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Byron Center to reopen school with hybrid model

Byron Center Public Schools Superintendent Kevin Macina said the district is opting to begin school Aug. 31 with a hybrid plan combining in-person with virtual learning, with hopes to shift to fully in person, five days a week Sept. 28...

Changes in virus trend prompts change in opening plans

The board unanimously approved teaching all students online through Sept. 11, then giving them a choice of in-person or virtual learning...

Several factors considered in GRPS reopening plan

While many local school districts are beginning the school year with only a few weeks of online learning, Grand Rapids Public Schools, the largest of Kent County's districts, will do online-only education until the end of its first marking period, Oct. 21...

Families need to choose either full-time virtual or in-school learning

The Sparta reopening plan is an either-or proposition between face-to-face instruction or virtual learning...

Most Kent City students heading back to classrooms this fall, but will wait until 9-8

Kent City Community Schools will open school as scheduled on Wednesday, Aug. 26, with primarily face-to-face education, offering a virtual option for families who prefer to keep children home...

Community input key to district’s reopening plan

After initially releasing a fully in-person return-to-school plan, the district revised it twice as national, state and local health guidelines changed...

Local supe works with governor on reopening ‘Roadmap,’ encourages equity in decision-making

Superintendent Kevin Polston’s work with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has given him a unique perspective on the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of reopening school during a global pandemic...

How Students are Returning to School

Here’s your guide to how the 20 public school districts of Kent County are reopening this fall...

Ready or not, school year begins as leaders adopt plans to teach, protect students

With most of Kent County’s public school districts opening next week, superintendents talk about their plans to educate students while trying to keep them safe from an unpredictable virus...

Making the best of it

Students, parents, teachers and others share their feelings about the start of this unprecedented school year...
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