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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!

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...

Uncertainty abounds during ‘unprecedented situation’ after governor orders school closure

The measure to close schools statewide was taken after it was confirmed that cases of the novel coronavirus had increased from two to 10 in the state...

GRCC offering food pick up

Grand Rapids Community College students challenged with food insecurity during the coronavirus crisis can pick up bags of food through drive-by pickups during the next three weeks...
Schools are emphasizing thorough hand-washing and sanitizing, and keeping students home from school if they show symptoms of coronavirus or flu

Schools hope for the best but prepare for coronavirus anyway

Although no cases of coronavirus had been diagnosed in Michigan as of press time, local schools are gearing up for the possibility of its spread to West Michigan...
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