Update on Nutrition Services
Daily Student Health Screener
COVID-19 Parent Handbook: Here is a link to the COVID-19 Parent Handbook. It is available in English, Spanish, Swahili, and Kinyarwanda.
Nutrition Services Update: We will be providing breakfast and lunch in school during the scheduled hybrid in-person days for Cohorts A and B. Meals will be provided in the cafeteria or gymnasium.
Grab and go meal sites will be Monday through Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at every school in the district except for Blandford, Museum Middle, Museum High, North Park at Wellerwood, and Zoo School.
Daily Student Health Screener Expectations: Parents and guardians with students attending school in-person are required to complete the daily health screener each day before students go to school. The links to the daily health screener are school-specific and will be sent as an email and text message to parents AND email to district-assigned student emails. We expanded this to include all student emails in PK-12 hybrid in-person due to the fact that we do not have emails or cell phones for all parents. If you have more than one child attending in-person school, you will need to complete the daily student health screener for each child using the link specific to their school.
The link will be sent at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Monday, and 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday for students in Cohort A. It will be sent at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, and 6:00 a.m. on Friday for students in Cohort B.
Update from Superintendent Roby
Given the current MHSAA guidelines, high school teams are tentatively allowed to begin practicing on Saturday, January 16. Not all our high school and/or middle school teams will begin on that day, and there will be very specific conditions under which practices can take place (COVID-19 protocols). Some sports teams may begin practicing on Tuesday, January 19. Your coaches will be in contact with you regarding practice and conditioning times, along with any other winter season requirements and expectations. All students must meet the sports physical, insurance fee and eligibility requirements. Please contact your coach or athletic office for more specific information.
Currently, elementary basketball has been canceled for this season and middle school winter 1 and 2 sports are to be determined.
Starting January 19, 2021, technology device distribution and repairs will be handled at the school buildings. Students who are hybrid in-person can trade in a device for repair or pick up a device when they are in-person at school. Parents of virtual-only students will need to contact their school to schedule an appointment to trade in a device for repair or pick up a device if their student has never had one. Hotspot distribution will be handled differently once hot spots are back in stock next week. We will have more information on hotspot distribution soon.
For all other technology-related issues and general questions, please contact the GRPS hotline at (616) 301-1111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our office hours will remain the same from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Students in grades 9-12 will now be allowed to start the hybrid in-person model along with PK-8 students on Tuesday, January 19. This is for students whose families opted for the hybrid in-person model. The 100% virtual model will still be provided for students that selected it instead. Any questions or additional information can be found by contacting your student’s school.
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.
We are pleased to provide you with our GRPS COVID-19 Handbook. This handbook is intended as a quick reference guide for all GRPS parents and guardians as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a living document that will be updated as changes or new information emerges.