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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...

‘I would love to have a house that I own where my kids could...

Local coalition’s research shows one in seven African American children in Kent County were in the homeless system in 2018...

Michigan’s New ‘Read by Grade 3’ Law: A Guide for Parents

Parents helping their younger children transition into the regular routine of daily school attendance will find a new focus on reading as their schools and their teachers prepare students for Michigan’s new law requiring demonstrated reading competency to move from the third to fourth grade...

Maranda given 2019 Education Advocacy Award by Kent educators

West Michigan child and family advocate Maranda was awarded the 2019 Education Advocacy Award by the Kent Intermediate Association of School Boards...

Educators back bill on more flexibility in graduation requirements

West Michigan school superintendents are asking state legislators and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to pass a law that would give students more flexibility in earning credits towards graduation...

Protecting cyber security in schools: ‘This is kind of scary’

A cyber security event at Kent ISD on Halloween was designed to make the prospect of an attack on school data a little less frightening...

Simple plans, solid training, most effective for school emergency response

West Michigan school representatives learned do’s and don’ts of emergency response at workshop emphasizing simple plans that staff can remember...

Halloween-day change brings ‘treat’ for local schools

New agreement with Switch, Caledonia, Kent ISD, to prevent school funding losses due to tax abatements...

Some districts reschedule activities after EEE found in Kent County

Kent County school districts are taking precautions in scheduling sports events and other after-school activities following discovery of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in the autopsy of a deer in Kent County...

Michigan’s New ‘Read by Grade 3’ Law: A Guide for Parents

Parents helping their younger children transition into the regular routine of daily school attendance will find a new focus on reading as their schools and their teachers prepare students for Michigan’s new law requiring demonstrated reading competency to move from the third to fourth grade...
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