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CSPS school news

Letter from the Superintendent         

Scott Smith, Superintendent of Schools

On April 2, Governor Whitmer ordered schools in Michigan to close for the remainder of the school year. While our buildings are closed, the school year is not over.  Cedar Springs Public Schools remains committed to our primary focus.  Our mission is to foster our dynamic community of learners, who inspire and support one another, to exceed their potential. Our task is to create remote learning plans to engage our students in all grades for the remainder of the 2019/20 school year.  

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 plans 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.

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.

Holly Haywood helping to provide food for students in need.

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.  


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 is literally working around the clock to develop remote learning plans designed to engage students and our families in learning activities. Working together, teachers, support staff and parents will do everything we can to support our students with engaging learning experiences during these unprecedented times.  

We can. We will. 

We are. Together.

With respect and appreciation,

Scott Smith, Superintendent of Schools

Board of Education Meeting

A Regular Meeting of the Board of Education will take place on April 13, 2020 will start at 6:45 p.m. Executive Order 2020-21 prohibits all public gatherings of any number of people until after April 13, 2020. This requires the Cedar Springs Public School Board to meet electronically.  Check out www.csredhawks.org for details.

Election Update

The Cedar Springs Public Schools Board of Education passed a resolution during a special meeting on Friday, March 20 to postpone the school bond election scheduled for May 5, 2020.  In light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our community, the Board determined that it was not the right time to ask our community to vote on such a significant issue. Their decision to postpone the election was out of respect to the current degree of health and financial uncertainty in our community. The District is taking steps to get the bond question added to the ballot for the primary election on August 4, 2020.

Internet Resources

Internet at Home:
Comcast – visit www.internetessentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376
At&T – visit www.att.com
Spectrum Internet Assist – www.spectrum.com

Public Libraries: Cedar Springs Public Library and various KDL Libraries parking lots.  Be sure to stay in your vehicle.

School building parking lots:  Cedar Springs Public Schools – See www.csredhawks.org for details.

CSPS Mental Health Team

The Cedar Springs Mental Health Team has newsletters and information on Mental Health and Coping during the Coronavirus.  Visit www.csredhawks.org for the latest issue.

Cedar Springs Public Schools District Office

The Cedar Springs District Offices will be closed for walk-in services.  Staff will be available by phone, email and by appointment as needed.   All enrollment appointments, including for 2020-21 kindergarten are postponed.  If you have any questions, please contact 616-696-1204.

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