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Cedar Springs High School temporarily shifts to remote learning

High School students will be learning from home November 9 through December 1

Cedar Springs High School students will be learning from home for the next few weeks because of a large number of student absences due to quarantine. The Post asked Superintendent Scott Smith to explain what is happening.

“We continue to see a dramatic increase in the number of students in grades 9-12 absent from class due to COVID-19. The actual number of positive cases for High School students on any given day has remained relatively low.  However, the number of students and staff required to quarantine for 14 days has become significant and currently accounts for nearly 99 percent of the absences we are seeing,” he explained. 

“On Monday, November 9, the High School was expecting three student absences due to a positive COVID-19 test and over 180 students out due to quarantine.  One out of every five desks at the High School was going to be empty on Monday due to COVID-19 related absences.  To stabilize the learning experience for all High School students, we decided to move to our remote learning plan beginning on November 9 and lasting through December 1.”

Smith said that the increase in absences has caused a significant strain on the learning process for students missing class due to COVID-19.  “Teachers were doing their best to deliver the same lesson both in-person and remotely. In comparison, teaching a lesson remotely or in-person requires similar but very different strategies. The shift to remote learning allows our teachers to focus on one delivery method for their lessons, providing equitable instruction for all students. The decision to launch our remote learning model at the High School was clear.”

So far, attendance levels in the other buildings indicate that students in grades PK-8 can continue to learn in-person.  

How will this affect certain high school activities?

Athletics/Co-curricular programs – At this time, we will continue with all scheduled athletic/co-curricular eventsand activities. All current safety measures will remain in place.

KCTC/KTC transportation will continue to be provided. Some minor adjustments to routes and schedules may be necessary. 

Meal availability – Student meals will be available for pick-up between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. at the HS loop (near the office) on the following dates:

Monday – 11/9

Thursday – 11/12

Monday – 11/16

Thursday – 11/19

Monday – 11/23

Students will be given meals for three days. Please reach out to the High School office if you need meals but are not available during the scheduled times.

Mobile Hotspots may be available through CSPS if you do not have an internet connection where you live. These devices are being distributed based on need and availability. 

Personal items The High School will be open during regular school hours. Students can pick up any personal items starting on Monday. 

Early Middle College – A separate communication will be sent to our EMC families outlining specificinformation on this program.

Smith said they would keep parents informed of any future adjustments to their schedule or programs.  

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A Message from the Superintendent

When the 2020/21 school year starts on September 8, it will have been 179 days since students were last in classrooms learning. Many will agree that it has been far too long since our students and teachers were together in person and engaged in the learning process. Fortunately, Cedar Springs students will now have opportunities to learn like never before. The upcoming school year will be built around students and teachers engaging in meaningful learning experiences both on campus and online.

The Apollo 13 mission, launched on April 11, 1970, did not go as planned. Several disruptions in the spacecraft’s systems resulted in a cancellation of the mission to land on the moon and put the lives of the astronauts in peril. Fortunately, after several tense days and remarkable effort, the crew splashed down safely in the ocean. The launch of the 2020-2021 school year on September 8, 2020, is Cedar Springs Public Schools’ Apollo 13 moment.

We have launched our CS Red Hawks Online School for students desiring an option to learn remotely this year. Our hallways and classrooms were cleaned from top to bottom and are ready to welcome our students and staff when they arrive. We have updated our protocols to ensure that strict guidelines are followed daily and hourly to keep our students safe as they pursue their education. We have spent the summer selecting the “perfect” people to fill vacant positions. Chromebooks and classroom materials have been ordered and distributed to make the first day of school a success. Our team is ready! We can’t wait to greet students next week, both in-person and remotely!

Finally, please accept my heartfelt thanks to each member of the Red Hawk community who supported the District on August 4. Our District is made stronger through the support of the people who call Cedar Springs home. Your efforts are making CSPS an incredible place to learn, work, and play. We can! We will! We are! TOGETHER!

With gratitude and respect, Scott B. Smith, Superintendent

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Welcome Back

As CSPS prepares to kick-off the 2020-2021 school year, families will want to have access to information about their child’s learning and progress.

Cedar Springs is using 2 specific technology tools to help with streamlining communication and information.

Powerschool: Where parents of 6-12 students go for grades and attendance information. Parents of 6th graders will receive information about how to log in to Powerschool as a parent in the near future from Red Hawk.

Canvas: Where parents of K-12 students go for information about daily lessons, quizzes, tests, and for work when a student is absent. Where parents of K-5 students go for feedback about lesson progress.

