February 25, 2021
Dear Grand Rapids Public Museum Middle School Parents, Guardians and Staff:
On Thursday, February 25, 2021, we were notified that a student or staff member at Grand Rapids Public Museum Middle 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.
Christopher Hanks, Principal
Student Daily Health Screener
Each student will need their own form.
In the middle school students are immersed in theme-based project cycles. These project cycles combine English and social studies concepts (Meanings) and science and math concepts (Patterns) into a 9-week project that pulls knowledge from each core area. During these projects, students work collaboratively using the design thinking process to solve real-world problems with the help of or for community partners. Learners are then empowered to share their learning and process with others.
Learners at the Middle School have the unique opportunity to access the programs and exhibits within the Museum. This allows students to have a close-up view of the history or science that they are learning in a hands-on way. When our students are learning about geography they are able to see items from the various places they are studying not just see the name on a map. When students are researching innovation, they are able to access artifacts from the archive that give them a full view of how an item evolved into what they know today. When they are exploring photosythesis they are working with thought leaders in the community to design systems to grow plants in urban environments, in space or without traditional methods.
The project-based model allows students to transfer their skills and learning to new situations in ways that are authentic, connected to people they personally know in the community or items they have experienced first hand.