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Kentwood eases into in-person instruction with two-week remote start

All students will begin school remotely today, with plans for those who choose to return in person to do so on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Kentwood teachers will provide instruction for the virtual program, and all students will be issued a Chromebook for the entire year, regardless of whether they are learning remotely or in person. They also are to receive workbooks and supplies for use at home, Superintendent Mike Zoerhoff said.

Parents will be asked to make a choice during the week of Aug. 31 for their student or students to return in person or to continue remotely, giving them time to experience the virtual program. This allows parents an informed choice, Zoerhoff said.

“Whether in person or remote, we are going to provide the best education for our kids. That’s what we do.”

Zoerhoff said the district is easing into in-person  learning for several reasons, including having extra time to train students and staff on the safety protocols and cleaning procedures for a safe return. Students and staff will also learn about positive habits and behaviors for a successful remote learning. Having students familiar with and prepared to return to remote learning will be ideal, he said, if the state reverts to Phase 3, which doesn’t allow school buildings to be open.

Virtual staff training includes professional development around remote learning instructional practices on effective ways to use online tools and resources such as Google Classroom, Seesaw, ClassDojo and Padlet. 

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio

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