KPS: COVID-19 Plans
Administration Building Closing to Public Visitors
(Copies of the initial closure announcement in Spanish, French, Arabic, Kinyarwanda, and Kiswahili are attached to the bottom of this story as PDFs.)
UPDATE: MARCH 20
For the health and well-being of our employees, effective Monday, March 23, the Kalamazoo Public Schools Administration Building, 1220 Howard St., will be closed to the public. This will reduce our employees’ potential exposure to Coronavirus. Central office personnel will be working and answering calls 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Letters of Intent or other items may be dropped off in the mail slot next to the side entrance of the Administration Building. Anyone with a pre-scheduled appointment should confirm the appointment in advance. For general questions, please call (269) 337-0100.
Kalamazoo Public Schools has launched plans to address the state-mandated school closure announced March 12 by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
To slow the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19, Whitmer ordered the closure of all K-12 school buildings to students starting Monday, March 16, and continuing through Sunday, April 5. Additionally, KPS schools will be closed for its previously scheduled spring break, April 6 through April 12. At this time, school is scheduled to resume on April 13.
KPS has instituted a number of programs and procedures to maintain critical district functions and services and to ensure the safety and well-being of our students, their families, and our staff. These include:
•All KPS buildings will be closed to students, staff, and outside visitors (except for custodians). All programming and building rentals have been suspended. Key fobs will be temporarily disabled. For the safety, security and health of the community and our staff, no one should be in KPS school buildings during this period. The KPS Administration Building, Community Education Center, and West Main Professional Development Center will remain open.
• At the recommendation of Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services, after the buildings have been vacated for at least 48 hours, custodial crews will work on cleaning and sanitizing all facilities. Buses are also scheduled to be cleaned.
• KPS instituted a variation of its Summer Feeding Program and the Grab and Go Meal service on Monday, March 16. Chartwells, which provides KPS food service, is coordinating with state regulator.
Food Distribution Sites and Times:
(Monday, Wednesday and Friday)
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at all Kalamazoo Public Schools school buildings except Greenwood, Indian Prairie and Winchell elementary schools, the Alternative Learning Program/ALP, and South Westnedge School.
11:30 a.m.-Noon - Interfaith, 1037 Interfaith Blvd.
11:30 a.m.-Noon - Eastside Neighborhood Association, 1301 E. Main St.
12:30-1 p.m. - Fox Ridge Apartments, 1320 Fox Ridge Dr.
12:30- 1 p.m. New Village Park, 2500 St. Albans Way
For more information, contact Chartwells/KPS Food Service: (269) 337-0458
• KPS Teaching and Learning Services staff to created The Learning Hub, to provide online resources and lessons for students. They also created instructional packets that are being distributed at food sites. https://sites.google.com/kalamazoopublicschools.net/kpslearninghub/home
• Kalamazoo Public Schools will pay hourly, 10-month employees during this period. Twelve-month employees will continue to work during the closure.
Michigan K-12 schools were closed to allow for cleaning but also to limit close personal contact between individuals. We encourage our students, families, and staff to limit large-group activities and to follow these protective health measures to prevent the spread of illnesses:
•Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
• Avoid contact with people who are sick.
• If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.
Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.
For more information about KPS programs and plans, check our website at kalamazoopublicschools.com and our Facebook page.
KPS Coronavirus Information:
KPS Launches The Learning Hub with Online Resources for Students
KPS Sets Up Emergency Food Distribution Network
Governor Closes All K-12 Schools
Coronavirus: KPS Steps Up Cleaning Measures
Health Department Issues Coronavirus Update
CDCLearn more about COVID-19 from the CDC
Michigan.govMichigan updates on Coronavirus