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Grand Rapids Public Schools provide information on meal pickup and student studies during closure


By Sarah Downey | Mar 18, 2020

Ron Gorman, PhD, Interim Superintendent of Schools | Grand Rapids Public Schools

With schools closed amid the coronavirus outbreak, several locations in Grand Rapids will serve as grab-and-go student meal sites.

According to a news release from the Grand Rapids Public Schools, the breakfast-lunch combination meals are being made available to Grand Rapids Public School students, as well as any public school student who meets the criteria. The nutrition stations are scheduled to be open Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for students 18 years old and younger and students 18 to 26 with disabilities who have an an active individual education program (IEP).

The eight meal sites are: New Faith Temple in Grand Rapids, San Juan Diego Academy in Wyoming, Creston Plaza Apartments in Grand Rapids, Campau Commons Apartments in Grand Rapids, Hope Academy in Grand Rapids, Sibley Elementary in Grand Rapids, Ottawa Hills High School in Grand Rapids and Walnut Grove Apartments in Grand Rapids.

In addition, the district has provided guidelines for student academic activity during the closure, which is currently scheduled through April 12. A letter from Ron Gorman, PhD, Interim Superintendent of Schools, on states that Comcast, Charter Spectrum and AT&T will provide free internet access during the closure.

For families without online access, the Grand Rapids Academic Summer Program (GRASP) print materials can be picked up at the Sibley Elementary and Ottawa Hills High School nutrition sites, which are open Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. GRASP activities include math and reading resources for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. 

A full list of optional online enrichment resources, organized by grade and subject, can be accessed at Grand Rapids Public Schools Online Learning Resources.

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