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Coronavirus: KPS Steps Up Cleaning Measures

Canceled/Postponed Events Listed

(Spanish and Arabic versions of this letter and the Coronavirus fact sheet are attached below.)

March 2020

There is a significant amount of information circulating in the media and on social media regarding Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS) is monitoring the situation and following the guidance and expertise of national, state, and local health officials to help protect our students and staff from all communicable diseases.

We encourage all families to take the everyday preventative measures listed below to minimize the spread of communicable diseases. These include:

  Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are unavailable.

  Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

  Stay home when you are sick.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend the use of facemasks for the general public.

KPS is intensifying cleaning practices throughout our buildings and will follow all directions provided by public health officials to prevent and limit the spread of the virus. We will alert students, staff, and parents if we receive any direction from our public health officials related to Coronavirus. Any potential school closing due to illness will be guided by public health officials. While education is important, the health and wellbeing of our students and staff are far more significant.


Gary L. Start
Interim Superintendent

Event Updates

3/12 Global Reading Challenge at the Kalamazoo Public Library - Canceled

First grade visits to Kalamazoo Public Library - Canceled 

All Kalamazoo Public Library programming has been canceled until further notice. 

3/13-3/14 KAMSC Sci-Fi Film Festival and Lock In - Postponed

3/14 Michigan High School Athletic Association has suspended all winter sports events, including boys and girls basketball tournaments, and the state hockey and gymnastics championships scheduled for 3/14/20 and 3/15/20.

3/14 Loy Norrix Forensics - Canceled

3/14-3/15 Boys Basketball Championship at Northeastern - Canceled 

3/14 Mock Trial Regional Competition - Canceled

3/18-3/20  FCCLA State Conference - Postponed

3/18 GVSU Boys Track - Canceled

3/19 GVSU Girls Track - Canceled

3/20 SW MI Science and Engineering Fair - KAMSC event in limbo, because of WMU's closure.

3/21 Loy Norrix Track at Eastern Michigan University Relays - Canceled

3/26 Ceasar Chavez March - Canceled


Read more Coronavirus related posts: 

Health Department Issues Coronavirus Update



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