2020-21
Information HUB

Information Hub

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: March 5, 2021

Dear Knights:

Birds chirping, warmer weather and the snow melting are all signs that spring is nearly here! This also means students enjoy being outside longer (and muddy clothes).

The nicer weather and the number of students who have returned to in-person learning has resulted in bus ridership increasing. In most cases, two students have to sit in each seat to accommodate all riders. All students must continue to wear a face covering at all times while on the bus, especially as they are unable to social distance.

In any other year, this would not cause us to pause and bring this to your attention. I wish we could solve this dilemma by adding more bus routes, but the reality is there is a significant bus driver shortage. In fact, you might recall we were not able to run three routes for a few days in the fall due to not having enough bus drivers.

I wanted to bring this to your attention in the event you are able to help us yet again. If possible, it would be a tremendous help if you temporarily transported your student(s) instead of sending them on the bus. Carpooling can be a safe alternative if face coverings are worn and the time in the car is limited to less than 15 minutes. I realize making this change, where possible, creates hardship and inconvenience, but I’m hopeful this will provide more space for those students who have to ride the bus.

The good news is we have not had any students who have had to quarantine since winter break as a result of riding the bus. The potential certainly exists, however, and we want to be proactive in addressing possible concerns without negatively impacting all. We will need to find other ways to increase social distancing on the buses if we begin to see a large number of students having to quarantine as a result of being a close contact while riding the bus.

We currently have three (3) positive individuals (2 students, 1 staff) who are isolating and 15 individuals (14 students, 1 staff) who are quarantined. The COVID metrics for Kent County remain very good. The 7-day positivity rate for the county is 4.1% and the number of incidences per 100,000 residents over a 14-day period is the lowest it has been since the county began tracking this data in the fall. The Kenowa Hills community currently has the lowest number of incidences per 100,000 residents in the county.

We have been successful in mitigating the spread of this virus as a result of our collective efforts. Thank you for your cooperation and relentless actions.

#uKNIGHTedWEstand

Gerald Hopkins
Superintendent

PS - Please contact the transportation department at 616-453-4757 if you would like to become a bus driver. A commercial driver’s license (CDL) is required. Training is provided. My mom has many fond memories as a bus driver, and she loved that her work schedule aligned with the school calendar.

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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