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GRPS to continue virtual-only instruction for rest of semester

GRPS leaders decided to extend the district's 100 percent virtual learning model for the rest of the first semester after the Kent County Health Department announced rapidly rising COVID-19 positivity rates...

From meeting room to classroom

The district’s Board of Education is on the move this year, now that its meeting room regularly draws a much younger audience...

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Explore the unique programs and activities area cultural groups offer to extend student learning – in and beyond the classroom. For teachers (and more) all in one place!

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  • Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
  • Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
  • Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
  • Grand Rapids Public Library
  • Grand Rapids Public Museum
  • John Ball Zoo
  • Kent District Library
  • Van Andel Institute
  • Music and Dance

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Making Headlines

Inspiration from others fuels his ambition

A political hopeful prepares further during a national conference for student leaders...

Summer programs hit a high note for thousands of students

Educators across the county called on Kent ISD to deliver more robust summer learning opportunities following the school shutdown due to the pandemic.

Amid the virus gloom, schools shine rays of goodness

For every storm cloud there’s a rainbow on the horizon, and in the midst of coronavirus, there are plenty of bright spots to illuminate -- especially in the world of education...

School bus delivers so much more than meals during school closure

Kenowa Hills is one of many districts who are making sure their students receive the daily meals that they normally rely on their schools to provide...

Student homelessness tied to lack of affordable housing

AJ, 16, is one of nearly 2,500 students in Kent County who are homeless. She is one of many young people affected by the lack of affordable and available housing...
While a few Kent County districts gained students on the annual fall count day, most saw enrollment drops ranging from a few dozen to 100- and 200-plus students...

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Jump like a squirrel

While the industrious creatures are spending their fall days collecting acorns and preparing for cooler days ahead, students are learning just how they go about what they do so well...

Teaching from a distance: ‘they have to learn to be patient’

Lana Tran, a 26-year district teacher, is in her regular classroom this year, but behind a locked door. Her 18 students are at home, their parents having chosen distance learning...

Team builder, champion shaper wants athletes to be their best

She comes to the district after five years as women’s basketball coach at Ferris State University...

Learning Despite a Crisis

School News Network continues its reporting on how districts, teachers and families are helping students learn both inside and outside the school walls during the coronavirus pandemic. We want to serve our schools and you, our readers, during this challenging time, so please send us your ideas for stories and questions you have. Thank you, and live safely!

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Two schools closed due to COVID cases

Forest Hills Northern High School is closed and students there have moved to virtual learning until at least Wednesday after one student tested positive for COVID-19...

Gladiola Elementary shifts to remote learning for two weeks due to COVID-19 case

The Kent County Health Department notified Superintendent Craig Hoekstra of the positive case, and due to the extent of possible students and staff who made contact with the individual recommended the school close for in-person instruction...