Update from Superintendent Roby
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Superintendent Leadriane Roby is launching a weekly video update every Wednesday. Check back every Wednesday to view her latest video, or find it on our Facebook page!
With more than 650 new cases per day and positivity rates holding well above 15% – the highest local rates since the onset of the pandemic – the Kent County Health Department has issued a public health warning to avoid indoor residential gatherings of people from multiple households, including over the holidays.
A new emergency order is ordering a three-week pause on indoor social gatherings and group activities as COVID-19 infection rates quickly rise. Families are encouraged to only interact with one other family during this time. Bars and restaurants will be open for outdoor dining, carry-out and delivery only. Gyms will remain open for individual exercise with strict safety measures in place. Casinos, movie theaters and group exercise classes will be closed. Professional and college sports meeting extraordinary standards for risk mitigation may continue without spectators, however all other organized sports must stop. Colleges and high schools may proceed with remote learning, but must end in-person classes.
Starting Monday, September 9th, GRPS students will receive increased direct teacher instruction and more small group academic support. Synchronous learning for elementary/PK-5/PK-8 students will be Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to Noon for the remainder of the semester. In addition, GRPS is expanding automated attendance communications to include robocalls, text messages, and emails. Teachers will continue to take attendance at the beginning of each class period on synchronous learning days. The attendance communication will be sent at approximately 10:30 a.m. informing parents if their student did not attend.
Parents, please make time to pick up your student’s device! They will be used even when in-person learning eventually becomes an option. To pick up your student’s device or receive assistance with the device or internet access, schedule an appointment by calling 616-301-1111.