Letter to the Editor
from Grand Rapids Public Schools
We want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we
continue to work through a fluid and ever-changing situation
related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Governor Whitmer has declared a state of emergency and closed
all public and private schools now through April 5, 2020.
We want to assure you that we will be providing a series of
communications to give answers and clear direction over the
course of the next days and weeks. Today, we are focused on
organizing, planning, and communicating with our stakeholders.
Here are a few immediate items we can report on:
Schools are closed until April 5. There will be no building
access unless otherwise communicated. We will send a future
communication about Spring Break.
Resources for supporting student learning are being
considered and future updates will be provided.
Resources to address student nutrition and food insecurity
are being considered and future updates will be provided. We
are seeking direction from the state and attempting to
coordinate with external food service providers.
We are not accepting donations of food, clothing, or
supplies at this time.
There will be ongoing updates and communications over the
coming days and weeks. A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
document is being created and will be posted to the website,
social media, and future emails.
Qualifying high school students have The Rapid WAVE cards
that can be used for emergencies and extenuating
Of the four school-based health clinics, only the Burton
Health Clinic is open.
Questions or concerns may be directed to 616-301-1111 or
emailed to email@example.com. Please allow for a
48-hour response time.
All employees will be compensated for the state-mandated school
closure days, including all hourly workers. The following staff
do not report: GREA, GRESPA, GRPSPA, GRACEN, GRAEOP, GREOA, and
school-based support non-exempt. The superintendent and cabinet
will be working. Cabinet will contact all exempt staff and
public safety staff to determine if they need to report.
District emergency response team (DERT) members must report.
Staff should monitor their GRPS emails for future
He/Him/His Executive Director of Communications & External
Grand Rapids Public Schools
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March 12, 2020