- Sponsorship -

Deadline set to determine plans for next marking period at GRPS

Parents and guardians of Grand Rapids Public Schools students were to receive an email today that will ask them to lock in their plans for the district’s next marking period: either completely virtual learning or a hybrid option that includes some in-person instruction and some virtual.

The district, which went completely virtual for the first nine weeks of the school year, set a deadline of Monday, Oct. 19, at 11:59 p.m. for responses. Its approximately 15,000 students will begin in one of the two tracks on Monday, Oct. 26.

In late September, GRPS had asked parents and guardians what their preference would be for instruction going forward. Of the 9,871 forms that were completed — a 65% completion rate — the split was close to even, with 53% choosing the hybrid model and 47% electing to continue with the completely virtual option. 

The roughly one-third of students who did not return a completed commitment form were placed by default in the hybrid model. 

If those numbers hold, on Oct. 26 around two-thirds of GRPS students will be back in classrooms on a part-time basis. 

Though details are still being ironed out, the hybrid model is likely to begin with students in class two days a week and virtual the other three, with the long-term goal of moving to 100% in person as health and safety guidelines allow.

Leadriane Roby

Online Uses GRPS Teachers, Hybrid Would Begin with Two Cohorts

In an extensive online FAQ, GRPS gave more information about its two models.

The virtual learning model will be taught by GRPS teachers. The FAQ noted that “students remaining 100% virtual should have the same or similar schedule as they had for the first marking period which includes synchronous time with teachers.”

The proposed hybrid model begins with two days of all-day, in-person instruction with two cohorts. The other three days would be virtual. One cohort would meet face-to-face on Mondays and Tuesdays and the other would be face-to-face on Thursdays and Fridays. Wednesdays would be a deep-cleaning day at school buildings with remote learning for all.

In a statement from new GRPS Superintendent Leadriane Roby, the district said school leaders used the data from the commitment forms to develop school-based plans for staffing, scheduling and implementing both the hybrid in-person and 100% virtual models. 

In addition, Roby said, in order to provide enough time to finalize and communicate those plans, and allow for parents to change their preference based on those details, GRPS decided to move the start date for the new models from Monday, Oct. 19 to Monday, Oct. 26. 

The district also plans in November to hold listening sessions for students, parents and staff.

- Sponsorship -
Phil de Haan
Phil de Haan
Phil de Haan covers Grand Rapids and Kelloggsville and also is a general assignment reporter and the point person for the SNN Facebook and Twitter feeds. He hails from Exeter, Ontario, but has called Grand Rapids home since 1985. He is the son of a longtime public school teacher who taught both English and machine shop! Phil took both classes at South Huron District High School, but English stuck, and at Calvin College, where he met his wife, Sue, he majored in English and minored in journalism. His background includes both freelance writing and public relations work, including teaching an advertising and PR course at the college level. In the summer of 2019, he began his own freelance writing and communications business. In his spare time, Phil plays pick-up hockey and pickleball and tries to keep tabs on his two adult children.  Read Phil's full bio or email Phil.


‘Hope on the horizon’ as local teachers start getting COVID-19 vaccine

Lincoln School special education teacher, Ann Post believes there is 'hope on the horizon' for Kent ISD teachers and educators across Kent County after receiving her first round of the COVID-19 vaccine...

Sisters land grant to help those who ‘aren’t as lucky as we are’

Sisters at Page Elementary researched and wrote a grant to help homeless kids at Family Promise of Barry County...

Virtual counseling office offers ‘one-stop’ services

The site offers new ways for students to connect, on anything from academic questions to mental health issues...

Good behavior encouraged at home

For students learning from home, positive behavior rewards are still possible...


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Related Articles

Online poetry, multimedia course encourages mental well-being for middle schoolers

A Grand Rapids nonprofit has made online writing and mental health materials available free of charge. At least one local middle-school teacher says the series is powerful and helps build community among classmates...

Equity and inclusion leader named interim director of UPrep association

The founding director of the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Grand Rapids Community College is the new interim director of Grand Rapids University Preparatory Association...

Through screens and technical glitches, learning goes on

In a year of forced online learning, teachers themselves have had much to learn in keeping students engaged and progressing...
- Sponsorship -


Engagement: The Most Important Measure of Student Success

Polls find that students’ engagement in their school work declines as they ascend the grades. Tests that don’t relate to their real-life experiences exacerbate the problem...


Food ‘angels’ support hungry kids through pandemic

They work all across Kent County, guardian angels with peanut butter on their hands and crumbs on their shirtsleeves...
- Sponsorship -


Maranda Where You LiveWGVU