For the health and safety of the Grand Valley community, remote academic instruction will continue through April 25. The Admissions office is available to answer calls Mon.-Fri. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 616-331-2025 or 1-800-748-0246 or email email@example.com. Additional instructions and updates at www.gvsu.edu/coronavirus
Handling Coronavirus News
March 12, 2020
On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, it was announced that two individuals tested presumptive positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the first confirmed cases in the Michigan.
As federal, state, and local public health officials take steps to mitigate the spread of the virus, board members and school leaders can take some reasonable precautions to protect staff and students, and help keep students engaged in learning. These include:
Stay informed. The state emergency operations
center has been activated to allow state, local, and federal
agencies to coordinate statewide readiness and communications
related to the virus. The most current information is available at:
School leaders should read and follow the most up-to-date
guidance issued for schools posted on this site.
- Be connected locally. School leaders should ensure that their contacts at their local health department are current. Decisions like whether to ask a student or staff member to stay home, or whether to close school for some time, will most likely be made on a case-by-case basis in coordination with your local health department. Be proactive and make sure you know who to talk to and when.
Review policies. Boards members, in coordination
with school leadership and legal counsel or their policy update
services, may wish to review emergency operations plans and policies
related to communicable diseases. Ensure that policies are
up-to-date and your school is prepared to implement them with
Remain prepared to govern. Board members and school
leaders should be prepared in the event that boards are unable to
meet or a quorum cannot be achieved. “Virtual” participation in
board meetings is not permitted at this time--a board member must be
physically present to be able to vote at a meeting or have his or
her presence counted for the purposes of a quorum. In-person GVSU
School Consultant participation will be limited due to university
restrictions. However, board members:
- Should prepare for the potential of longer than usual meetings to ensure that all needed actions are taken.
- Can and should continue to be engaged by receiving information about their school’s academic, organizational, fiscal, and health and safety condition outside of meetings.
- Should be cautious about engaging in discussion, deliberation,
or coming to a consensus while receiving updates to prevent an
inadvertent violation of the Open Meetings Act.
- Plan for learning. The possibility could exist that the ability of students to come to your school will be disrupted. School leaders and teachers are encouraged to plan for how student learning could continue at home if this disruption occurs. This type of planning will also be helpful for events like snowstorms, facilities issues, or other widespread illnesses that occur from time to time. The CSO School Support Team is a resource to help prepare for this.