The safety, health, and well-being of our students,
families, and staff has been at the forefront of all
decision making regarding the start of school.
Parent and staff survey data showed the highest level of
support for virtual learning.
Recommendation is to start school on Tuesday, August 25,
2020, 100% virtually for the first 9 weeks with continuous
assessment of the plan and preparations to shift to hybrid
or 100% in-person.
District is seeking continued flexibility and support from
the state on average daily attendance, student count,
instructional days and hours, and more.
New virtual plan increases synchronous, direct instruction.
Announced one-to-one devices for all students with supports
for internet access.
New digital literacy classes through Parent University.
Increased help and support for students and families.
High school athletics continue as planned in accordance with
the executive order and MHSAA guidelines.
The following is the
presentation made by GRPS Superintendent Leadriane Roby
today regarding the district’s return to learn plan:
“Good afternoon. A tremendous
amount of time, energy, expertise, planning, stakeholder
feedback, and collaboration with the union has gone into
developing our COVID-10 Preparedness Response Plan.
We have relied on multiple
sources for direction including, but not limited to:
The KISD Futures Committee
The State Return to Learn Task Force that Dr. Gorman served
The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force on Education Return to
School Advisory Council
Kent County Health Department
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control
The Governor's Office
On June 30, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued an Executive Order
that included the recommendations from her COVID-19 Task Force
on the MI Safe Schools Roadmap.
The executive order requires all
districts to develop three plans in preparation for the fall —
100% in person, 100% distance learning, and a hybrid combination
of the two.
As part of our planning, we
surveyed our parents and staff to get their feedback about our
distance learning plan in the Spring and their thoughts and
concerns about returning to school in the fall.
The KISD survey in June received
nearly 4000 responses from GRPS parents. Specifically, on the
71% said they are extremely or very confident that distance
learning would be the safest
After Governor Whitmer released
her Executive Order and the Michigan Safe Schools Roadmap, we
surveyed parents and staff again. The survey technically ended
last week Thursday and the findings show the most support for
starting back in distance learning.
Of nearly 7,000 parents representing more than 12,000
students, 48% chose distance learning as the most preferred
option, followed by hybrid at 26%, and in person at 25%.
Of the nearly 1,000 staff members, 53% most preferred
distance learning, followed by 25% for hybrid, and 33% for
in person learning.
We have repeatedly said the
safety, health, and well-being of our students and staff are our
top priority and will be the top priority in our decision
Based on the data, we are
recommending that we start back to school 100% distance learning
for the first marking period which goes until October 21.
During that 9 week period of
time, we will continuously assess our decision and will be
prepared for a potential in-person or hybrid return to school.
Of course, we will also follow
any executive direction from the state and federal governments.
In order to implement our virtual plan, we will need continued
flexibility and support from Governor Whitmer and the state
Legislature on our per pupil count, average daily attendance,
and instructional days and hours.
We are recommending an increase
in the amount of synchronous teaching at the elementary and
We are in collaboration with the
teachers’ union and will be releasing specific details at the
Board’s Academic Achievement Committee on August 5. In
conjunction with the Academic Achievement Committee, we are
planning a virtual town hall meeting on August 5 from 5:30pm
In order to further strengthen
and improve our distance learning plan, we will be launching one
to one devices for all GRPS students.
We will also be providing
resources to ensure all students have reliable internet access.
is in the process of developing a digital literacy training for
parents and we will continue to provide technical support for
students and parents.
We are establishing a “Family
Helpdesk” for just-in-time support for families. The Family
Helpdesk will be staffed to respond to general questions of all
types including technology questions, student passwords, and
more. Parents can call the main line at 616-819-2000 or
Its distance learning plan also
includes support and material packets for students with special
needs where online learning is not the best option for our most
We are still planning to
continue with athletics in accordance with the executive
order and MHSAA guidelines.
We will follow all rules and
regulations related to nutrition services.
In conclusion, we said that the
health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff would
be our top priority in decision making.
I believe starting with distance
learning is practicing what we preach and is by far our safest
approach to the start of school.
Thank you and I would like to
open it up for questions.”