*We will continue to update this page as changes are announced*

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UPDATE: March 23, 2020 – 5 PM.

Dear parents and guardians, 

We received notice this morning that the governor has extended the school closure mandate until Monday, April 13, in accordance with the Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order. She noted that more information regarding school closure will be forthcoming. This has not changed our plan to return to school on April 13 due to spring break the week prior.

Information is rapidly changing and we are taking this mandate from the governor very seriously. The school meal program is considered an essential task of the government mandate, which means we will continue to distribute meals as planned with extra safety precautions. 

Teachers and staff have been asked to make contact with all of our families throughout this time. If you have not heard from your teacher, please reach out to one of us directly. We want to know how you are doing and offer any help that we can. Teachers will continue to send out messages and/or emails or post on Facebook with optional learning opportunities. 

Today, more than ever, it is important that we stay connected with one another regarding important updates. Our school community is dedicated to keeping you informed about the updates and actions we are taking during this time of uncertainty. Please have patience with us, as information is changing minute-by-minute, day-by-day. We promise to keep communication lines open through emails. 

We are here for you. 

Thank you for your continued support and communication during this time. 

Sincerely, 

Kerri Barrett & Alan Bosker

West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science

UPDATE: March 23, 2020 – 9:15 AM.

Teachers have reached out through various communication tools to share optional activities for your students to keep their brains engaged. Elementary is utilizing class dojo. Secondary has shared resources through email, Class Dojo  and Google Classroom.

Ms. Holly and Mr. Shawn have each created a website. Follow the links below to check them out!

Have you seen our Facebook page recently!? Teachers are on there each week day reading to our school community. WE LOVE READING!

UPDATE: March 16, 2020 – 1 PM.
Parent Letter

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

This letter addresses three things:

  • Our current plan
  • Information from our health department if you or someone you have been in close contact tests positive for COVID-19
  • Resources for talking to child(ren) about COVID-19
  • Spring Break Dates

The safety and health of our West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science community, including our students, staff, and families is always of the utmost importance to us. 

We have been in touch with the health department and there are confirmed cases in our area, but as far as we know, none of our students or employees have tested positive for COVID-19 as of 3/15/2020.  If we learn of a confirmed case, we will let you know as soon as possible. 

Although school is closed for several weeks, we are providing families with an opportunity to pick up free breakfast and lunch meals for all children age 18 and under.  Our intent is to make the meal pick up process as simple as possible. Meals can be picked up by driving into the elementary drop off lane and meals will be brought to you.  We will be providing meals during the mandated closure on:

Mondays from 10am-12pm (includes breakfast and lunch for Monday and Tuesday)

Wednesdays from 10am -12pm (Includes breakfast and lunch for Weds, Thurs. and Fri)

*If you receive Walker Feeds Kids bags, they will be available on Thursdays from 10am -12pm*

Because the situation is complex and evolving, our plans may change. If they do, we’ll let you know. 

Please note, as you receive opportunities to continue to learn from teachers, please remember these ideas are supplemental to student learning and are designed to prevent learning gaps as time progresses. These assignments will not be used for grading or decisions of unit placement when we return to school. They have been created to provide your children with opportunities to feel routine and normalcy during this time of change. 

Spring break:  We were informed yesterday from Kent ISD that spring break will remain unchanged from the original schedule.  Spring break will begin Friday, April 3 (during the ordered closure) until Sunday, April 12. Kent ISD and K-12 school districts are planning to re-open on Monday, April 13 unless the closure is extended by Executive Order.

Please note, our health department asked us to share the following with families: 

If you have come in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, and think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, you should take steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

In order to stop the spread of COVID-19 please:

    • Stay home and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Follow the social distancing suggestion, this includes canceling playdates, meet-ups with family and friends and stay in for meals. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, then dispose of the tissue. When a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work, or school especially when someone is ill.
  • Wash hands for 20 seconds. Washing hands often under clean, running warm water can help prevent the spread of germs. If you cannot wash your hands, use hand sanitizer.

Please take this time to emphasize the seriousness of this situation with your students while also creating the space for kids to talk about their questions, fears, concerns, and ideas. Here are some resources for you to share with your children to help talk about the COVID-19 outbreak: 

Thank you, 

Kerri Barrett & Alan Bosker

West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science

UPDATE: MARCH 14, 2020 – 12:30 PM.
Free Meal Information

Although school is closed for several weeks, we are providing families with an opportunity to access free breakfast and lunch for children under 18 years of age. Our intent is to make the meal distribution process as simple as possible. Our plan:

Mondays from 10am-12pm (includes breakfast and lunch for Monday and Tuesday); Wednesdays from 10am -12pm (Includes breakfast and lunch for Weds, Thurs. and Fri);

*If you receive Walker Feeds Kids bags, they will be available on Thursdays from 10am -12pm*

Because the situation is complex and evolving, our plans may change. If they do, we’ll let you know.

