ALGER MIDDLE (6-8 Grade)
Dear Alger Parents, Guardians and Staff:
On January 26,2021, we were notified that a student at Alger Middle School has tested positive for COVID-19. We are following the procedures for a positive test and working with the Kent County Health Department to notify any staff member or students who may be considered close contacts.
The KCHD defines “close contact” as either:
- Being within six feet of a COVID-19 infected person for 15 minutes or more (with or without a mask)
- Having direct contact with infectious secretions from a COVID-19 infected person or a person with any COVID-19 symptom(s) (e.g., being coughed on).
The district is required to notify the Kent County Health Department of any positive tests of students or staff. The Grand Rapids Public Schools Health Services staff will conduct contact tracing and may contact you with quarantine instructions if it is determined that you are a close contact.
Under HIPAA Laws, we are required to protect the confidentiality of this individual unless there is a reason to inform you of their identity. We are informing you that we are moving forward under the guidance of the Kent County Health Department and that measures have been taken to protect the wellbeing of staff, students and families.
Please continue to monitor yourself for any new symptoms that may be related to COVID-19. If you notice changes in your health, please contact your medical provider immediately and consider getting tested.
As always, the safety of our staff and students is our first priority. All affected areas are being thoroughly cleaned using district approved disinfectant. If you have questions or concerns regarding COVID-19, please contact me or our school nurse.
Bernard Colton, Principal
Student Daily Health Screener
Each student will need their own form.
Alger was built in 2006 in the Alger Park neighborhood in southeast Grand Rapids. It features state-of-the-art classrooms, innovative common areas, and modern technology. Alger also has beautiful soccer, softball, track, and baseball fields. Alger Middle School is committed to engaging all students in an atmosphere that promotes leadership, academic achievement, and positive relationships.
Alger Middle’s partnership with Kent School Services Network makes it a “community school” that provides eligible parents and students with access to in-house health and social services to ensure that children are physically, emotionally, and socially prepared to learn.
Alger has shown a commitment to ensuring students experience an engaging curriculum and high achievement. Staff work with each student to identify their needs and help them take their learning to the next level. As a result, 88% of parents feel their child is challenged at school.
The teachers at Alger are committed to student success. They go above and beyond to ensure that student’s needs are met, that parents are involved in their child’s education and that students have a positive experience. In a recent survey, 90% of parents said they feel comfortable talking with their child’s teachers.
Parents are their child’s first teacher and Alger recognizes how important it is for parents to be an active part of their child’s education. 87% of parents said they have regular opportunities to be involved at Alger. Parents are welcomed as volunteers, at family nights, and in their child’s classroom.
SAFE AND SECURE
A recent survey showed that 85% of students feel safe at Alger. Students participate in a program known as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS). Students are recognized for making good choices and showing positive behavior. The number of students being recognized for good behavior at monthly PBIS celebrations has consistently increased, while referrals to the office for behavior issues have steadily decreased.