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COVID-19 Update April 8, 2020

With the Governor’s executive order suspending face-to-face learning at K-12 schools for the remainder of the school year, GHAPS will continue to provide breakfast and lunch to anyone under 18 years old for the remainder of the school year. Weekly meals can be picked up on the following days:

  • Monday, April 13
  • Monday, April 20
  • Monday, April 27
  • Monday, May 4
  • Monday, May 11
  • Monday, May 18
  • Tuesday, May 26 (due to Memorial Day on Monday, May 25)
  • Monday, June 1

Pick-up times have been modified, but locations remain the same. New pick-up times are 10 am – 1 pm and 4 – 6 pm. Locations are still:

  • Ferry Elementary: 1050 Pennoyer Ave, Grand Haven
  • Lake Hills Elementary: 18181 Dogwood Dr, Spring Lake
  • Robinson Elementary: 11801 120th Ave, Grand Haven
  • River Haven Village: 14546 Mercury Dr, Grand Haven

If you do not have transportation, we can provide food delivery. Please call 850-5040 or email food@ghaps.org.

Love in Action, which provides weekend food to elementary school children through their Backpack Blessings program, will have weekend supplemental food available for pick-up at these locations during the designated pick-up times, too.

Families who need additional food support should contact Love in Action at 846-2701 for help accessing local food pantries.

If you would like to help provide food for local families in need, you can donate non-perishable goods at the following drop-off locations:

  • Tri-Cities Family YMCA: 1 Y Dr, Grand Haven
  • D&W Fresh Market: 1116 Robbins Rd, Grand Haven
  • Love in Action: 1106 Fulton St, Grand Haven
  • All Shores Wesleyan Church: 15550 Cleveland St, Spring Lake
  • Grand Haven City Hall: 519 Washington Ave, Grand Haven

 

Today, Governor Whitmer issued a new executive order that has closed schools for the remainder of the year. While this answers some of our questions, many more remain. Here is what we can share at this time:

  • We have been preparing for a potential long-term closure. Our formal remote learning plan is nearly complete, but will require approval by the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District. Thanks to our close collaboration with the ISD, we expect this to be a smooth and efficient process.
     
  • Spring Break – April 3-10 – will remain a week off. We expect to officially begin remote learning on Wednesday, April 15.
     
  • Remote learning counts! We will keep our seniors on track for graduation, and all our students on track to move to the next grade level. Our teachers will demonstrate a good faith effort to providing high quality instruction, and our students need to demonstrate a good faith effort to participate in remote learning. We’ll determine more specifics in the coming days.
     
  • We have been hard at work assessing Internet connectivity and determining reasonable expectations for our students and teachers. Overall, connectivity has been strong throughout the district, but we will continue to work with individual families as needed.
     
  • Students in grades 3-12 already have their Chromebooks, and we are planning to distribute iPads to our Y5-2nd grade students via curbside pick-up after Spring Break.
     
  • Spring assessments have been canceled, and statutory requirements that utilize assessment data (like Read by Grade 3) are suspended for the year. Rising seniors will take the SAT in the fall, and the PSAT will be administered in the fall as well.
     
  • The Governor’s order offers districts significant flexibility in next year’s start date. Our current focus is on establishing an effective remote learning plan for this year, but as soon as it’s feasible, we’ll work on establishing next year’s calendar.

 

Chromebook support will be held Monday from 9am - 11am and Thursday from 1pm - 3pm each week. Parents can call 616.850.5040 or email helpdesk@ghaps.org to schedule an appointment.
Walk-ins will not be accepted. 

 

Home Internet Access Options

Beginning Monday, March 16, Charter commits to the following for 60 days:

  • Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
  • Charter will partner with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely. Charter will continue to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, high speed broadband program to eligible low-income households delivering speeds of 30 Mbps.
  • Charter will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public use.
  • Spectrum does not have data caps or hidden fees.

 

In response to emergency measures associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19), Internet Essentials will increase speeds from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps for all customers. This speed increase will happen automatically - no action is required by customers. In addition, new customers will receive two months of free service. Click here for more information.

 

Sprint will be joining AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon in offering unlimited data for 60 days starting next week. The arrangement will kick in by March 19, Sprint said late Friday, adding that the company will also provide customers with an extra 20GB of mobile hotspot data per month for the same time period.  Click here for more information.

 

COVID-19 Update April 1, 2020
 

The school closure due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) is no doubt stressful for both parents and students. Fear and anxiety about a disease, having our day-to-day routines altered, isolation from peers/teachers, and the economic ramifications that result are overwhelming. Likely, the uncertainty of our current situation has brought strong emotions to the forefront that, at times, can be difficult to manage.

GHAPS has made online learning a priority during the closure to ensure that your student stays connected and engaged in the learning process. However, the social-emotional wellness of your student is equally important. Being purposeful about practicing self-care is key to coping with heightened stress. 

The GHAPS support staff has created a site for parents and students to access wellness resources, including contact information for the social worker/counselor in your student's building, crisis numbers, and activities of various topics that you or your student can access.  This site will continue to be updated with information and resources in the upcoming days and weeks and be accessed by clicking this link www.ghaps.org/wellness or on the GHAPS homepage.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to your building support staff during school hours with questions or concerns via email.  We are here to support you.  

 

Thanks to the on-going flexibility of the State of Michigan, we are able to provide breakfast and lunch to anyone 18 years old and under. With the Governor’s extension of the closure of schools through the GHAPS spring break, we are able to provide food for that week, too. For the next two weeks of the school closure, weekly meals can be picked up on Monday, March 30 and Monday, April 6.

