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‘Hope on the horizon’ as local teachers start getting COVID-19 vaccine

Lincoln School special education teacher, Ann Post believes there is 'hope on the horizon' for Kent ISD teachers and educators across Kent County after receiving her first round of the COVID-19 vaccine...

Good behavior encouraged at home

For students learning from home, positive behavior rewards are still possible...

Pen pals build bonds during remote learning

How does a teacher create get-to-know-you opportunities for her new class of third-grade distance learners?

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...

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...

Cohorted specials usher in ‘a new kind of community’

Cedar Trails Elementary School’s “specials” teachers — art, music, physical education and literacy and technology — have joined forces to create an outdoor recreation program...

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...

Laughter, lessons & support for virtual students, parents

Key to learning from home: get outside, be safely social and find ways to bond, moms say...

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...

Building closed, great teaching & learning go on

This middle school moved from in-person to remote learning temporarily. SNN got perspective from inside the building while students learned from home...

Bus drivers work as daytime cleaners during pandemic

It’s also a plus to have familiar faces around school...

‘These kids just really want to be singing’

Determined to bring back choir in a safe manner, this teacher made changes to her classes based on the latest scientific research and best practices by fellow teachers...

Teaching from a distance: ‘they have to learn to be patient’

Lana Tran, a 26-year district teacher, is in her regular classroom this year, but behind a locked door. Her 18 students are at home, their parents having chosen distance learning...

‘Ner-cited’ to be back in person

After spending the first couple weeks in virtual school, fifth-grader Jakiyah Johnson said she knew as she entered through the doors of North Godwin Elementary on Sept. 14 that this year was going to be great...

Dental programs return to in-person learning

Like many students facing a new reality for courses, Alayna Helmer was stressed out when the lab and clinic portions of Grand Rapids Community College’s dental programs shut down last March to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus...

Districts hit with enrollment losses amid pandemic

While a few Kent County districts gained students on the annual fall count day, most saw enrollment drops ranging from a few dozen to 100- and 200-plus students...
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