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School 2.0

‘I want it to look happy’

With help from generous donors, elementary teachers worked to make welcoming, kid-friendly space while following the rules of social distancing and sanitation...

Amid uncertainty, new protocols, there’s laughter, new connections

Junior Olivia Austin reflects on the first day of a very unique school year...

The virtual classroom: 18 students, three screens and one busy teacher

Teaching online, from a classroom, requires multitasking and multiple screens for this fourth-grade teacher...

New online academy looks to provide paced learning, support

Approximately 25 percent of Kenowa Hills students -- about 300 -- opted for virtual learning to start the year...

Districts ponder how to keep students learning, engaged

Teachers are challenged to keep their style of instruction intact with students who are socially distanced and, often, not in the building at all...

Teachers agree: virtual classroom has its pluses, but ‘much of the joy is missing’

Two Kenowa Hills teachers reflect on the good and bad of virtual education during the school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic...

Making school from home work for everyone

Districts scrambled to aid families with connectivity and tech support from March to the end of the school year...

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

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...

Keeping students connected and fed

Kent District Library worked to help keep students connected in school and out through accessible wifi and hot spots and is offering a summer food program at 12 locations...

Farm family gets closer while business builds during quarantine

One farm family is all-hands on growing the business during the unfamiliar, uneasy time of stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19...

From relay races to flamingo stands & tissue crawls

Kathleen Messing, a second grade teacher at South Elementary, hosted a virtual field day for her students based on 'Minute to Win It' games...

The year of schooling at home: hard work, loneliness and little blessings

In this time of distance learning, parents like Keshia Alhasan have truly lived the adage that parents are their children’s first teachers...

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...

Father recovering from COVID-19 thanks ‘Team Gladiola’ on Zoom

Principal Cheryl Corpus began Parent Zoom sessions the second week of the district’s Continuity of Learning Plan, and often more than a dozen parents logged on to ask questions and connect with staff and each other...

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...

‘A physical escape you hold in your hands’

Jennifer Ward, a Grandville High School English teacher, has been purchasing and mailing reading materials to her students during online learning...
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