COVID-19 Updates

Information is changing frequently, please check back often for updates. 

Thank you for your cooperation, understanding and patience as we work collaboratively to address the unprecedented response to COVID-19.


During these tough times, Greenville Public Schools would like students and families to remember that we are here for you every step of the way. Special thanks to Jay Ortega for all his hard work to make this project come to fruition!
 

Greenville Public Schools urges families to follow the guidelines and restrictions provided by Governor Whitmer, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 


On Thursday, April 2, 2020, Governor Whitmer executed Executive Order 2020-35 closing all school buildings for the remainder of this school year. GPS developed a document of Frequently Asked Questions for parents. 

PDF DocumentGPS Parent FAQ Regarding COVID-19 School Closure (last updated: April 8, 2020)


Information is changing frequently, please visit the links below for up to date COVID-19 information and resources. 

State of Michigan Website: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus
CDC Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
World Health Organization Website: https://www.who.int/
Spectrum Health Website: https://www.spectrumhealth.org/covid19
Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Website: https://www.maisd.com/about/school-closing-information-and-resources/
Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Website: https://www.michigan.gov/mde/
United Way Montcalm - Ionia Counties Website: https://www.liveunitedm-i.org/covid-19-pandemic-response

Resource Documents
PDF DocumentResource List - The Right Door
Excel DocumentCovid-19 Dental Directory
PDF DocumentTeen & Young Adult - Staying Socially Connected While Keeping a Safe Distance
PDF DocumentSticking to a Schedule
PDF DocumentRaising Healthy Teens
 

TIPS: 

  • Stay home when you are sick.  If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, then dispose of the tissue. When a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.
  • Wash hands for 20 seconds. Washing hands often under clean, running water can help prevent the spread of germs. If you cannot wash your hands, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60-95% alcohol.  As always, encourage your child to practice hand hygiene at home and school.


2-1-1 is also the number to call if you would like to VOLUNTEER for your local United Way organization. Please call to register and they will get the information to the local United Way organization. 

 

 

Food Distribution Information

In order to support our students and families during this difficult time, GPS will continue to offer meals to children 18 & under. Students do not need to be present for the meal pick-up.

The GPS Meal Distribution will continue through Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

Multiple Meals will be distributed on TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS at Greenville High School from 11:30am-12:30pm.

Please enter the main parking lot from Hillcrest Street and meals will be distributed curbside near the far east side of the school due to construction. Please remain in your vehicle. 

PDF DocumentGPS Meal Distribution Flyer - effective starting March 25, 2020


Additional Resources
 

PDF DocumentBridge Card Benefits & Double Up Food Bucks 
The State of Michigan has received authorization to provide all students who receive free or reduced meals at schools to receive Bridge Card/SNAP food benefits from March through June as they are not receiving nourishing meals at school. Each eligible student should receive $193.80 for March and April and $182.40 for May and June for a total of $376 per student. With the additional great value of using Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB), families will be able to afford up to $752 healthy food for each eligible students. For Double Up Food Bucks Markets, please visit www.westmichiganfarmmarkets.org.

PDF DocumentFood Pantries in Montcalm County Brochure

United Way Montcalm-Ionia Counties is scheduling Feeding America food trucks at several locations within the two counties. As of today (3/19) for Greenville, they will be hosting a mobile food bank in the Greenville High School parking lot (111 N. Hillcrest St., Greenville) every week beginning Monday, March 23 and continuing each Monday through April 27 (6 weeks total). Food distribution will begin at 3 PM and continue until it's gone. Registration is quick and simple and you don’t even need to get out of your car.  Check out the link to their website to view a schedule, be sure to check back regularly as more trucks are added.

External LinkUnited Way Montcalm-Ionia​​​​​​​

Social Emotional Support

Do you need social, emotional, and/or mental health support?  Please complete the form for your student's building below to have a social worker or counselor from your student's building contact you. If you have multiple students in multiple buildings, you only need to fill out one form and needs will be communicated and supports will be coordinated.

Google FormsBaldwin Heights Elementary
Google FormsCedar Crest Elementary
Google FormsLincoln Heights Elementary
Google FormsWalnut Hills Elementary
Google FormsGreenville Middle School
Google FormsGreenville High School

Google DocSocial & Emotional Resources for GPS Elementary Students
Google DocSocial & Emotional Resources for GPS Secondary (middle & high school) Students


PDF Document Montcalm Care Network COVID-19 Mental Health Support

GPS Continuity of Learning Plan for COVID-19

Greenville Public Schools' Continuity of Learning Plan for COVID-19 was approved on April 13, 2020 by the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD).  Please click the link below for the detailed GPS Continuity Learning Plan.   

PDF DocumentGreenville Public School Continuity of Learning Plan for COVID-19

For a complete list of classroom information (including teacher office hours) for all GPS Schools, please CLICK HERE

Additional Student Learning Opportunities

Each teacher will offer learning opportunities directly to students and families during closure days.  Please email your student's teacher for more information.  We are here to help your students and your family and keep the learning alive. 