Directions will be coming from each building and in the next Red Hawk Review about how to access and sign-up for both technologies. Families will have the ability to sign up for various notifications so that each family is able to get the information needed. Troubleshooting help for these and other technology needs will be available to families through our helpdesk by emailing: helpdesk@kentisd.org.

SCHOOL BUS STOPS – School buses are like traffic signals

When overhead lights are flashing yellow -PREPARE TO STOP!

When overhead lights are flashing red – STOP!

When the hazard warning lights are flashing red – PROCEED WITH CAUTION!

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Cedar Springs Public Schools Board of Education

Board Meetings are Open to the Public 

Regular Board meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of the month. Work Session Board meetings are held on the 4th Monday of the month. (unless otherwise noted)

These meeting are held at the Hilltop Community Building, 3rd Floor, Board Room, 204 E Muskegon Street, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

Regular Meetings begin at 6:45 p.m.

Work Sessions begin at 6:15 p.m.

On every agenda, there is an item designated as Public Comment. The Board president will ask if there are any individuals wishing to address the Board in the audience.

2020 Board Meeting Dates:

September 14, 2020 6:45 p.m.

September 28, 2020 6:15 p.m.*

October 12, 2020 6:45 p.m.

October 26, 2020 6:15 p.m.*

November 9, 2020 6:45 p.m.

November 23, 2020 6:15 p.m.*

December 14, 2020 6:45 p.m.

*work session

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Inclement Weather

Occasionally, adverse weather conditions or other emergency situations may make it necessary to cancel school, delay the start of school, cancel evening activities or run buses on main/paved roads only. When these situations occur, notice will be communicated to WOOD TV 8, WXMI Fox 17, and WZZM TV 13 through the Grand Rapids Area Information Line (GRAIL) to all subscribing area media.

Campus Kids will be open on days that school is closed/delayed unless otherwise noted in school closing announcements.

Buses will not transport students to Kent Career and Technical Center for 1st session when a school delay or cancellation is issued. Students will be given a weatherrelated absence at KCTC when we are officially not transporting them. Students who choose to drive personal vehicles to KCTC on school delays or cancellations assume responsibility for their decision.

When school evening activities are cancelled, this cancellation also includes all clubs, facility rentals, and extra-curricular events held on campus and scheduled for that evening. For more information, please visit www.csredhawks.org or call 616-696-1204.

If you wish to receive text or email alerts for school closings and delays, here are a couple of options to consider:

WOOD TV: http://woodtv.com/text-alerts/

WZZM TV: www.wzzm13.com/about/text-alerts/

WXMI TV: http://fox17online.com/weather/westmichigan-closings-and-cancellations/

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Mobile Food Pantry

Food For People in Need

Hilltop Community Building

204 E Muskegon, Cedar Springs

Lower Parking Lot

The 3rd Monday of the Month – September 21

Registration 4:30 pm, Distribution 5:00 pm

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2020-2021 School Calendar

September

September 8 1st day of school

September 11 Student Early Release

September 25 Student Early Release

October

October 9 Student Early Release

October 23 Student Early Release 

November

November 6 Student Early Release

November 20 Student Early Release

November 25 – 27 Thanksgiving Break

November 30 No School

December

December 11 Student Early Release

December 21 – January 1 Winter Break

January

January 8 Student Early Release

January 20 Student Early Release – CSHS ONLY

January 21 Student Early Release – CSHS ONLY

January 22 Student Early Release

February

February 5 Student Early Release

February 12 No School for Students

February 15-16 Mid Winter Break

March

March 5 Student Early Release

March 19 Student Early Release

April

April 2 No School for Students

April 5-9 Spring Break

April 23 Student Early Release

May

May 7 Student Early Release

May21 Student Early Release

May 28 No School – Snow Day Make-Up Day

May 31 Memorial Day Break

June

June 7 Student Early Release – CSHS ONLY

June 8 Student Early Release – CSHS ONLY

June 9 Student Early Release – CSHS ONLY

June 9 Last Day for Students – Early Release

Snow Day Make-Up Days as needed: June 11, 14, 15, 16, 17

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2020-2021 Food Service Information

Elementary Breakfast $1.40 Elementary Lunch $2.35

Secondary Breakfast $1.50 Secondary Lunch $2.85 – $3.00 Milk $.50

Online deposits are available through www.sendmoneytoschool.com where you will have the convenience of checking meal account balances, making deposits into those accounts and eventually deposting money into other department accounts.

We also offer the convenience of applying for the USDA Meal Program at www.lunchapp.com. Forms are also available in the building office.

