ZPS is Ready for Both Students to Return to the Classroom, and Students to Attend Virtually
Zeeland Public Schools has announced its plan to return to in-person learning starting September 1, with a virtual option for families who wish to do this. ZPS plans to follow the state’s Safe Schools Roadmap, meaning that this plan is in effect so long as Michigan is in phases 4, 5 or 6 of the Safe Start Plan. As of publication, Michigan is in phase 4.
It is highly probable that ZPS will open this fall for In-Person education. To do so, Michigan must remain at Phase 4 or higher (scale is 1 – 6) and our District Preparedness Plan must match the Michigan Safe Schools Roadmap.
In a letter to parents and the community, Zeeland Public Schools Superintendent Calvin De Kuiper shared openly how over 100 ZPS staff has been working hard over the summer to pore over parent feedback, attend countless meetings and webinars, and work closely with Ottawa County Health Department to make decisions.
“We are making long-term contingency plans for every imaginable forecast, depending on how the world around us changes,” explains De Kuiper. “All of our plans seek ways to focus on the relational side of school. It is the teacher / student relationship, the student / student relationship, and non-classroom activities that make education special.”