2020-21
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The 2020-21 school year has been full of surprises and changes. This page will share the most recent updates and changes, as we adjust to COVID-19 and the safety precautions we are making throughout our school community.


Message from the Superintendent: February 26, 2021

Dear Knights:

We had another great week that included more signs that we are making great progress in defeating the virus. The Kent County Health Department (KCHD) announced that effective immediately they are revising the guidance regarding the requirement to quarantine when there is a positive case in a classroom setting.

The new guidance requires any PreK-8th grade student who was within three (3) feet of a COVID-19 positive person for 15 or more minutes to be identified as a close contact and quarantined for 10 days. The change from six (6) feet to three (3) feet is based on the updated scientific evidence that the risk for spread of infection is minimal in early childhood, elementary and middle school classrooms providing daily screening, face coverings and frequent hand washing protocols are adhered to with fidelity.

Six (6) feet will continue to be the standard distance when determining close contacts for high school students and adults.

The KCHD will monitor the impact of this change and revert back to the six (6) foot proximity guidance if there is a spike in cases within PreK-Middle School settings or a negative change in the direction of the pandemic.

We currently have two (2) positive individuals (both students) who are isolating and seven (7) individuals (6 students, 1 staff) who are quarantined. Diligence and strict adherence to the layers of safety precautions continues to be our best defense as we work toward defeating the virus.

Our efforts and actions to defeat the pandemic have been relentless; however, many of us (myself included) have stopped giving in other ways in the interest of our own safety and wellbeing. One such way we have stopped giving is through the donation of blood. Here is an upcoming opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.

Kenowa Hills High School is recognized annually for hosting the largest high school blood drive in Michigan. This event was canceled last year due to the pandemic, and the need for blood is significant. This year’s blood drive will be held at the Walker Ice & Fitness Center on March 3rd and 4th. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. More information, including registration information, can be found in the flyer linked below. Help save a life and give the gift of blood.

Thank you for continuing to take care of yourself and each other.

#uKNIGHTedWEstand

Gerald Hopkins
Superintendent

Meals
The USDA has approved free meals to all children ages 0-18 through the end of the 2020-21 school year! Whether attending in person or virtually as part of our Kenowa Hills Online Learning Academy (KHOLA), all students have access to a free breakfast and lunch every school day. Breakfast and lunch service will be offered at all school sites where face-to-face learning is taking place.

Click here to access Food Service and Menu Information

Screening for Face-to-Face Students
All students attending in person must be screened prior to school every day. Parents/Guardians will receive either a text message or email at 5:30am on each school day as a reminder to complete the very simple screener when your child awakes. The electronic screening tool can be completed until 8:30am. Unfortunately, we are unable to change the time of the screening period at this point; however, we are hopeful that we will be able to customize this in the near future. The tool is designed to quickly and accurately identify anybody who should not enter our buildings either because they are experiencing symptoms, or have been in contact with a known case of COVID-19. Please contact the school once the office opens if the screener instructs you to do so. It is imperative parents complete the screener for each of their students every school day prior to coming to school. The daily electronic screener does not need to be completed if your child is not coming to school that day. Thank you for your cooperation and support in completing this daily requirement.

Face Coverings

Thank you for helping your students get accustomed to wearing a mask and supporting us with this very important safety requirement. Although we are providing cloth masks, students can wear any cloth mask (except bandanas) as long as it is appropriate for the school setting and is not a distraction to teaching and learning. As a reminder, all cloth masks should be hand washed or laundered after each use.

School Nurses

Feel free to call the school nurse if you have any questions about symptoms your student is experiencing. We are extremely grateful to have school nurses available to care for students who have minor medical needs. The nurses will also be able to administer a COVID test with written parent consent. Contact information is below and you can click here for more information and school nurse bios:

Alpine Elementary
alpinenurses@khps.org
784-0884x5454
Rachael Boafu (Primary)
Jessica Spitters (Alternate)

Central Elementary
centralnurses@khps.org
453-6351x6342
Alex Corbett (M/F)
Kathy Demeester (Tu/W/Th)
Jordan Meagher (Alternate)

Zinser Elementary
zinsernurses@khps.org
453-2461x4207
Courtney Ellens (Primary)
Makayla Myszka (Alternate)

Middle School
msnurses@khps.org
784-3225x7306
Shelby Gotaas (M)
Jesseca Schrader (Tu/W)
Lauren Dekruyter (Th/F)

High School
hsnurses@khps.org
784-2400x8231
Quinn McGill (Primary)
Trevor Baird (Alternate)

Meals

The USDA has approved free meals to all children ages 0-18 through the end of the 2020-21 school year! Whether attending in person or virtually as part of our Kenowa Hills Online Learning Academy (KHOLA), all students have access to a free breakfast and lunch every school day. Breakfast and lunch service will be offered at all school sites where face-to-face learning is taking place.

KHOLA Weekly Meal Boxes
Click here to access the Weekly Order Form for the Meal Kits. Orders are due by 12:00 PM on Friday, the week before the scheduled meal pickup time. Meal Kit pick up will be Wednesday’s from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM at the Field House entrance of the High School.

As a reminder:

  • Meal kits contain 6 breakfasts and 6 lunches
  • Meals kits are provided at NO COST
  • You are able to order additional boxes for children ages 0-18 in your family that are not enrolled in KHOLA.
  • Kenowa students enrolled in Face-to-Face learning are not eligible for Meal Kits
  • The menu for the week is listed on the Order Form. Menu items are subject to change based on availability, but we will do everything we can to provide what is listed each week.

We are still offering daily meal pick up through Tuesday, September 29th from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Field House entrance of the high school.

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