If you have any questions, please contact Holly Haywood @ 616.696.0372 or holly.haywood@csredhawks.org

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Annual Notices

Annual Education Report

The Michigan Department of Education requires all schools to publish an annual report to inform the residents about the status of their schools. This report provides detailed information on student assessment results, Adequate Yearly Progress results, teacher qualification information, and the state results for the National Assessment of Educational Progress. You can view Cedar Springs Public Schools’ Annual Education Report by vising our website at www.csredhawks.org or you may review a copy in any building offices.

Asbestos Management Plan Available for Review by Parents, Teachers and Employees

Our school district has conducted an extensive asbestos survey of all of our buildings. Based on the findings of these inspections, a comprehensive management plan was drafted. This plan details the response actions that the district will be taking regarding asbestos containing materials found in our buildings. This plan is available for inspection at our office without cost or restriction during normal business hours. If you desire to have a personal copy, please notify the main administrative office and it will be supplied to you within five (5) working days at a cost of 30 cents per page. We have endeavored to make our schools a safe place in which students can learn. Our procedures for dealing with this problem reflect that concern. Please let us know if we can answer any questions.

Military and Directory Information Notice

DIRECTORY INFORMATION NOTICE shall be provided annually to students and their parents: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that Cedar Springs Public Schools, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records. However, Cedar Springs Public Schools may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the District to the contrary in accordance with District procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the Cedar Springs Public Schools to include this type of information from your child’s education records in certain school publications. Examples include: A playbill, showing your student’s role in a drama production; the annual yearbook; Honor roll or other recognition lists; Graduation programs; and Sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members. Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent. Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks. In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories – names, addresses and telephone listings – unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent.(1) If you do not want Cedar Springs Public Schools to disclose directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the District in writing by 9/30/2020.

Cedar Springs Public Schools has designated the following information as directory information: [Note: an LEA may, but does not have to, include all the information listed below.] Student’s name, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, address, telephone, listing weight and height of members of athletic teams, electronic mail address, photograph, degrees, honors, and awards received, date and place of birth, major field of study, dates of attendance, grade level, the most recent educational agency. If you want to opt your student out of military recruiters ONLY please designate that in a letter or email to sheri.whipple@csredhawks.org

Pesticide Advisory to Parents

CSPS has adopted an Integrated Pest Management program. Inherent with this are efforts to reduce pesticide use as much as possible. While it may occasionally be necessary to apply a pesticide, this program does not rely on routine pesticide applications to resolve problems. We use various techniques such as habitat alteration, sanitation, mechanical means, exclusion, etc. to prevent the pests from becoming a problem.

As required by Michigan law, you will receive advanced notice of non-emergency application of a pesticide (insecticide, fungicide, or herbicide), other than bait or gel formulation, which is made to the school, school grounds, or buildings. This advance notice of a pesticide application will be given 48 hours before the

1.) Posting at the primary entrances to your child’s school. The entrances that will be posted are the main entrance and those that have a sidewalk that leads directly to a parking lot.

2.) Posting in the common area located by the main office of the school.

You may review the school’s Integrated Pest Management program and records of any pesticide application upon request by contacting Ken Simon, Director of Facilities, Maintenance & Operations, (616) 696-1204 ext. 1010.

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Celebrating the Class of 2020

Graduation this year will likely look a little different than the above photo. Social distancing and masks may make an appearance. The above photo was taken in 2017 by Kelly and Rob LaLone.

By Judy Reed

The end of the 2019-20 school year has been anything but normal. In-class learning ended abruptly in March after the COVID-19 virus made its appearance here. In April, the rest of the school year was canceled, though students continued to learn online and from home. The school year is now over, and the senior class of 2020 missed out on many of the things that make a senior year special. So this week, we are celebrating our seniors, as we normally do this time of year. You can find photos of the Class of 2020 from various schools and their highest honors seniors by downloading the following link: 2020 Graduation.pdf

Some schools have given us tentative graduation dates: 

Creative Technologies Academy has a tentative date of June 23 at Red Hawk Stadium. “We are still working out the details, but we will follow the governor’s Phase 4 guidelines for crowd size and social distancing rules,” said retiring Superintendent Dan George. “The guest speaker is Dan Quisenberry, president of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies. As you know, this will be my last ceremony, so I’m thrilled that we get to do this for our seniors who have endured so much this year.”

Cedar Springs Public Schools has a tentative date of June 25 at 7 p.m., according to high school principal Ron Behrenwald.

Tri County Area Schools has two tentative dates with the first one being on Sunday, June 14.  “Not highly likely that one will happen but we also have Sunday, August 2 penciled in,” said Connie Butler, of Tri County.

Algoma Christian School had their graduation on Friday, May 29, with students and their families in the school parking lot, where they also practiced social distancing.

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