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Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

May 29, 2020

Dear Parents,

As we enter the last week of quite possibly the most interesting school year known, there are just a few reminders to share.

End of the year pick up
Please reach out to your building principal if you have questions regarding the end of the year pick up of your child’s personal items. This process will take place next week at all of our buildings. For those families that have utilized one of our devices during this time, you will be receiving an email next week regarding device dropoff. Device dropoff will take place on June 8 and 9.

Parade Celebration
We hope you are able to join our ‘reverse’ parade on Friday, June 5, as we celebrate the end of the school year. You will be receiving information from your respective buildings regarding this opportunity for our staff to celebrate the end of the 2019-2020 school year with the students. Please be mindful of our safety expectations and stay in your car. Middle School and High School reverse parades will take place from 11:00 - 11:45 a.m. and the Elementary parades will be from 12:00 - 12:45 p.m.

Summer Programming
Please be reminded that registration for Hudsonville Community Education summer programming opens on June 1. We are hopeful that all classes and camps will take place as scheduled. To view and sign up for the activities we have planned, please visit

Remote Learning Feedback
In an effort to remain proactive regarding returning to school in the fall, we have developed an HPS Return to School Task Force as we know the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to be a reality for months to come. Our priorities will continue to be the safety of our staff and students while providing high levels of instructional engagement to make certain each student makes the academic gains necessary for a successful future.

Here you will find the first of many surveys that will be shared with you in the coming weeks. Today’s survey focuses specifically on the remote learning period we have completed over the past 10 weeks. Your voice and feedback today, and in future surveys are critical to the plans and decisions our Task Force will be making in the next several weeks.

As this pandemic continues to unfold in the coming weeks and months of summer, we will do our absolute best to keep you informed on planning and any next steps as the start of the school year approaches.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Thank you again for supporting our staff and students during this unprecedented journey.


Dr. VanderJagt
Superintendent of Schools

Keep Explanations Age Appropriate

  • Early elementary school children need brief, simple information that should balance COVID-19 facts with appropriate reassurances that their schools and homes are safe and that adults are there to help keep them healthy and to take care of them if they do get sick. Give simple examples of the steps people take every day to stop germs and stay healthy, such as washing hands. Use language such as “adults are working hard to keep you safe.”
  • Upper elementary and early middle school children will be more vocal in asking questions about whether they truly are safe and what will happen if COVID-19 comes to their school or community. They may need assistance separating reality from rumor and fantasy. Discuss efforts of school and community leaders to prevent germs from spreading.
  • Upper middle school and high school students are able to discuss the issue in a more in-depth (adult-like) fashion and can be referred directly to appropriate sources of COVID-19 facts. Provide honest, accurate, and factual information about the current status of COVID-19. Having such knowledge can help them feel a sense of control.

Suggested Points to Emphasize When Talking to Children

  • Adults at home and school are taking care of your health and safety. If you have concerns, please talk to an adult you trust.
  • Not everyone will get the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease. School and health officials are being especially careful to make sure as few people as possible get sick.
  • It is important that all students treat each other with respect and not jump to conclusions about who may or may not have COVID-19.

There are things you can do to stay health and avoid spreading the disease:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water (20 seconds).
  • If you don’t have soap, use hand sanitizer (60–95% alcohol based).
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Dr. Doug VanderJagt

[email protected] Superintendent, District

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