4/1/21: new cases have been reported on the COVID dashboard.

2020-21
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The 2020-21 school year has been full of surprises and changes. This page will share the most recent updates and changes, as we adjust to COVID-19 and the safety precautions we are making throughout our school community.


Message from the Superintendent: March 26, 2021

Dear Knights:

There is no doubt you have seen recent media reports that report daily COVID cases spiking at an alarming rate. The reality is this surge in cases is similar to what we experienced in November. The 7-day positivity rate in Kent County is 8.0% (up from 5.6% last Thursday and 4.2% Thursday, March 11).

We are not sheltered from the impact of the rise in cases. We currently have 17 individuals (16 students, 1 staff) who are isolating as a result of testing positive for COVID. The increase in positive cases (in our schools and community) has resulted in 143 individuals (142 students, 1 staff) who are quarantined due to contact tracing. As a reminder, the number of positive cases in our schools is updated daily on the COVID-19 Dashboard, which is located on our here.

If this trend continues, I am concerned we will need to return to a hybrid schedule, especially at the middle and high school levels where the impact of positive COVID cases has had the greatest impact. I am also concerned end-of-year celebrations may be impacted again this school year if the COVID metrics continue to climb.

I realize these measures would be devastating to our students and create additional hardships for our families. I am hopeful a refocus of our collective efforts will once again mitigate the spread of COVID.

The daily health screener is our best defense at keeping COVID out of our schools. Those who are having difficulty with the daily screener should contact Matt Elliott for assistance (784-2511 x2218).

Please do not send your student(s) to school if anybody in the family is experiencing COVID symptoms. This includes a loss of taste or smell, new cough or a shortness of breath, or a combination of any two of the following: fever, chills, headache, extreme tiredness/fatigue, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, body aches, nausea/vomiting or diarrhea. Please call the school nurse if your student is experiencing any of these symptoms. Phone numbers are listed at the bottom of this email. It is equally important that your student(s) do not attend school if anybody in the family is waiting for a COVID test result due to having symptoms.

While the upcoming break will help us reset mentally and physically, there is heightened concern spring break travel will exacerbate the spread of COVID. The CDC has published this guidance for those who are traveling over spring break. The Kent County Health Department strongly recommends those who travel on a plane or out of the area to quarantine for a week following their return.

Whether or not you plan to travel during spring break, please continue to remind each other to wear a face covering, social distance, regularly wash hands and avoid large gatherings.

If your student is experiencing symptoms during Spring Break, the main entrance of our high school will be open Sunday, April 11th from 10:00a-4:00p for our students and staff to be tested at no cost. A drive-thru testing site at 412 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids will also be open 8:00a-4:00p weekdays during spring break. This testing is free to our students and staff, and a reimbursement option is available to all others through their individual health plan coverage. Simply inform the person who is administering the test that your student attends Kenowa Hills. More details can be found in the link below.

We have consistently demonstrated our collective efforts and actions are effective at slowing the spread of COVID. We know what works. We know we all play an important role, and we know we can do this. It’s not too late.

#uKNIGHTedWEstand

Gerald Hopkins
Superintendent

Meals
The USDA has approved free meals to all children ages 0-18 through the end of the 2020-21 school year! Whether attending in person or virtually as part of our Kenowa Hills Online Learning Academy (KHOLA), all students have access to a free breakfast and lunch every school day. Breakfast and lunch service will be offered at all school sites where face-to-face learning is taking place.

Click here to access Food Service and Menu Information

Screening for Face-to-Face Students
All students attending in person must be screened prior to school every day. Parents/Guardians will receive either a text message or email at 5:30am on each school day as a reminder to complete the very simple screener when your child awakes. The electronic screening tool can be completed until 8:30am. Unfortunately, we are unable to change the time of the screening period at this point; however, we are hopeful that we will be able to customize this in the near future. The tool is designed to quickly and accurately identify anybody who should not enter our buildings either because they are experiencing symptoms, or have been in contact with a known case of COVID-19. Please contact the school once the office opens if the screener instructs you to do so. It is imperative parents complete the screener for each of their students every school day prior to coming to school. The daily electronic screener does not need to be completed if your child is not coming to school that day. Thank you for your cooperation and support in completing this daily requirement.

Face Coverings

Thank you for helping your students get accustomed to wearing a mask and supporting us with this very important safety requirement. Although we are providing cloth masks, students can wear any cloth mask (except bandanas) as long as it is appropriate for the school setting and is not a distraction to teaching and learning. As a reminder, all cloth masks should be hand washed or laundered after each use.

School Nurses

Feel free to call the school nurse if you have any questions about symptoms your student is experiencing. We are extremely grateful to have school nurses available to care for students who have minor medical needs. The nurses will also be able to administer a COVID test with written parent consent. Contact information is below and you can click here for more information and school nurse bios:

Alpine Elementary
alpinenurses@khps.org
784-0884x5454
Rachael Boafu (Primary)
Jessica Spitters (Alternate)

Central Elementary
centralnurses@khps.org
453-6351x6342
Alex Corbett (M/F)
Kathy Demeester (Tu/W/Th)
Jordan Meagher (Alternate)

Zinser Elementary
zinsernurses@khps.org
453-2461x4207
Courtney Ellens (Primary)
Makayla Myszka (Alternate)

Middle School
msnurses@khps.org
784-3225x7306
Shelby Gotaas (M)
Jesseca Schrader (Tu/W)
Lauren Dekruyter (Th/F)

High School
hsnurses@khps.org
784-2400x8231
Quinn McGill (Primary)
Trevor Baird (Alternate)

Meals

The USDA has approved free meals to all children ages 0-18 through the end of the 2020-21 school year! Whether attending in person or virtually as part of our Kenowa Hills Online Learning Academy (KHOLA), all students have access to a free breakfast and lunch every school day. Breakfast and lunch service will be offered at all school sites where face-to-face learning is taking place.

KHOLA Weekly Meal Boxes
Click here to access the Weekly Order Form for the Meal Kits. Orders are due by 12:00 PM on Friday, the week before the scheduled meal pickup time. Meal Kit pick up will be Wednesday’s from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM at the Field House entrance of the High School.

As a reminder:

  • Meal kits contain 6 breakfasts and 6 lunches
  • Meals kits are provided at NO COST
  • You are able to order additional boxes for children ages 0-18 in your family that are not enrolled in KHOLA.
  • Kenowa students enrolled in Face-to-Face learning are not eligible for Meal Kits
  • The menu for the week is listed on the Order Form. Menu items are subject to change based on availability, but we will do everything we can to provide what is listed each week.

We are still offering daily meal pick up through Tuesday, September 29th from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Field House entrance of the high school.

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