4/15/21: new cases have been reported on the COVID dashboard.

2020-21
Information HUB

2020-21 Information Hub

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: April 16, 2021

Dear Knights:

My heart breaks as we mourn the passing of one of our beloved students. It is with great sadness that I share news from the family of Kayla Chapman. Kayla, an 11th grade student at our high school, passed away peacefully in her sleep the morning of April 14.

Kayla positively impacted the lives of many at Kenowa Hills having been a part of our district since third grade. I ask all members of the KHPS community to keep the Chapman family in their thoughts at this difficult time.

Our district has a Crisis Intervention Team made up of professionals trained to meet the needs of students, parents, and school personnel at difficult times such as this. Each school has a mental health professional available for any student who may need or want help or any type of assistance surrounding this loss. We encourage you, as parents, to also feel free to use our resources.

At the bottom of this email are links to resources that may be useful to you in helping your student at home. If you would like additional information or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Brooke Davis, our Director of Diversity, Equity & Mental Health Services at (616) 784-2511.

With our return from Spring Break, we continue to focus on the well being of our students and returning to the safety measures that have been proven to be effective. We currently have 21 individuals (all students) who are isolating as a result of testing positive for COVID-19 and 95 individuals (93 students, 2 staff) who are quarantining due to contact tracing. The number of positive cases in our schools and the resulting number of quarantines are updated daily on our COVID-19 Dashboard.

Transmission of COVID-19 within our schools continues to be very rare. Daily health screenings, wearing a face covering, and frequent hand washing have proven to be effective strategies at mitigating the spread of the virus.

That said, there has been a significant increase in the transmission of COVID-19 within homes and social settings. In addition to the health concerns associated with COVID, having the virus within the home significantly increases the length of time students are away from school.

Due to this increase in COVID cases, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has increased the quarantine length to 14 days. The quarantine begins after isolation ends for the person who is COVID positive, making the quarantine period for family members at least 24 days.

Two drive-thru COVID testing sites will be open again this weekend if your student develops symptoms.

A testing clinic at 412 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids will be open Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. No appointment is necessary. A second drive-thru testing site will be open at our High School (main entrance) on Sunday from 12:00 - 5:00 P.M. For the High School testing clinic, please call 616-260-4410 when you arrive, and a school nurse will provide instructions to guide you through the testing process. If the nurse does not answer, it is because she is conducting a test. Please leave a voicemail and wait in your call until the nurse returns your call.

There is no cost for our students to be tested at either location. Simply indicate your student attends Kenowa Hills when being tested. We continue to closely monitor our local COVID metrics.

It is our priority to continue daily in-person instruction, but it is important you are ready for the possibility that we could switch to a hybrid schedule. Our hope is that we can provide you advance notice of any changes to the schedule, but you should be prepared for a possible schedule change with minimal notice.

I know we are ALL exhausted from dealing with this virus, but it is imperative that we ALL do our part at ALL times to guard against COVID. This includes:

  1. Wearing a face covering at all times while in public and when you are in a private space with people outside your family.
  2. Staying home if you have symptoms or if somebody in your house has symptoms and is waiting for test results.
  3. Keeping at least 6 feet of distance, whenever possible, and avoiding gatherings with people outside your immediate family.
  4. Washing your hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer.

Thank you for doing your part to keep others safe. We are in this together and will beat COVID together.

#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.

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