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School 2.0

School News Network will continue reporting on how districts, teachers and families are helping students learn outside the school walls, as well as sharing stories on classrooms and student activities that were in process before the statewide school closure. We want to serve our schools and you, our readers, during such a difficult time, so please send us your ideas for stories we should be telling and questions that should be answered. Thank you, and live safely!

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...

Just poppin’ in

Betsy Heyboer loves seeing her students during their virtual meetups, but it just isn’t the same. Or enough...

Helping students struggling with isolation-induced anxiety and other mental health issues

Now that they can’t meet with students behind a closed door in their office, school mental health workers are finding other ways to help...
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In the words of 2020 graduates

Lowell High School English teacher Heidi Kolp gives her class the chance to take a crack at crafting a commencement address...

Supporting parents as teachers

Bright Beginnings was recently recognized by the national organization that sets standards for early childhood programs...

Flipping the script on community support

Project NEXT sophomores are strategizing how to promote pickup/delivery food orders at area restaurants that have supported their schools...

So far, so good for districts implementing distance learning

Under Gov. Whitmer’s April 2 executive order closing schools, districts were required to develop Continuity of Learning Plans making instruction available to all students...

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...

Big history, big story, big opportunity

The event is hoped to document and share student experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic...

Maintaining the bridge

Schools being closed because of COVID-19 hasn't changed their mission or their focus, just the ways they get their job done...

The show might go on

Months of preparation and rehearsal suddenly seem for naught as school plays and musicals are postponed...

District schools donate protective goggles to local hospital

When Metro Health Hospital did not get a shipment of supplies that was supposed to include protective eyewear, a community member reached out to Grandville Public Schools Superintendent Roger Bearup...

Connecting those in need with those who want to help

A pair of brothers with tech savvy and big hearts have created a website to help during the COVID-19 crisis...

Teachers send love to students; students say right back atcha

With school abruptly ended for the rest of the year, we’ve seen how deeply teachers care about their students -- even across the chasm of social distancing – and how much their students miss them...

A virtual world, and that includes board meetings

With permission from the governor, many area public school districts are entering new territory, hosting virtual board meetings...
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