Pick-up times are 10 am – 2 pm and 4 – 7 pm. Locations are:

  • Ferry Elementary: 1050 Pennoyer Ave, Grand Haven
  • Lake Hills Elementary: 18181 Dogwood Dr, Spring Lake
  • Robinson Elementary: 11801 120th Ave, Grand Haven
  • CHANGE - River Haven Village: 14546 Mercury Dr, Grand Haven

If you do not have transportation, we can provide food delivery. Please call 850-5040 or email food@ghaps.org.

Love in Action, which provides weekend food to elementary school children through their Backpack Blessings program, will have weekend supplemental food available for pick-up at these locations during the designated pick-up times, too.

Families who need additional food support should contact Love in Action at 846-2701 for help accessing local food pantries.

If you would like to help provide food for local families in need, you can donate non-perishable goods at the following drop-off locations:

  • Tri-Cities Family YMCA: 1 Y Dr, Grand Haven
  • D&W Fresh Market: 1116 Robbins Rd, Grand Haven
  • Love in Action: 1106 Fulton St, Grand Haven
  • All Shores Wesleyan Church: 15550 Cleveland St, Spring Lake
  • Grand Haven City Hall: 519 Washington Ave, Grand Haven

 

Food Service Program

Thanks to the flexibility of the State of Michigan, we are able to provide breakfast and lunch to anyone 18 years old and under. A school week’s worth of meals can be picked up tomorrow (Tuesday, March 17). For the remaining two weeks of the school closure, weekly meals can be picked up on Monday, March 23 and Monday, March 30.

Pick-up times are 10 am – 2 pm and 4 – 7 pm. Locations are:

  • Ferry Elementary: 1050 Pennoyer Ave, Grand Haven
  • Lake Hills Elementary: 18181 Dogwood Dr, Spring Lake
  • Robinson Elementary: 11801 120th Ave, Grand Haven
  • CHURCH: Hope Church, 14932 Mercury Dr, Grand Haven, MI 49417

If you do not have transportation, Harbor Transit will provide complimentary rides to Ferry Elementary, Lake Hills Elementary, and Hope Church.  Please call 842-3200 to schedule a ride.

If you have any other questions please call 850-5040 or email food@ghaps.org.

Love in Action, which provides weekend food to elementary school children through their Backpack Blessings program, will have weekend supplemental food available for pick-up at these locations during the designated pick-up times, too.

Families who need additional food support should contact Love in Action at 846-2701 for help accessing local food pantries.

If you would like to help provide food for local families in need, you can donate non-perishable goods at the following drop-off locations:

  • Tri-Cities Family YMCA: 1 Y Dr, Grand Haven
  • D&W Fresh Market: 1116 Robbins Rd, Grand Haven
  • Love in Action: 1106 Fulton Street, Grand Haven
  • All Shores Wesleyan Church: 15550 Cleveland St, Spring Lake
  • Grand Haven City Hall: 519 Washington Ave, Grand Haven

 

 

COVID-19 Update: March 13, 2020

On the evening of March 12, 2020, Governor Whitmer ordered the closure of all K-12 school buildings for three weeks, beginning Monday. Therefore, GHAPS will be closed March 16 – April 3, 2020. All buildings will be closed to students, which means there will be no activities or events at our schools. Preschool and Open Door are closed as well. Spring Break will proceed as scheduled from April 6 – 10, 2020.

While there are still many unanswered questions, the leadership team is working nonstop to develop effective plans under these unprecedented circumstances.

Our teachers will be instituting a “Learn from Home” program beginning Wednesday, March 18. The goal is to provide essential learning for students using a variety of delivery methods. For students in grades 3-12, their school-issued Chromebooks will be important tools. Parents should have students log into their Chromebooks Monday or Tuesday so we can validate Internet access. We are currently developing a plan for families who do not have home Internet service.

Food is a significant concern for many of our students. We are planning to work in collaboration with our food service provider and local nonprofits to supply food to students and families who need it as quickly as possible.

All GHAPS staff will continue at full pay during the three-week closure. Essential staff will be asked to report, and teachers will have “Learn from Home” responsibilities. Hourly employees must remain available to work as needed Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 am and 3:30 pm. Principals and directors will provide more detail to their staffs, but there are many ways that we will need help to support our students and their families.

Existing sick time policies remain in effect for all staff, and there are no changes to staff schedules or expectations during break. We will remain conscious of creating a safe working environment for all.

We will provide additional updates as more information becomes available. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through the many complexities of this situation.

 

COVID-19 Update: March 12, 2020

There are now confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Michigan. Since the beginning of this public health issue, we have been following the preventative protocols and recommendations from the state of Michigan and our local health department. We are keeping current on the latest developments and making decisions intended to keep our students and families healthy and safe.

Yesterday, the Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) provided an update to school leaders across Ottawa County. Their recommendation is that we continue to operate as usual unless new developments occur. Any decisions about closing schools will be made on a case-by-case, building-by-building basis. Unless a directive comes from state leaders, these decisions will be made collaboratively between OCDPH and GHAPS leadership.

In accordance with Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s recommendations, most extracurricular events have been canceled. We are also working to implement as many of the Governor’s recommended practices as possible. The situation is evolving quickly, and we will do our best to keep you informed.

We would like to reiterate that experts are still recommending preventative measures like hand-washing, personal hygiene and staying home when sick as the best ways to limit the reach of COVID-19. At GHAPS, we have ordered hand sanitizer pumps for every classroom; have purchased several ionizer wands that can be used in classrooms and on buses; and are updating our cleaning products to those that are effective in killing the virus, per CDC guidelines. However, we do encourage parents of students with high-risk or fragile immune systems to have a conversation with their pediatrician and school staff regarding school attendance and preventative measures.

We will provide additional updates as more information becomes available.

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