel offerings this year will be used to support the New Beginnings – A Home for Mothers program in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The money gathered will assist in the well-being, continuing education, spiritual growth, and personal progress of generationally-poor mothers and babies. Our students will each receive a baby bottle bank to take home and place their donations into. About once a month or when full, we’ll ask the students to bring in their bottles to empty into a larger container. Watch for more information to come out as the year commences.
Pizza Day:  We will not be continuing our Hot Lunch program yet, so we decided to have a “Pizza Day” once a month. This tradition will begin on Wednesday, October 13, and will cost $3.00. More details will come out soon.
May God continue to bless our year!
Dennis Friske, Principal


Upcoming Events

Emanuel Lutheran School
216 North Street W.
Tawas City, MI 48763
Current staff:

Dennis Friske 
Grades 6-8

Mona Friske
Grades 3-5
Cathy Felsing
Grades K-2
Debbie Schultz
Pastor Mark Lindloff
Catechism (Grades 6-8)