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Parents say in-person, full time instruction is best, but are concerned about keeping families...

A recent survey of Kent County parents shows high confidence in the quality of traditional, in-person instruction but significant worry about safety in keeping families safe from COVID-19...

Our Kids, Our Future: COVID-19 and the looming crisis in public school funding

Schools had to adjust overnight to the new reality of the pandemic, and now face a funding crisis with literally billions of dollars at stake...

What will school look like in the fall? Community leaders prepare for various scenarios

Much is still to be determined about reopening for the 2020-2021 school year, and superintendents are preparing for various scenarios. Families are asked to complete a survey to provide input and share their opinions...

School officials join legislators calling for federal help with pandemic-induced state budget shortfalls

As many counties across the state see the coronavirus curve plateau or recede, fears about illness are fast becoming eclipsed by fears about budgets, and how schools will manage...

Superintendents face massive budget cuts that would dwarf those in Great Recession

Superintendents are calling for more revenue from the state and federal government as they address budget shortfalls expected to be far worse than experienced in the recession over a decade ago...

School leaders working together to plan for fall and beyond

An ad hoc committee of 13 school leaders in Kent ISD is working on contingency plans to prepare for the next school year and beyond...

Student writers, we want to hear from you

Budding journalists, poets and writers of all genres, now is the time for sharing your work on our many School News Network platforms...
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Amid the virus gloom, schools shine rays of goodness

For every storm cloud there’s a rainbow on the horizon, and in the midst of coronavirus, there are plenty of bright spots to illuminate -- especially in the world of education...

Rallying to feed families

While alarming news regarding the novel coronavirus continues to unfold nationwide, Kent County teachers, administrators, food service workers and community volunteers are coming together to make sure students and families continue to have plenty of food while their schools are closed...

Food Plans for Kent ISD School Districts

The 20 school districts of Kent ISD are making free meals available to students and families during the mandatory statewide school closure...

Uncertainty abounds during ‘unprecedented situation’ after governor orders school closure

The measure to close schools statewide was taken after it was confirmed that cases of the novel coronavirus had increased from two to 10 in the state...
Schools are emphasizing thorough hand-washing and sanitizing, and keeping students home from school if they show symptoms of coronavirus or flu

Schools hope for the best but prepare for coronavirus anyway

Although no cases of coronavirus had been diagnosed in Michigan as of press time, local schools are gearing up for the possibility of its spread to West Michigan...

A and B student strives for success, from a motel room

A homeless Kent County teen talks about stressors, family, schoolwork and life in a motel...

Storybooks distributed to Kent County children for Christmas

Early education students are receiving their very own copies of 'The Gruffalo,' an award-winning storybook that has sold more than 13 million copies...

‘It’s more than just me’

He couch-surfed as a homeless teen. Now Ja-Quari Moore-Bass works with other youth to help create a blueprint for housing that combines shelter with mentorship and a plan for success...
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