UPDATE: March 13, 2020 – 6 PM.
Family Letter

West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science Family,

At this time, we are following the direction of the governor regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our school will be closed Monday, March 16 until Sunday, April 5 in an attempt to slow the spread of the Coronavirus.

At this time, we are making plans to continue the learning process. We will know more information soon and will communicate with our parents via email, school messenger and Class Dojo. We will keep you posted as we continue to develop our plans for learning, Spring Break and more.

Meals will still be provided at WMAES for families. Following the protocol of our summer food program, essential staff will be preparing sack lunches and breakfasts. Meals can be picked up by driving into the elementary drop off lane and meals will be brought to you. We will be providing meals during the mandated closure on:

  • Mondays from 10am-12pm (includes breakfast and lunch for Monday and Tuesday)
  • Wednesdays from 10am -12pm (Includes breakfast and lunch for Weds, Thurs. and Fri)

*If you receive Walker Feeds Kids bags, they will be available on Thursdays from 10am -12pm*

We have worked with staff to develop learning extensions that you may choose to use with your children during this extended time at home. These learning extensions are supplemental to student learning and are designed to prevent learning gaps as time progresses. These assignments will not be used for decisions of unit placement at the end of the year. They have been created to provide your children opportunities to feel routine and normalcy during this time of change.

Starting Monday, a staff member will reach out to you with suggested and optional learning activities for reading, writing, and mathematics. Elementary will do this utilizing Class Dojo. Secondary will email resources. Included in these activities are suggestions for games, actual games, choice boards, reading lists, writing prompts and much more.

The intent of these learning resources is to create a sense of routine and normalcy for our students. Completing these learning extensions is your choice as a family. From all of us here at WMAES, we wish your family a healthy, happy, and enriching time together over the next three weeks. We look forward to greeting our students and families once Governor Whitmer authorizes our return to school. Information about spring break will be sent as soon as we receive guidance on the subject.

The WMAES building will be closed to the public until further notice. Thank you for your patience during this time as we navigate the situation. Please look for more information from us soon.

Thank you, Kerri Barrett and Alan Bosker West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science

Important update: As of Thursday, March 12 at 11:00 p.m.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that in order to slow the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan, she is ordering the closure of all K-12 school buildings, public, private, and boarding, to students starting Monday, March 16 until Sunday, April 5. School buildings are scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 6.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Q: Is there a way my child can continue learning?

A: We have worked with staff to develop learning extensions that you may choose to use with your children during this extended time at home. These learning extensions are supplemental to student learning and are designed to prevent learning gaps as time progresses. These assignments will not be used for decisions of unit placement at the end of the year. They have been created to provide your children opportunities to feel routine and normalcy during this time of change.

Starting Monday, a staff member will reach out to you with suggested and optional learning activities for reading, writing, and mathematics. Elementary will do this utilizing Class Dojo. Secondary will email resources. Included in these activities are suggestions for games, actual games, choice boards, reading lists, writing prompts and much more.

The intent of these learning resources is to create a sense of routine and normalcy for our students. Completing these learning extensions is your choice as a family. From all of us here at WMAES, we wish your family a healthy, happy, and enriching time together over the next three weeks. We look forward to greeting our students and families once Governor Whitmer authorizes our return to school. Information about spring break will be sent as soon as we receive guidance on the subject.

*Updated 3/13/2020

Q: I’m concerned about providing food for my children, will there be any provided to my child by the school?

A: Although school is closed for several weeks, we are providing families with an opportunity to access free breakfast and lunch for children under 18 years of age. Our intent is to make the meal distribution process as simple as possible. Our plan:

Mondays from 10am-12pm (includes breakfast and lunch for Monday and Tuesday); Wednesdays from 10am -12pm (Includes breakfast and lunch for Weds, Thurs. and Fri); If you receive Walker Feeds Kids bags, they will be available on Thursdays from 10am -12pm*

Because the situation is complex and evolving, our plans may change. If they do, we’ll let you know.

*Updated 3/16/2020

Q: Will anyone be at the school building in case I need to drop off enrollment paperwork or pick up something from my student’s locker?

A: At this time, your school is working to offer times for families. Please keep an eye out for updated information as we know more.

*Updated 3/13/2020

Q: What do I do if I or a family member is sick?

A: According to the CDC, you need to call your doctor:  If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately. Follow the steps in this link:  If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html

For additional questions on monitoring your health, contact your local public health officials (Michigan: 1-517-335-9030)

*Updated 3/13/2020

Q: Are there any restrictions on personal travel?

A: The CDC has indicated travelers returning from (SEE BELOW) specified countries must stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing. It is recommended staff and students utilize the free virtual COVID-19 screening through your healthcare provider,  if you have any concerns you may need to self-quarantine. Please see the CDC travel health notices for an updated list of travel restrictions and guidelines.

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Monaco
  • San Marino
  • Vatican City

*Updated 3/13/2020