BUCHANAN ELEMENTARY (PK-5 Grade)
April 16, 2021
Dear Buchanan Parents, Guardians and Staff:
On Thursday, April 15th, we were notified that a student or staff member at Buchanan Elementary 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 three 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.
Student Daily Health Screener
Each student will need their own form.
Get to know our school!
Buchanan Elementary School Virtual Open House
Our school has so much to offer - and we’re proud to share the details! Play the video below to watch our Virtual Open House with Principal, Adam High Gutierrez.
For more information about our school, make sure to join us Tuesday, April 20th at the GRPS Virtual School Choice Expo where we will give a live presentation and answer your questions. For more information about the Virtual School Choice Expo, click here.
Buchanan Elementary is located in southwest Grand Rapids. Thanks to support from voters, Buchanan will be rebuilt to be a state-of-the-art school.
Consider Buchanan Elementary for your child if:
- You value a bilingual school community.
- You are seeking teachers who believe in your child’s potential to learn and achieve.
- You want your child to learn in an environment of high expectations.
- You believe staff should collaborate with one another on a regular basis.
- You value the educational fundamentals of math, reading and writing, social studies, and science.
- You need a school that provides preschool programming.
Buchanan is a cultural center, which provides services and support to English language learners. The bilingual transition team works with students and communicates with families to ensure all parents have the opportunity to be involved in their child’s education, regardless of their native language.
Buchanan is proud to have an outstanding team of teachers and support staff. In fact, 91% of parents surveyed said they feel like the school’s staff cares about their child. Students enjoy a welcoming learning environment where staff work together to meet the needs of all children.
The parents at Buchanan are committed to partnering with school staff to build a positive, collaborative learning environment. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to be involved by school staff. The result is a collaborative partnership that benefits all students.
SAFE AND SECURE
A recent survey showed that 88% of students feel safe at Buchanan. 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.
Buchanan staff are working hard to ensure that students are meeting and exceeding their goals. As a result, the number of students at or above grade level has increased over the past 3 years. Students are developing the important skills they need to be college and career ready!