GRPS Changes Date Of Expanded In-Person Learning Starting
A week or so ago Grand Rapids Public schools announced that they were going to expand their hybrid in-person learning for students in K-8th grade on April 12th, but on Wednesday they announced they’ll be moving that date until April 19th. Students in Grades 9-12 as well as preschool and ECSE will keep the same learning schedule as they’ve been before spring break.
Currently, students are in class 2 days of the week and doing virtual learning the other days. The expanded model will see students in class 4 days each week.
According to WZZM, School officials have cited the change in date for students to start the expanding hybrid in-person learning is because of the increase of positive Covid-19 cases in Kent County and being cautious as students are returning from spring break.
WZZM says the Kent County Health Department has recommended that any unvaccinated student or staff member who may have left the state during spring break go get tested for COVID-19 or at least quarantine for a week before returning to school in-person.
The cautious approach comes as the school district has started seeing the rate of positive cases among students and staff increase as of late. GRPS spokesperson, John Helmholdt told WZZM,
"For a while, it was one or two a week," said Helmholdt, "We're seeing one, or two, or three a day right now. That's either positive students and or staff, along with close contact. So, it's directly correlated with this spike."