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Godwin Heights: first three weeks remote with gradual start of in-person classes

Godwin Heights will start the school year today with remote learning for all K-12 students for the first three weeks. A fully remote option also is available to all students.

In a letter to families, Superintendent Bill Fetterhoff said the first weeks will focus on training students and staff on safety protocols and cleaning procedures. Students and staff also will learn best practices and behaviors for successful remote learning.

“This will not only be beneficial initially, but also will create a strong foundation should in-person learning be shut down and virtual learning become the only option,” Fetterhoff wrote.

On Sept. 14, K-5 students start in-person learning at West and North Elementary schools. On Sept. 21, grades 6 to 8 start in-person classes, and grades 9 through 12 start in-person classes on Sept. 28. Free breakfast and lunch will be available for all district students. Pickup is 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday and Thursday, except for Labor Day. If the oldest child is in K-fifth grade, pickup is at North Godwin Elementary, 161 34th St. SW, in the parent drop-off area. If the oldest child is enrolled in grades 6-12, pickup is at the Physical Education Building, 31 36th St. SW, in the bus loop. Parents should be prepared to provide the names of each child.

Godwin Heights Public Schools starts remotely on Aug. 24
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Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma is a reporter covering Kent ISD, Godwin Heights, Kelloggsville, Forest Hills and Comstock Park. The salutatorian for the Hartland Public Schools class of 1985, she changed her colors from blue and maize to green and white by attending Michigan State University, where she majored in journalism. Joanne moved to the Grand Rapids area in 1989, where she started her journalism career at the Advance Newspapers. She later became the editor for On-the-Town magazine, a local arts and entertainment publication. Her eldest daughter is a nurse, working in Holland, and her youngest attends Oakland University. Both are graduates from Byron Center High School. She is a volunteer for the Van Singel Fine Arts Advisory Board and the Kent District Library. In her free time, Joanne enjoys spending time with her family, checking out local theater and keeping up with all the exchange students they have hosted through the years. Read Joanne's full bio


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