Did you know that some chronically absent students have poor attendance for reasons beyond their control, such as unstable housing, unreliable transportation and a lack of access to health care? GRPS’ Family and Community Engagement (FACE) office aims to build a culture of attendance, which begins with identifying these types of barriers and facing them head-on.
A portion of the Parent University website has been dedicated to listing useful local resources for families. GRPS is committed to supporting more than just a child’s education; follow this link to explore resources related to mental health, meal distribution and nutrition services, bullying prevention, and more. Recognizing that COVID-19 has presented families with additional barriers, our website also provides links to resources around Kent County that can help support families through this challenging time.
Under the Resources tab on the Parent University website, you can also find a link to the GRPS Student Handbook, which contains information about attendance, grading scales, uniforms, behavioral expectations, and more.
Success for your child begins with 180 days of school. Starting today, challenge your child to strive for fewer than 5 absences every school year. Here are some of our partners who help the district and families like yours Strive for Less than 5:
Kent School Services Network
KSSN is a community school initiative that brings comprehensive health and human services to schools so that they can be easily accessed by students and families in a neighborhood setting. Learn more at https://www.kentssn.org/.
Believe 2 Become
Believe 2 Become, an initiative of the Doug and Maria DeVos foundation, works to ensure that young people achieve their full potential. B2B developed Strive for Less than 5, Parent University, and Project Lift and provided GRPS with essential program and funding support to launch and continue these initiatives. Their publication, Disruptive Strategies for Change Making outlines the history and key components of the Strive for Less than 5 initiative.
Kids’ Food Basket
This lifesaving food program nourishes children living at or near the poverty level with critical evening meals to level the playing field for their academic achievement. The meals equip children and families with better access to fresh, locally grown food in order to build a more vibrant, healthy West Michigan. The recent addition of a growing farm increases access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Volunteers are essential, and new faces are always welcome! Learn more at www.kidsfoodbasket.org.
Attendance works is the leading resource for districts, schools and families in reducing chronic absenteeism. The mission is to advance student success and help close equity gaps by reducing chronic absence. Learn more at https://www.attendanceworks.org/