Grand Rapids Public Schools is back 100% in-person for the 2021-2022 school year! With over 40 schools in one dynamic district, we take pride in preparing our students for the real world.
COVID-19 Health Expectations for Students
This is an important reminder about our COVID-19 health safety expectations for all students.
- Masks are required at all times in GRPS district buildings for all students, staff, and visitors regardless of vaccination status. Students are expected to bring and wear their own mask.
- You are required to keep your student home and notify the school if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms regardless of vaccination status. Symptoms include:
- Fever 100.4F or higher OR feels warm to touch
- New cough or change in cough
- Shortness of breath
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Body aches
- Diarrhea, vomiting, or nausea
- Severe headache
- Extreme tiredness
- Congestion or runny nose
- You are also required to keep your student home if they are unvaccinated AND:
- Have had close contact or live with someone who tested positive for COVID-19
- Live with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 and is awaiting test results
- If your student is being tested for COVID-19, tests positive for COVID-19, or has been placed in quarantine because of an exposure, you are required to keep your student home and contact your school nurse. Your school nurse will conduct contact tracing and provide you with isolation/quarantine guidelines.
Visit grps.org/coronavirus for additional information.
We want everyone to remain safe and healthy, so we must be vigilant in our ways. Thank you.
Leadriane Roby, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
BACK TO SCHOOL SAFETY TIPS
As we prepare our K-12 children for another school year, we need to be constantly thinking about their safety. This applies to their safety to and from school and while on school grounds.
Drivers must remain watchful. Children dart unexpectedly into traffic, often from between parked cars. Young pedestrians face a variety of dangers while walking to and from school.
Basic safety tips for your child to follow:
- Mind all traffic signals and the crossing guard.
- Walk your bike through intersections.
- Walk with a buddy.
- Wear reflective material. It makes you more visible to street traffic.
Safety tips for entering and exiting the school bus:
- Have a safe place to wait for your bus, away from traffic and the street.
- Stay away from the bus until it comes to a complete stop.
- When being dropped off, exit the bus and walk ten steps away from the bus. Also, remember that the bus driver can see you best when you are away from the bus.
- Use the handrail to enter and exit the bus.
- Be aware of street traffic. Drivers are required to follow the rules of the road concerning school buses, but not all do. Protect yourself and watch out.
Safe bicycling tips:
- Always wear a helmet.
- Always ride on the right side of the road. Never ride against traffic.
- Ride single file. When passing other bikers or pedestrians, let them know your position by shouting out something like, “On your left!”
- Always check behind you before changing lanes.
- Watch out for dangerous things in the roadway. Litter, potholes, gravel and storm drains all can cause you to lose control.
- Stop at all stop signs and at all traffic lights. Be extra careful at crossroads.
- Always signal before making a left or right turn.
- Maintain control of your bike. Don’t swerve or make sudden turns.
- Use caution when riding next to parked cars to avoid injury from someone suddenly opening a car door in front of you.
- Listen for cars approaching from the side or behind you.
- Don’t follow a car too closely. You may be in the blind spot, where the driver cannot see you, and you may be unable to stop if the car comes to a sudden halt.
- Know your road signs and obey them.
- Always be prepared to stop.
- Wear brightly colored clothing.
- Don’t wear headphones, loose clothing or inappropriate shoes.
These are only a few safety tips we want parents to remind their children of as they began to return to school. If we work together, we can continue to keep our children safe not only in school, but to and from school, as well.
Full Back to School Safety Tips Press Conference