GRAND RAPIDS MONTESSORI (PK-12 Grade)
Dear Grand Rapids Montessori Middle/High Parents, Guardians and Staff:
On 4/16/21, we were notified that a student or staff member at Grand Rapids Montessori Middle/High 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).
There were no close contacts identified with this case.
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.
Kerri Reed, Principal
Student Daily Health Screener
Each student will need their own form.
Consider Montessori for your child if:
- You are seeking an individualized approach to education which recognizes individual learning ability, interest, style and pace.
- You value the promotion of self- esteem to encourage independence and self- sufficiency.
- You appreciate respect for one another and the environment.
- Your child will thrive in a structured environment that offers flexibility and choice in learning.
- Your child will benefit from a positive, gentle and consistent direction.
- Your child will enjoy an environment rich in learning opportunities.
With three locations, Montessori in Grand Rapids Public Schools serves more than 700 students from preschool through grade 12.
AVAILABLE AT MONTESSORI
Grand Rapids Montessori is proud to offer:
- Parent Teacher Community Council
North Park community partnerships include:
- Peach Ridge Farm CSA
- North Park PTA.
- Clark Retirement Home
- Kids Food Basket
- Feeding America
- God's Kitchen
Dr. Maria Montessori, the Italian pediatrician who founded the method, believed self- motivation to be the key to learning. The Montessori teacher acts as a facilitator whose role is to stimulate interest in all facets of a child-centered learning environment. Montessori education recognizes the importance of all developmental areas, including social, emotional, physical and intellectual needs.
Grand Rapids Public Schools has a 40-year history of public Montessori education, one of the longest-running public programs in the US.
Elementary schools in the program consistently outperform other GRPS and neighboring districts on all standardized tests.
Grand Rapids Montessori High School has one of the best graduation rates in the region, graduating more than 90% of its students.
THE MONTESSORI CLASSROOM
The Montessori method uses hands-on lessons and experiences to help students learn by doing. Students learn in cohorts of three age levels. Typically, students will have the same teacher for multiple years. The multi-age classroom allows the students to become part of a learning community that fosters respect, understanding, and tolerance.