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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!

For seniors, a memorable finale cut short

Area high school seniors talk about their worries, and offer valuable perspective to their peers and others on the statewide school closure...

Chalk up this neighborhood to hope

Neighborhood with teachers and students from one district cheer each other up during school closures from the Covid 19 pandemic with a chalk walk...

Reaching out, connecting in time of crisis

Stacey and Julian Goodson, both coaches and youth advocates, adjust to a new kind of life at home with their children...

Students and teachers turn to technology to fill educational time

Online platforms already in place enabled this middle school to offer continuing educational opportunities during this unprecedented time off school...

Districts face hard choices in timing of ballot requests

District leaders have had to weigh whether to go ahead as scheduled, or postpone them because of the coronavirus health crisis...
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School bus delivers so much more than meals during school closure

Kenowa Hills is one of many districts who are making sure their students receive the daily meals that they normally rely on their schools to provide...
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‘Coronacation’ for the win

Students and staff are trying to make the most of the extended school closure via posts and videos of hilarity, hope and solidarity...

School meal distributions to continue under stay-at-home order

Schools are permitted to continue providing pick-up meals for students under Gov. Whitmer’s stay-at-home order...

Life lessons

One teacher is sharing his thoughts online, in real time...

Education, at home, in the time of COVID-19

With kids home from school and the future unclear, a family game of Monopoly, video chats with loved ones and bike riding help calm the anxiety...

Pet posts give students ‘a reason to smile’

Darla England, the principal at South Elementary, has been asking students important questions accompanied by photos of staff pets to maintain communication with the community...

I regret taking normal for granted

A Forest Hills Central High journalism student shares her thoughts. We invite students and staff in our coverage area to submit theirs to SNN@Kentisd.org...

Navigating the new, for-now normal

The Cornells of East Grand Rapids on coping, disappointment, and resilience...
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Online story time, virtual PE keep students connected during shutdown

'They need to see we’re smiling and happy and that we’re OK, and that they’re going to be OK too'...

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...
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