5/6/21: new cases have been reported on the COVID dashboard.

Information HUB

2020-21 Information Hub

The 2020-21 school year has been full of surprises and changes. This page will share the most recent updates and changes, as we adjust to COVID-19 and the safety precautions we are making throughout our school community.

Message from the Superintendent: April 30, 2021

Dear Knights:

It is hard to believe that next week begins our last full month of this school year! On one hand, it feels like the start of this school year was an eternity ago. On the other hand, I cannot believe there are only 27 days remaining in this school year. Your patience, understanding, and grace as we have navigated the challenges of holding school in-person during a pandemic has been inspirational.

Thank you for the many notes of appreciation and encouragement that you have shown our staff. Like you, the Kenowa Hills staff are weary. Know that their drive to persevere comes from the joy they receive from working with your child(ren).

With next week being “Teacher Appreciation Week,” I encourage you to send a note to an educator who has made a difference in your student’s life. At Kenowa Hills, we believe all of our staff positively impact the lives of students, so please join me in recognizing and lifting up our bus drivers, custodians, food service personnel, paraprofessionals, secretaries, coaches, certified staff, administrators and central office staff. I know I am biased, but the Kenowa Hills staff is second to none. Their resolve under incredible adversity has been extraordinary!

Evidence of our collective resolve can be found by looking at the most recent surge in positive COVID cases. The Kent County rolling 7-day positivity rate dropped to to 13% after a high of over 16.5% two weeks ago. Moreover, our 14-day community incidence rate continues to be one of the lowest in the county and is significantly lower than the county average. I cannot thank you enough for your efforts and actions to follow the safety precautions as it is clear they are making a difference.

Within our schools, we currently have 20 individuals (18 students, 2 staff) who are isolating as a result of testing positive for COVID-19 and 89 individuals (85 students, 4 staff) who are quarantining due to contact tracing. The number of positive cases in our schools and the resulting number of quarantines are updated daily on our COVID-19 Dashboard.

We are optimistic the number of students and staff needing to isolate or be quarantined will decrease as the number of positive cases within the county decline. Another positive step toward improvement is the Kent County Health Department has decreased the quarantine period to 10 days. Any person who was under a 14-day quarantine will be able to return after 10 days of quarantine if they are symptom-free.

Although school transmission of COVID-19 is rare, one change we are noticing is that entire households are contracting the virus. As such, I encourage you to tighten your social circles and wear face coverings whenever you are with individuals who are not part of your household.

We appreciate your trust and partnership in meeting the academic, social, and emotional needs of your child(ren). As we step into our final month of school, please join me next week in celebrating the critical role that our KHPS educators play in making this a reality.


Gerald Hopkins

The USDA has approved free meals to all children ages 0-18 through the end of the 2020-21 school year! Whether attending in person or virtually as part of our Kenowa Hills Online Learning Academy (KHOLA), all students have access to a free breakfast and lunch every school day. Breakfast and lunch service will be offered at all school sites where face-to-face learning is taking place.

Click here to access Food Service and Menu Information

Screening for Face-to-Face Students
All students attending in person must be screened prior to school every day. Parents/Guardians will receive either a text message or email at 5:30am on each school day as a reminder to complete the very simple screener when your child awakes. The electronic screening tool can be completed until 8:30am. Unfortunately, we are unable to change the time of the screening period at this point; however, we are hopeful that we will be able to customize this in the near future. The tool is designed to quickly and accurately identify anybody who should not enter our buildings either because they are experiencing symptoms, or have been in contact with a known case of COVID-19. Please contact the school once the office opens if the screener instructs you to do so. It is imperative parents complete the screener for each of their students every school day prior to coming to school. The daily electronic screener does not need to be completed if your child is not coming to school that day. Thank you for your cooperation and support in completing this daily requirement.

Face Coverings

Thank you for helping your students get accustomed to wearing a mask and supporting us with this very important safety requirement. Although we are providing cloth masks, students can wear any cloth mask (except bandanas) as long as it is appropriate for the school setting and is not a distraction to teaching and learning. As a reminder, all cloth masks should be hand washed or laundered after each use.

School Nurses

Feel free to call the school nurse if you have any questions about symptoms your student is experiencing. We are extremely grateful to have school nurses available to care for students who have minor medical needs. The nurses will also be able to administer a COVID test with written parent consent. Contact information is below and you can click here for more information and school nurse bios:

Alpine Elementary
Rachael Boafu (Primary)
Jessica Spitters (Alternate)

Central Elementary
Alex Corbett (M/F)
Kathy Demeester (Tu/W/Th)
Jordan Meagher (Alternate)

Zinser Elementary
Courtney Ellens (Primary)
Makayla Myszka (Alternate)

Middle School
Shelby Gotaas (M)
Jesseca Schrader (Tu/W)
Lauren Dekruyter (Th/F)

High School
Quinn McGill (Primary)
Trevor Baird (Alternate)


The USDA has approved free meals to all children ages 0-18 through the end of the 2020-21 school year! Whether attending in person or virtually as part of our Kenowa Hills Online Learning Academy (KHOLA), all students have access to a free breakfast and lunch every school day. Breakfast and lunch service will be offered at all school sites where face-to-face learning is taking place.

KHOLA Weekly Meal Boxes
Click here to access the Weekly Order Form for the Meal Kits. Orders are due by 12:00 PM on Friday, the week before the scheduled meal pickup time. Meal Kit pick up will be Wednesday’s from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM at the Field House entrance of the High School.

As a reminder:

  • Meal kits contain 6 breakfasts and 6 lunches
  • Meals kits are provided at NO COST
  • You are able to order additional boxes for children ages 0-18 in your family that are not enrolled in KHOLA.
  • Kenowa students enrolled in Face-to-Face learning are not eligible for Meal Kits
  • The menu for the week is listed on the Order Form. Menu items are subject to change based on availability, but we will do everything we can to provide what is listed each week.

We are still offering daily meal pick up through Tuesday, September 29th from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Field House entrance of the high school.



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