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Message to Parents from the Kent County Health Department

Message to Parents from the Kent County Health Department

March 27, 2020

Dear Parents,

As week two of off-campus learning comes to an end, I wanted to thank you and your children for your flexibility and willingness to engage in new ways of doing education. I also wanted to thank those of you who have expressed gratitude and support to our teachers, staff, and administration. Your emails, Facebook messages, and other words of encouragement have brought smiles to our faces and lifted us up as we continue to do all we can for our students.

Grand Rapids Christian Schools remains in frequent communication with KISD and the Kent County Health Department during this difficult time. The Health Department is very diligent in their contact investigation and surveillance.  Since school has not been in session for fourteen days, the Kent County Health Department has informed us that the likelihood that your child was exposed to COVID-19 in the school setting is extremely low. 

While we do not know of any positive COVID-19 cases in our GRCS community, as the number of people who test positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) begins to climb in Kent County, we may have students, staff, and family members who will be among those infected by COVID-19. The Health Department is responsible for monitoring the incidence of COVID-19 in our community.  Those who test positive are contacted by the Health Department and those people who meet the CDC definition of a close contact are also notified.  

The Health Department staff orients cases and their close contacts about the need for isolation or quarantine.  If someone in our schools would test positive, only a portion of our community would require quarantine. GRCS will not be informing all of our families if one of our students or staff tests positive unless there is a specific reason to do so. We want to respect the confidentiality of each family.  

If you have specific questions or concerns, please reach out to the Health Department at 616.632.7228

It is important for all of us to do our part and comply with the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order. This includes monitoring for symptoms, maintaining a safe distance from other people whenever possible, staying home unless it is essential to go out, and washing hands and surfaces frequently. These steps are good for everyone, whether you have had exposure or not. 

Social distancing and not being in school is difficult for all of us. God created us to live in and desire community.  It is difficult for children and teens to understand why they cannot get together with their friends. Perhaps we should stop calling it social distancing and start calling it physical distancing.

As a school, we are doing all we can to continue your child’s education with off-campus learning. Please take some time, talk to your kids, and for the next few weeks enforce your own physical distancing policy. Teach them that they can help stop the spread of this virus. And remind them that this doesn’t mean social disconnecting. Encourage them to stay connected to friends, teachers, and family members using the technology they love to be on anyway. Empower them to do their part for the sake of our families, our community, our state, our country, and our world.


Tom DeJonge

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Romans 13: 8-10