In-Person Learning FAQ

Click the arrows below to view the answer to each question. Please contact your child's teacher or principal if you have any other questions.

General

Every day, Monday through Friday, following our regular school calendar and schedule.
Yes:
Regular Days
Elementary: 8:28 a.m. to 3:41 p.m.
Middle School: 7:53 a.m. to 2:41 p.m.
High School: 7:50 a.m. to 2:44 p.m.

Half Days
Elementary: 8:28-11:36 a.m.
Middle School: 7:53-10:51 a.m.
High School: 7:50-10:55 a.m.
Contact the school principal to begin a discussion. Students will need to work through a process with building administration to determine a plan and timing for moving to remote learning. There are several scheduling considerations that will factor into the decision. Families cannot continually jump back and forth between remote and in person as that would not be conducive to an effective education.
Yes, secondary students will move from class to class with designated routes, pathways and lanes of movement. Each classroom is sanitized before class, and students will wash or sanitize their hands in and out of every class as well.
 
Elementary students will remain in their own classroom most of the day, except for recess, PE, mask breaks and outdoor learning time.
 
 
GMS and GHS are not using lockers. Elementary principals are working on ways to allow students to use lockers for jackets but would limit student access, follow distancing guidelines and stagger release to access them.
No morning intramurals are going to be offered, at least initially. However, enrollment in our before and after child care program has begun. Visit the Treehouse enrollment page.
 
 
Yes.

Masks

Yes. Students are required to wear a cloth face covering (not face shield) while at school, on school transportation or at school-sponsored events. Students who are medically unable to wear a face covering must have an approved signed release, including a doctor’s signature, on file with the District. For the safety of all personnel and students, the medical waiver process is quite stringent to ensure it is a true medical situation.
 
Masks can be homemade but must meet CDC guidelines and must cover the nose and mouth. The district will provide students with masks with lanyards if they do not have one. Students may take them off for lunch and will be given periodic mask breaks with social distancing in designated outdoor spots.
Disposable level-one (basic) grade surgical masks are acceptable. Disposable face coverings must be disposed of at the end of each day.
All of our schools will be providing specific guidance on the appropriate wearing of masks, as well as continued reminders on how to properly wear them. If a student refuses to wear a mask, he or she will be sent home and the district and parent may begin discussion about moving the student to a remote learning platform.
Physical dividers are not nearly as effective at blocking aerosols as cloth face coverings.

Safety

A daily screening will occur through a system with the Health Department and will be required each day. Temperatures will only be taken when students are symptomatic.
If a teacher or student is symptomatic, they will need a negative test before returning to school. With a positive test result, we will work with the Kent County Health Department and follow their recommendations for closure and tracing. The district will notify parents whose children might have been exposed.
If a student needs to stay home to quarantine, they will be able to take home their Chromebook or iPad to transition to remote learning. They can return to in-person learning once they have been medically cleared.
Three to 6 feet is our goal. Every space is different, so an exact figure is not possible.
Bathrooms and high touch points, like doorknobs, will be cleaned at least every 4 hours. Virex II 256 will be used. Surfaces will be cleaned in between classes. There will be nightly full disinfecting of each building, and students will wash/sanitize into and out of each classroom. Playground equipment will be cleaned weekly. 
Students congregating before, during and after school is strongly discouraged. Students should go directly to their classroom upon entering the building and exit the building immediately at the end of school.
 
However, Grandville High School has dedicated spaces for students who arrive before 7:40 a.m. where they can sit in the cafeteria, auditorium lobby, media center and other areas where seats are spaced appropriately. At 7:40 a.m. GHS will begin to send students to their 1st hour class that starts at 7:50.
Our filtration and air returns have been updated/upgraded.

Music

Yes. We plan to offer these but it will involve more theory instruction in person. Choir students cannot sing indoors and could only practice outdoors with distancing. They could also record themselves singing at home and receive teacher feedback. Percussion and non "blowing" instruments can be played at school. Blowing-style instruments could only be played outdoors with significant spacing.
Orchestra will be possible with masks and spacing to the best of our ability. Please note that live performances with an audience are not possible at this time.

Elementary Specials

PE will take place indoors and outdoors. If one individual class is outdoors, students may be allowed to remove their masks and be more active if significant spacing is available. Without physical spacing or if more than one individual class is outdoors on the playground, students would need to wear their masks. 
Most art and music specials teachers will visit the child's classroom, rather than having students go to separate art and music classrooms.

Food & Hydration

Masks may be removed during lunch. Elementary students will eat in their classrooms. GMS and GHS have designated lunch spaces that allow for distancing and multiple lunch periods. We are working with food service to provide boxed lunches.
Yes.
Yes, it will still be available.
Yes. Students should bring a water bottle to school as the drinking fountains will be covered during Phase 4 and 5. Water bottles can be refilled in the bottle filling stations or in classroom or bathroom sinks. Bottles can be sanitized if needed.

Busing

Yes, busing will still be available. Students will be expected to use hand sanitizer, wear a mask and social distance as much as possible.

Special Programs

KCTC will be fully in person from Day One as virtual delivery is not permissible for CTE programs, according to the Michigan Department of Education. For their other three classes at GHS, they would either be in-person or online, depending on the option you choose. Contact the KCTC with any questions about their programs.
IMAGE and 6th grade Advanced Math have typically been bused to GMS, but to avoid cross-contamination, they will not be this year. The programs will still be available but they will be held remotely from their individual elementary schools, where students will tune in to live instruction with the teachers.