I hope you and your family are enjoying the summer and doing your part to practice social distancing and other safety measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
I am writing to provide you with an update about our back to school plans. In accordance with Executive Order 2020-142, our team is hard at work developing the three required return to school plans (in-person, virtual, and a hybrid of the two) and will be working with the respective union leaders to obtain input on our drafts once we have completed our initial thinking.
Our plans are based on the requirements included in the Governor’s Return to School Roadmap. Topics like facial coverings, sanitizing hands and surfaces, physical distancing, health screenings and monitoring, one-to-one technology devices for all students, internet access, and transportation are all being factored in.
A large portion of our initial work has been preparing for the safety protocols listed for Phase 4 including the areas of personal protective equipment (PPE), hygiene, spacing and cleaning to name a few. Our Purchasing Department has been hard at work securing the PPE, cleaning supplies, sanitizers, technology, and everything we need for a safe start of school.
There has been no final decision yet on which of the three plans we will implement for the start of school on Tuesday, August 25. If we do decide to return to school in-person, we will also be offering a 100% virtual option for families that may not be comfortable with in-person schooling.
As I hope you are aware, we are in the process of surveying families about the three options. The survey is open until July 23. If you have not already taken the survey, please do by clicking the Returning Student Questionnaire.
Our goal is to publicly release a draft of our recommendations on July 27 along with a survey for feedback on the plan. We will present our recommendations to the Grand Rapids Board of Education’s Academic Achievement Committee on August 5. The full board is expected to vote on the plan at their work session on August 10.
I want to assure you that the safety of our students and staff is the top concern as we plan to reopen. We are relying on health and safety experts and will keep you informed about what we know, when we know it. We will be sending weekly updates now through the start of school, so please stay tuned for additional updates.
Thank you for your contribution, commitment and patience as we work through this ever-changing landscape. I am confident that we will continue to provide quality educational opportunities to our students and families.
Leadriane Roby, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
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