ZOO SCHOOL (6 Grade Only)
Dear Zoo School Parents, Guardians and Staff:
On 4/13/21 we were notified that a student or staff member at Zoo 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.
Student Daily Health Screener
Each student will need their own form.
Get to know our school!
Zoo School Virtual Open House
Our school has so much to offer - and we’re proud to share the details! Play the video below to watch our Virtual Open House with Principal, Brad Lundvick.
For more information about our school, make sure to join us Tuesday, April 20th at the GRPS Virtual School Choice Expo where we will give a live presentation and answer your questions. For more information about the Virtual School Choice Expo, click here.
Offering a rigorous curriculum that takes education to the next level and prepares students for the world by encouraging creativity, independence, and academic excellence. Zoo School students study and learn at John Ball Zoo! This once-in-a-lifetime experience allows students to go beyond the classroom and into the zoo and the over 100 wooded acres surrounding it. Zoo School provides an education adventure unlike any other.
Consider Zoo School for your child if:
- You are seeking teachers who believe in your child’s potential to learn and achieve.
- You want your child to learn in a nationally recognized educational environment.
- You value a hands-on, practice-driven learning experience.
- You want an innovative curriculum designed to engage your child’s creativity.
Zoo School is proud to offer:
- Parent-Teacher Community Council.
- Volunteer opportunities through John Ball Zoo.
- A collaboration with the West Michigan Whitecaps, which helps students learn the fundamentals of business and management.
EXCEL AT ZOO SCHOOL
Zoo School is not only in the top 5% in all of Michigan on combined measures of student achievement and growth but was also named one the top 25 “Coolest Schools in America” by Parent and Child Magazine. Zoo School is a program for gifted and talented students, led by teachers who understand their needs and abilities.
In addition to the required sixth-grade curriculum, Zoo School offers special units on astronomy, zoology, forestry, chemistry, and physics.
Students at Zoo School enhance their learning with a number of group and individual projects throughout their year, culminating in an independently chosen final project that allows the student to creatively demonstrate research and presentation skills.
Students have the opportunity to participate in unique educational experiences including animal feeding, raising salmon, recycling, navigating trails, and water sampling. They also participate in two camping trips during the school year.
THE ZOO SCHOOL EXPERIENCE
- Zoo School has a 40-year history of providing students with unique opportunities they won’t find anywhere else, including:
- Behind the scenes access to John Ball Zoo
- Fry Bread
- Camp Roger
- Environmental Issues Play
- Ski trip
- James Veen Observatory trip
- Spring camp
Zoo School has a maximum enrollment of 60 students.