Shawmut Hills (K-8 Grade)
Date: January 24, 2021
Dear Parents, Guardians and Staff:
On January 24, 2021, we were notified that a staff member at Shawmut Hills 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 six feet of a COVID-19 infected person for a 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 has conducted contact tracing and there were no close contacts in this case.
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.
Dr. Mabin, Principal
Student Daily Health Screener
Each student will need their own form.
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Shawmut Hills uses a positive and holistic approach to education to create an environment that promotes student learning and well-being. Nestled in a beautiful residential neighborhood, Shawmut Hills houses a state-of-the-art, therapy quality sensory lab for all students. It is located on Grand Rapids’ northwest side.
Excel at Shawmut Hills
Studies have shown a strong connection between movement and learning. Shawmut Hills utilizes that research in its sensory lab and classroom sensory toolboxes. Students are taught how to use the equipment to support their individual learning and make lab visits as a class and on their own. Examples of sensory tools include ball chairs, sound earmuffs, pencil grips, Therabands, and more. Through the sensory experiences, students also gain an appreciation for the fact that everyone learns in their own way!
96% of parents feel their child is challenged at school. Staff are trained to identify individual student needs and customize their teaching to the student to help them succeed. For example, Shawmut Hills has seen an 8% increase in the number of students reading at or above grade level over the past 3 years.
SAFE AND SECURE
A recent survey showed that 100% of students feel safe at Shawmut Hills. 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.
The teachers at Shawmut Hills are committed to student success. They go above and beyond to ensure that student’s needs are met, that parents are involved in their child’s education and that students have a positive experience. In a recent survey, 100% of parents said they feel comfortable talking with their child’s teachers.
PARENTS AS PARTNERS
Shawmut Hills values parents as partners in their child’s education. Parents are regularly involved as volunteers and participate in many family events throughout the year. According to a recent parent survey, 100% of parents feel welcome at Shawmut Hills.