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2020-21
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The 2020-21 school year has been full of surprises and changes. This page will share the most recent updates and changes, as we adjust to COVID-19 and the safety precautions we are making throughout our school community.


Message from the Superintendent: January 22, 2021

Dear Knights:

They’re baaaack! All of our in-person students were back on Tuesday for the first time since November 16th, and the smiles (behind the face coverings) were aplenty! If it wasn't for the temperature and snow, it would have otherwise felt like the start of a new school year.

Although the 7-day COVID positivity rate continues to decline (now at 6.6%), and our 14-day community incidence rate is currently the lowest in the county, we all know the virus is still very much among us. We currently have six (6) positive cases (all students) requiring home isolation and 81 individuals (74 students, 7 staff) who are home under quarantine. The good news is 44 individuals (38 students, 6 staff) will be returning as early as Monday.

As a reminder, it is important to complete the daily health screener every school day, and it is imperative students stay home if they have any two of the following symptoms:

  • Fever (measured or subjective)
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Extreme Tiredness/Fatigue
  • Sore Throat
  • Congestion or Runny nose
  • Body aches
  • Nausea/vomiting or Diarrhea

OR one of the following symptoms:

  • New cough
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Shortness of breath.

With your consent, school nurses are able to administer a free Rapid Antigen test if your student is experiencing symptoms. Test results take approximately 30 minutes.

With the arrival of a new, more contagious strain of COVID19 in Michigan, it is critically important for students to stay home when anybody in the household is experiencing any of the above symptoms or awaiting a test result due to being a close contact of a COVID positive person. In many cases, all household members contract COVID once it is in the home, so please keep your student(s) home if anybody in the home is suspected of having COVID.

Despite our many safety protocols, including face coverings, cohorting, limiting transitions, and regular hand washing, some students and staff must quarantine as a result of being a close contact. A close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a COVID positive person for 15 minutes or more within the day starting from 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms or from a positive test. You can help slow the spread and minimize the number of individuals who have to quarantine by keeping all household members home when COVID symptoms are present in the home.

We love having students back in-person every day, and we want to do everything possible to maintain this schedule. Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

#uKNIGHTedWEstand

Gerald Hopkins
Superintendent

Meals
The USDA has approved free meals to all children ages 0-18 through the end of the 2020-21 school year! Whether attending in person or virtually as part of our Kenowa Hills Online Learning Academy (KHOLA), all students have access to a free breakfast and lunch every school day. Breakfast and lunch service will be offered at all school sites where face-to-face learning is taking place.

Click here to access Food Service and Menu Information

Screening for Face-to-Face Students
All students attending in person must be screened prior to school every day. Parents/Guardians will receive either a text message or email at 5:30am on each school day as a reminder to complete the very simple screener when your child awakes. The electronic screening tool can be completed until 8:30am. Unfortunately, we are unable to change the time of the screening period at this point; however, we are hopeful that we will be able to customize this in the near future. The tool is designed to quickly and accurately identify anybody who should not enter our buildings either because they are experiencing symptoms, or have been in contact with a known case of COVID-19. Please contact the school once the office opens if the screener instructs you to do so. It is imperative parents complete the screener for each of their students every school day prior to coming to school. The daily electronic screener does not need to be completed if your child is not coming to school that day. Thank you for your cooperation and support in completing this daily requirement.

Face Coverings

Thank you for helping your students get accustomed to wearing a mask and supporting us with this very important safety requirement. Although we are providing cloth masks, students can wear any cloth mask (except bandanas) as long as it is appropriate for the school setting and is not a distraction to teaching and learning. As a reminder, all cloth masks should be hand washed or laundered after each use.

School Nurses

Feel free to call the school nurse if you have any questions about symptoms your student is experiencing. We are extremely grateful to have school nurses available to care for students who have minor medical needs. The nurses will also be able to administer a COVID test with written parent consent. Contact information is below and you can click here for more information and school nurse bios:

Alpine Elementary
alpinenurses@khps.org
784-0884x5454
Rachael Boafu (Primary)
Jessica Spitters (Alternate)

Central Elementary
centralnurses@khps.org
453-6351x6342
Alex Corbett (M/F)
Kathy Demeester (Tu/W/Th)
Jordan Meagher (Alternate)

Zinser Elementary
zinsernurses@khps.org
453-2461x4207
Courtney Ellens (Primary)
Makayla Myszka (Alternate)

Middle School
msnurses@khps.org
784-3225x7306
Shelby Gotaas (M)
Jesseca Schrader (Tu/W)
Lauren Dekruyter (Th/F)

High School
hsnurses@khps.org
784-2400x8231
Quinn McGill (Primary)
Trevor Baird (Alternate)

Meals

The USDA has approved free meals to all children ages 0-18 through the end of the 2020-21 school year! Whether attending in person or virtually as part of our Kenowa Hills Online Learning Academy (KHOLA), all students have access to a free breakfast and lunch every school day. Breakfast and lunch service will be offered at all school sites where face-to-face learning is taking place.

KHOLA Weekly Meal Boxes
Click here to access the Weekly Order Form for the Meal Kits. Orders are due by 12:00 PM on Friday, the week before the scheduled meal pickup time. Meal Kit pick up will be Wednesday’s from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM at the Field House entrance of the High School.

As a reminder:

  • Meal kits contain 6 breakfasts and 6 lunches
  • Meals kits are provided at NO COST
  • You are able to order additional boxes for children ages 0-18 in your family that are not enrolled in KHOLA.
  • Kenowa students enrolled in Face-to-Face learning are not eligible for Meal Kits
  • The menu for the week is listed on the Order Form. Menu items are subject to change based on availability, but we will do everything we can to provide what is listed each week.

We are still offering daily meal pick up through Tuesday, September 29th from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Field House entrance of the high school.


Updated Daily Schedules for Face-to-Face Learners

The daily schedule has been adjusted to allow for teachers to accompany their students during breakfast and lunch.

Elementary daily schedule:

8:30 a.m. Students arrive
8:35 a.m. School begins
3:02 p.m. School ends

Secondary (Middle and High School) daily schedule:

7:40 a.m. Students arrive
7:45 a.m. School begins
2:17 p.m. School ends

Important Dates: Click here to access the full 2020-21 Calendar

Thanksgiving Break: November 25-27
Winter Break
: December 21, 2020 – January 1, 2021
School resumes
: January 4
Spring Break
: April 2-9


2020-21 Bus Routes


2020-21 Back to School Plans

Click here to access full details on our Fall 2020 Back to School Plan

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