MI Classroom Heroes Grants:  GSRP, Head Start, Adult Education, and Young Adult Special Education Teacher COVID-19 Grant Program Information

On December 29, 2020, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Public Act 257 of 2020, providing $2.5 million to GSRP, Head Start, special education for individuals aged 18-26, and adult education teachers who teach in a school district or nonprofit nonpublic school. 

Pursuant to Public Act 257 of 2020, legislation was passed that appropriated funding for the GSRP, Head Start, Adult Education, and Young Adult Special Education Teachers COVID-19 Grant Program. This program provides grants to eligible GSRP, head start, adult education, young adult special education classroom teachers in a district or nonprofit nonpublic school spent outside of normal working hours and additional costs classroom teachers have incurred or experienced to provide a continuity of learning during the period of school closure in 2019-2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To receive up to $500, specific program teachers must have performed at least 75% of their standard instruction workload in brick-and-mortar classrooms during the last school year prior to the suspension of in-person instruction on April 2, 2020.

For additional information, please refer to the MI Classroom Heroes Grants: GSRP, Head Start, Adult Education, and Young Adult Special Education Teacher COVID-19 Grant Program FAQs.

Qualifying Staff

Classroom teacher means a full-time or part-time teachers in the following positions: Great Start Readiness Program Lead Teacher, Great Start Readiness Program Associate Teacher, Early Head Start Center Based Teacher, Head Start Center Based Teacher, Head Start Assistant Teacher, Adult Education Local Teacher, or Young Adult Special Education instructional personnel, that provided continuity of learning to students during the 2019-2020 period of school closure that resulted from COVID-19.

Key Dates - 2021

  • March 19- Districts and nonprofit nonpublic schools to distribute Teacher Certification Form 5741 for the GSRP, Head Start, Adult Education, and Young Adult Special Education Teachers COVID-19 Grant Program, to identified eligible classroom teachers for execution.  Districts must provide Teacher Certification Form 5741 to eligible teachers no later than March 19, 2021. District schools must also post a notice on the school district website and at least 1 other means of widely used communication no later than March 19, 2021, that eligible grant recipients have been identified and to provide an opportunity for written appeal of eligibility status to the district.
  • April 9:Eligible Grant recipients must return Teacher Certification Form 5741 in the manner directed by the school district.  This is also the deadline to file an appeal to the school district regarding eligibility.
  • June 4:Checks are estimated to be mailed on or about June 4, 2021 to the address of residency provided on the eligibility lists by the school district.

Instructions

  • Please complete the attached fillable Teacher Certification Form 5741 - GSRP, Head Start, Adult Education, and Young Adult Special Education Teachers COVID-19 Grant Program 
  • Full social security number must be provided on the form
  • Electronic signatures are acceptable
  • Please send your scanned form via email to Micky Savage, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • You can also drop off your form 5741 to our HR office – Franklin Campus
  • Please do not send your form inner school mail. This can delay your application. The submission deadline is April 9, 2021
  • Please note that the amount of the grant award is prorated based on your FTE

 


 

Teacher and School Support Staff COVID-19 Grants Certification 

Michigan Department Treasury - COVID-19 Grants FAQs

The following information comes from the Michigan Department of Treasury:

Contact

Teacher COVID-19 Grant and Support Staff COVID-19 Grant Programs

  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Phone: 517-241-6000
  • Website: www.michigan.gov/TSSC19Grants

February 25: Checks are estimated to be mailed on or about February 25, 2021, to the address of residency provided on the eligibility lists by the school district or nonprofit nonpublic school.

Are grant funds included in my taxable income?

Yes, grant funds are included in the recipients’ taxable income calculations (Michigan Department of Treasury FAQs, pg. 24).

How will my address get corrected if I am eligible and do not receive my payment?

First eligible recipients should verify with the district or nonprofit nonpublic school the residency address submitted to the Michigan Department of Treasury on the list of eligible classroom teachers and eligible school support staff. If the eligible recipient requires an address correction, then they may contact the Michigan Department of Treasury further with additional questions.

The Michigan Department of Treasury will post when grants are mailed to eligible recipients for both grant programs on the Teacher and School Support COVID-19 Grant webpage at: www.michigan.gov/TSSC19Grants.  Questions regarding the status of grant award mailings can be made to the Department of Treasury at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Grant recipients are encouraged to allow at least 7 days after grants are sent for postal service delivery before contacting the Michigan Department of Treasury on questions on receipt of eligible grant funding to allow adequate time for processing and mail delivery (Michigan Department of Treasury, pg. 25).

Who do I contact if I do not receive my grant or I believe my grant award is inaccurate?

Contact the Michigan Department of Treasury at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if the grant funding is not received by March 5, 2021. More information on the status of grant funding can be found on the Teacher and Support Staff COVID-19 Grant webpage at: www.michigan.gov/TSSC19Grants (Michigan Department of Treasury FAQs, pg. 25).


GRPS Human Resources Department

The Human Resources and Legal Services Department administers the human resources programs for the 4000+ GRPS employees. As the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources & General Counsel, I am proud to lead the staff of human resources professionals who support our schools and departments.

For anyone interested in applying for employment with GRPS, this website is the means for advertising job openings and accepting job applications. We welcome you to apply for all positions for which you qualify.

As a new employee, you are now a member of a diverse community of excellent teachers, administrators and staff who work tirelessly to fulfill the District’s mission of ensuring that all students are educated, self-directed and productive members of society.

For our current employees, detailed information regarding our human resources programs and benefits can be found on Infohost or in your union contracts or employee manuals.

We welcome your feedback about our website and ways to make it more useful for you.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Sharron Pitts, the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and General Counsel, is the Freedom of Information Coordinator for the Grand Rapids Public Schools.  Ms. Pitts and staff are responsible for receiving and responding to FOIA requests. FOIA requests must be in writing, attention to: FOIA Request, Human Resources, Grand Rapids Public Schools, 1331 Franklin St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506.  Requests can also be faxed to the office at (616) 819-2172 or e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Information regarding the policy, procedures, and fee documents can be found in the links on the right side of this page.

Civil Rights and Title IX

Sharron Pitts
Civil Rights Coordinator 
Grand Rapids Public Schools
1331 Franklin SE
PO Box 117
Grand Rapids, MI  49501-0117
Phone: (616) 819-2022, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kurt Johnson
Title IX Coordinator
Grand Rapids Public Schools
1331 Franklin SE
PO Box 117
Grand Rapids, MI  49501-0117
Phone: (616) 819-6339, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information, please click here

Sharron Pitts
Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources & General Counsel and District’s Civil Rights Coordinator
1331 Franklin S.E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Phone: (616) 819-2022
Fax: (616) 819-3492

  • Sharron Pitts Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and General Counsel