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2020-21
Information HUB

2020-21 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: May 7, 2021

Dear Knights:

May is a favorite month for many with celebrations aplenty. This Sunday we honor Mothers. Please join me in thanking all moms, and those who step into the role of motherhood, for their incredible patience and unwavering support. We are beyond grateful for all you do to support your Knight(s). Happy Mother’s Day to all moms!

May also concludes a 13-year journey for the Class of 2021. We look forward to honoring and celebrating the Class of 2021 at several events in May followed by the awarding of their high school diploma at Commencement in June. Like everything during this pandemic, our celebrations will be different than prior years, but we are grateful for the opportunity to honor students for their resilience, perseverance, and commitment to learning and growth.

I was worried that our end-of-year celebrations would be negatively impacted again this year as COVID rates climbed in March. Instead, I am cautiously optimistic that we are beyond the latest peak and will continue a steady rate of decline. The Kent County rolling 7-day positivity rate is currently 12.1%, and our 14-day community incidence rate continues to be one of the lowest in the county.

Within our schools, we currently have 13 individuals (12 students, 1 staff) who are isolating as a result of testing positive for COVID-19 and 88 individuals (86 students, 2 staff) who are quarantining due to contact tracing. The number of positive cases in our schools and the resulting number of quarantines are updated daily on our COVID-19 Dashboard.

As the COVID metrics continue to improve in our state, locally, and within our schools, we look forward to updated guidance from the Kent County Health Department. We anticipate a more targeted approach to the identification of close contacts that will reduce the educational impact that quarantining has on our students. I will provide more details on this development as the impact of these shifts come into focus.

It is important we stay vigilant in our actions to prevent the spread of COVID. Doing so will allow us to hold the many end-of-year events that honor our students. I am confident we can safely celebrate if we are afforded the opportunity to do so. Thank you for your continued support.

#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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