NEW DELAY UPDATE: Expansion of Hybrid In-Person for K through 8 Only Starting Monday, April 26

Updated 4.13.2021

Based on new data that show a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in Kent County and new guidance from state and county health officials, we are delaying the expansion to 4-days of hybrid in-person instruction for students in grades K through 8 until Monday, April 26. Please note this new start date is subject to change based on future data and guidance from state and county health officials.

All students in hybrid in-person in grades K through 8 will maintain their current schedule for the week of April 12 and the week of April 19. All students in virtual instruction and hybrid in-person preschool, ECSE, and grades 9 through 12 will maintain their current schedules as well.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact to someone with the virus, school-based and regional COVID-19 testing locations are available at www.grps.org/coronavirus. Additionally, the Kent County Health Department is recommending that all unvaccinated PK-12 grade students and staff who travel out of state during spring break be tested before returning to school or quarantine for one week before returning to school.

We also want to reiterate the other health and safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Frequent hand washing
  • Wear masks covering nose and mouth
  • Practice 6 feet social distancing
  • Avoid large gatherings
  • Complete the required daily health screeners
  • If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and follow the process outlined in the GRPS COVID-19 Handbook located at www.grps.org/coronavirus.

STARTING MONDAY, APRIL 26, all students in grades K through 8, in Cohorts A and B, will now attend in-person on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Wednesday will still be 100% virtual/asynchronous for all students.

Classrooms will be reconfigured for a least 3 feet social distancing in accordance with CDC and Kent County Health Department guidelines. All other safety and mitigation measures will remain the same.

Due to staffing and logistical issues, we are not able to maintain the 2-day in-person hybrid instructional option for K-8 families who want to remain in the current hybrid configuration. Therefore, parents who do not want 4 days of in-person instruction will have to notify the school and their student will be placed in the 100% virtual instructional model for the remainder of the school year.

GRPS Hybrid In-Person Expansion to 4 Days per Week (M, T, Th, Fri)

This expansion is for all students currently in the hybrid in-person model in grades K through 8 regardless of the school’s grade level configuration.

Below is a complete list of all GRPS schools and the grade levels:
  • C.A. Frost Environmental Science Academy: Grades K-8 only

  • City High Middle/CFE: Grades 6-8 only

  • Grand Rapids Montessori: Grades K-8 only

  • Grand Rapids Public Museum School: Grades 6-8 only

  • Grand Rapids University Prep Academy: Grades 6-8 only

  • Southwest Community Campus: Grades K-8 only

Virtual students will remain virtual; however, exceptions may be made for extenuating circumstances only, subject to the capacity, class size, scheduling, and final approval of the principal and executive director. Please contact the school directly about this option.

Please note this change does NOT apply to students in preschool, Early Childhood Special Education, or grades 9-12. All students in preschool, Early Childhood Special Education, and grades 9-12 will remain on the current 2-day hybrid in-person instructional model or the 100% virtual model.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact your student’s school directly.


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