Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

GRPS is committed to the health and well-being of our students, families, staff, volunteers, and community, and we want to provide you with the latest communications and information on the recent outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 12, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order initially suspending school until April 12. Then, on April 2, the Governor issued a new executive order suspending in-person instruction for pupils in kindergarten through grade 12 for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. It also required the district to develop and implement a Continuity of Learning Plan.

This “Coronavirus Resource” page includes important information including:

  • GRPS Continuity of Learning Plan
  • GRPS Communications to Students, Parents, Guardians, and Staff
  • Communications from Governmental Entities (State of Michigan, Kent County Health Department, City of Grand Rapids, etc.)
  • Internet Resources (discounted Internet access plans)
  • Meal Sites (Grab and go free meal site location, dates, and times)
  • Additional Resources (COVID-19 resources, student/parent resources, community meal sites, energy assistance, etc.)
  • Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions, concerns, or need additional information, please contact the GRPS Hotline at 616-301-1111 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

As always, encourage your student(s) to practice hand hygiene. Best practices for helping prevent the spread of disease and illness include:

  • Adhere to the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order
  • Practice social distancing
  • Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, then dispose of the tissue. When a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Find additional CDC resources on how to clean and disinfect schools here.
  • Wash hands for 20 seconds. Washing hands often under clean, running water can help prevent the spread of germs. For more guidance see the CDC: When and How to Wash Your Hands. If you cannot wash your hands, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60-95% alcohol.

GRPS will continue to follow the guidelines of the Center for Disease Control, State of Michigan, and Kent County Health Department surrounding communicable diseases.