Wide Open School - Wide Open School features a free collection of the best learning experiences and activities for kids, organized by grade band and subject. You will also find daily schedules with creative breaks and recommendations to keep kids engaged and exploring, one day (or one hour) at a time.
External Linkhttps://wideopenschool.org/?j=7723549&sfmc_sub=171876542&l=2048712_HTML&u=144169166&mid=6409703&jb=1949&utm_source=WOS_announcement_20200331&utm_medium=email

Please view the link below for a list of FREE education opportunities.
External Linkhttp://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/

The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) also has a list of several Student Learning Opportunities listed on their website. 
External Linkhttps://www.maisd.com/about/school-closing-information-and-resources/

If you are seeking low cost Internet options for your home during the time of COVID-19 school closure, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has provided information found in the link below listing several options. There are eligibility requirements with each option, most of which involve what school districts know as economically disadvantaged criteria (also known as eligibility for free or reduced priced school meals).
External LinkMichigan Department of Education (MDE) - Michigan Home Internet Options* for the Economically Disadvantaged

View the link below for directions to access Epic Reading, a digital library for our students.  Students can access this from chromebooks, laptops and phones. 
External LinkEpic Reading Login Instructions

GPS maintains an ebook library for elementarymiddle, and high school students.  Students can log in to these using their Synergy passwords. Please email armockh@gpsmi.us with any login issues.  

The local public libraries also have extensive ebook collections for families who have library cards.  For Montcalm residents, the website is www.flatriverlibrary.org and for Kent it is www.kdl.org


GPS Students Supporting Students

Initiated by GHS junior Anna Thompson, the concept of this opportunity is partnering NHS & NJHS students with younger students to provide peer-to-peer support (using technology) during the mandated school closure. In no way is this a replacement of parents or teachers as the first best presence in students' lives. It is meant as an additional support or supplement for those who are interested.

If this is an option you wish to explore for your student, please check out the flyer for additional information and/or click on the link for an electronic form to sign up your student.

PDF DocumentGPS Students Supporting Students Flyer
External LinkGPS Students Supporting Students Form
If you have more than one student, please complete a separate form for each student. 

Secondary (middle & high school) students who wish to mentor may contact their NHS or NJHS advisor via email.  

GHS: Mian Fisher at fishermi@gpsmi.us
GMS: Cassandra Fletcher at fletcherc@gpsmi.us 

Please feel free to email Asst. Superintendent Michelle Blaszczynski at blaszczm@gpsmi.us with any questions or concerns regarding this student-led initiative.


JA Online Resources

 

http://www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-mgl/tomorrows-are-important

Student Technology Troubleshooting

Are you having an issue with your district-issued device?
Please submit the appropriate form below.   

Google FormsGHS/GMS Chromebook Issues
Google FormsElementary Chromebook Issues

Are you experiencing an issue with your district-issued Hotspot? 
Usually, shutting it down, restarting and moving to a different location within the home will work.

Superintendent's Communication

Below are letters that have been emailed to district parents regarding COVID-19 updates.  We are continuing to communicate information as quickly as possible.  

PDF DocumentParent Letter - July 6, 2020 

PDF Document Back to School Safely 2020 - June 27, 2020- A message from the Montcalm County School Superintendents Network

PDF DocumentParent Letter - June 25, 2020 / Parent Survey Results

PDF DocumentParent Letter - June 19, 2020

PDF DocumentParent Letter - June 5, 2020 (includes link to Parent Survey)

PDF DocumentParent Letter - June 4, 2020 

PDF DocumentParent Letter - May 10, 2020 

PDF DocumentParent Letter - April 27, 2020 (sent at approximately 2:00pm)

PDF DocumentParent Letter - April 17, 2020 (sent April 16 at approximately 10pm)

PDF DocumentParent Letter - April 10, 2020 (sent at approximately 12pm)

PDF DocumentParent Letter - April 6, 2020 (sent at approximately 12pm)
Includes GPS Parent FAQ Regarding School Closure document

PDF DocumentParent Letter - April 2, 2020 (sent at approximately 10:30am)

PDF DocumentParent Letter - March 26, 2020 (sent at approximately 6:30pm)

PDF DocumentParent Letter - March 23, 2020 (sent at approximately 5:00pm)

PDF DocumentParent Letter - March 21, 2020 (sent at approximately 3:00pm)
Includes some updated information on the COVID-19 Communications & Support FAQ document

PDF DocumentParent Letter - March 20, 2020 (sent at approximately 12:00pm)
Includes the original COVID-19 Communications & Support FAQ document

PDF DocumentParent Letter - March 16, 2020 (sent at approximately 11:00am)

PDF DocumentParent Letter - March 13, 2020 (sent at approximately 1:30pm)

PDF DocumentParent Letter - March 13, 2020 (sent at approximately 7:00am)

PDF DocumentParent Letter - March 12, 2020 (sent at approximately 10:00pm)

PDF DocumentMontcalm Area Intermediate School District Superintendents Joint Letter (attached to GPS Parent Letter sent on March 12, 2020)

PDF DocumentParent Letter - March 11, 2020 (sent at approximately 3:00pm)

PDF DocumentParent Letter - March 11, 2020 (sent at approximately 12:30pm)

PDF DocumentParent Letter - February 28, 2020 (sent at approximately 11:30am)

PDF DocumentParent Letter - February 3, 2020 (sent at approximately 11:45am)

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