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Grandville Middle and High school students moving to remote Fridays

Beginning this Friday, Nov. 6, students in Grandville Middle and High schools will move to a remote, asynchronous school day every Friday through the end of the semester.

The move comes as the district has identified a need to better support students who may be struggling with this year’s model of teaching remote and in-person students simultaneously.

Under this new plan, teachers on Fridays will send out assignments or learning activities via Google Classroom for their students to complete on their own, at their own pace. This will allow teachers, counselors and other service providers to have dedicated time that day to meet with students who need additional support or re-teaching opportunities. 

Monday through Thursday school days will remain the same, with students attending in person or remotely via livestreamed class time. 

“This plan was developed out of the urgency to respond to the need for some students to have additional support/intervention time to master the things we want them to know and be able to do,” said Superintendent Roger Bearup. “This model still allows parents the option for their student to participate either in-person or remote, it provides experience for our students with remote learning should we need to move to all-remote for portions of the year, and it allows our staff time to support every student who may need additional opportunities to grasp concepts and skills.”

On Friday mornings, teachers will hold 30-minute virtual meetings with individual students or small groups of students whom the teachers identify as needing extra support. This will give these students extra time to ask questions on the subject matter or return to a lesson they may have struggled with. 

Those students who are not identified for extra support will work on the remote assignment their teacher has given them for the day. Parents will have the choice to keep them at home to complete the assignments, or send them to school to do the work in a designated classroom or open space. Students who go to the school building will be monitored and will still have access to breakfast and lunch.


Letter to Grandville parents and guardians

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Beth Heinen Bell
Beth Heinen Bell
Beth Heinen Bell is associate editor, reporter and copy editor. She is an award-winning journalist who got her professional start as the education reporter for the Grand Haven Tribune. A Calvin University graduate and proud former Chimes editor, she later returned to Calvin to help manage its national writing festival. Beth has also written for The Grand Rapids Press and several West Michigan businesses and nonprofits. She is fascinated by the nuances of language, loves to travel and has strong feelings about the Oxford comma. Read Beth's full bio


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