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Virtual job-shadow opportunities available

Groundhog Shadow Day, which gives area students an inside look at different careers, is going virtual this year...

Partnership continues focus on student emotional, mental health

A group is working to identify trauma and provide support early in order to increase student success...

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...

Capitol riot gets personal in heart-sinking moment for history teacher and Michigan elector

The day after a violent mob broke into the U.S. Capitol, teacher and Michigan elector Blake Mazurek sat down with School News Network to discuss Wednesday’s events and how teachers and parents can help children navigate trauma and uncertainty in the wake of such events...

Time is now for teachers, school staff to sign up for vaccines, officials say

Kent ISD leaders are urging employees to get in line for COVID-19 vaccines now after the state opened up eligibility to teachers and other school employees...

Schools lean toward in-person classes but keep virtual, hybrid options

Schools move toward more in-person classes as the second semester of the school year begins...

In year of COVID craziness, school stories of inspiration still shine

A video School News Network captured some of the stories that celebrate remarkable achievements of 2020 in this video holiday message...

Schools, organizations step up to feed students, families

Area schools continue to provide free grab and go meals at regular distribution events and community partners are helping to fill in the gaps to make sure everyone is fed during a very challenging time...

Parents, students warned about online threats

Students should notify adults if they encounter a situation or if they have shared photos online...

Districts offer food distribution events during winter break

For more information about food resources in the area, call United Way 211...

Health Department helps schools tackle challenges of instruction, during winter, in a pandemic

Working with the health department has been crucial in helping area school leaders understand the nature of COVID-19, the types of mitigation strategies that can be most effective and how to plan for the future...

Latest school closings expand on state-ordered high school mandate

More Kent County districts continue to announce temporary school building closures, as schools contend with a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in Kent County and Michigan...

Registration open for MiCareerQuest

Educators can register their students for spring’s MiCareerQuest, an annual opportunity for tens of thousands of students to learn more about the wealth of careers within West Michigan’s high-demand industries...

Many districts had shifted gears prior to statewide high school closure

Under new order, colleges and high schools must close for in-person learning through Dec. 8. Kindergarten through eighth-grade can continue in person...

Hour of Code to be held virtually this year

In partnership with Kent ISD, West Michigan Tech Talent is creating a virtual Hour of Code curriculum for third- through fifth-graders across West Michigan...

Schools in nine districts announce closures as COVID cases spike

New temporary school building closures were announced by nine school districts in Kent ISD this week, as schools contend with a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in Kent County and Michigan...
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