Late last week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) released updated guidance on gatherings and face masks.
We have requested additional guidance and direction from the Kent County Health Department on regulations pertaining to school settings and will continue to carefully follow their recommendations.
We are writing to share the district’s response and what we are enacting effective immediately:
- Masks Still Required Indoors: While the new health order allows for fully vaccinated individuals to not wear masks indoors, the Kent County Health Department is advising all schools to continue to require masks indoors for all individuals, including students, parents, guardians, staff, and visitors through the end of the school year. This is also consistent with CDC guidance. GRPS is still requiring all individuals to continue wearing masks indoors until the end of school (June 9). We are seeking further guidance from the Kent County Health Department regarding summer school, summer after school programming, and employees working in-person this summer.
- Masks No Longer Required Outdoors: Students and staff are no longer required to wear masks outdoors. This includes outdoor sports (practices and games), recess, graduations, and other outdoor school activities. Individuals who wish to wear masks may continue to do so.
- No Change to Gathering Limits: There has been no change to the gathering limits except that face masks are no longer required for anyone outdoors, including athletes, staff, and spectators.
With only a few weeks left in school, we respectfully ask for your continued patience, cooperation, and support as we navigate through this global pandemic and ever-changing orders and guidance. Thank you.
Leadriane Roby, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools