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Cedar Springs Public Schools responds to school closure

Cedar Springs Public Schools responds to school closure

April 2, 2020               

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Moments ago, Governor Whitmer ordered schools to close for the remainder of the school year. This drastic measure is intended to help ensure the health and well being of students and their families.  The Governor also asked that each school district and its staff provide a remote learning plan for students to continue to make reasonable academic gains throughout the remainder of the 2019/20 school year.  

Cedar Springs Public Schools will continue to foster our dynamic community of learners, who inspire and support one another, to exceed their potential. As you can imagine, this is complex work.  It will take time. An opportunity of this magnitude has never been faced before in the history of our great country. Students, parents, and CSPS staff are all going to need to be “learners” to accomplish our mission. Specific details around these plans will be shared as soon as possible. 

Our remote learning plan will support our students emotionally and academically.  How our students are feeling during these challenging times is as important, if not more important than what they are learning.  Cedar Springs Public Schools is working with the other 19 districts within Kent ISD to provide engaging materials to support academic growth and the social/emotional welfare for each of our students.

We know you may have other questions regarding your students’ education. Here is a list of responses to common questions that have been raised by parents so far:

Retrieving Personal Items/Medication from desks/lockers:

If there are essential medications that must be recovered immediately, please send an email to cspstogether@csredhawks.org or call 616-696-0464.  We will be sharing our plan for students to collect other personal items in the near future.

Food Distribution: 

Cedar Springs Public Schools, Creative Technologies Academy, KISD Regional Program locations, and several local agencies will continue to partner to support our students by providing them with breakfast and lunch while schools are closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The only requirement to receive a free breakfast and lunch is that students must be age 18 or younger (26 or younger with an active IEP). Please visit our website csredhawks.org to sign up for meals.

Graduation:  We expect all students who were on track to meet all state and district requirements to graduate successfully. We are going to do everything possible to ensure that our seniors experience graduation. For those who are not on track to graduate, we will provide further information when it becomes available.

Standardized Assessments:  MSTEP, PSAT, and SAT tests were waived as a result of the crisis and school closings across our state and the nation.  College Board will provide guidance for AP students regarding test-at-home options.  

Athletics/Extracurricular Activities:  All of these activities will be suspended for the remainder of the school year as requested by the Governor in her executive order. We would encourage you to support your student to maintain their interest and preparedness for these activities when they resume.  

Questions/Information: 

If you have further questions regarding school-related issues, please visit our website at csredhawks.org, send an email to cspstogether@csredhawks.org or call 616-696-0464. If you have further questions regarding COVID-19, please visit our web page for links to local, state and national guidance.

Please know our staff has been working nonstop to develop remote learning plans designed to engage students and our families in learning activities. Working together, teachers, support staff and parents will continue our students with engaging learning experiences during these unprecedented times.  

Thank you in advance for your time. We could not do this vital work without your willingness to partner with us. 

We can. We will. We are. Together.

With respect and appreciation,

Scott Smith, Superintendent of Schools

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