In our ongoing effort to provide updated information to our Forest Hills community, we have created this page to address questions we are receiving, and for the sharing of information, guidance, and resources. Please remember that information is changing rapidly. If you have immediate health concerns, you are asked to call your primary care physician or the Kent County Health Department, 616-632-7100. Everyone can do their part to help and be supportive during this uncertain time. Children take their cues from adults. By upholding the district’s guiding principles of caring, collaboration, open communication, respect, and trust, we are confident that we will get through this together, as a community. We appreciate your cooperation and trust as we proactively work together for everyone’s safety.
Video Messages from the Superintendent
May 29, 2020: In this episode, we are sharing the Forest Hills Public Schools Foundation State of the District Update and information about an important survey that will be going out to FHPS parents the week of June 1, 2020.
May 22, 2020: In this edition of the Forest Hills Forecast, Superintendent Behm shares information about commencement, summer programs, the future of school, retrieval of belongings in school buildings, and summer food distribution.
May 15, 2020: This is an introductory video by FHPS Superintendent Dan Behm about upcoming weekly videos that will provide a transparent window on our best thinking on the myriad of issues the district is working through to get students back to our classrooms.
Updated Info./Discussions About Fall of 2020
May 26, 2020: “School officials join legislators calling for federal help with pandemic-induced state budget shortfalls” by School News Network
May 22, 2020: “Superintendents face massive budget cuts that would dwarf those in the Great Recession” by School News Network
May 8, 2020: An article titled, “School leaders working together to plan for fall and beyond” appeared in School News Network and gave an overview of the very initial stages happening at Kent Intermediate School District and there is a committee made up of area superintendents looking into numerous options.
Questions the District Received about COVID-19 between March 13 and April 30
- What This Chart Actually Means for COVID-19
- COVID-19 The Truth Behind Flattening the Curve
- COVID 19 when will it get better?
- Items Needed by Area Hospitals and Health Care Agencies: Donation Lists
- FHPS Infection Control Measures
- Reminders of When to Keep a Child Home from School
- Kent County Health Department
- CDC Coronavirus Situation Summary
- Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Map
- Michigan.gov Coronavirus Update
- Spectrum Health: Handwashing Reminders and Protocol
- FHPS Continuity of Learning Plan
- Student WiFi Locations
Previous messages from the district about the coronavirus
Unfortunately, all summer 2020 enrichment programs operated through the Forest Hills Community Services department have been canceled. This includes FHPS Summerstock Theater and all aquatic programs.
Our world has changed significantly due to COVID-19. Everyone’s reality at home is now different. As a result, now more than ever, it is critical to take care of your mental health. Please remember that you are not alone; there are people in your school community to help. FHPS has created a web page full […]
Dear Forest Hills Families, Here is some updated information on a few topics; meal distribution, Chromebook device distribution, and the district’s transition from supplemental learning to ongoing, remote learning. Meal Distribution The district will continue with breakfast and lunch meal distribution through June 2 for all students age 18 and under as well as students […]
Dear Forest Hills Families, I share the following sensitive information in hopes that parents and loved ones of our students will be able to process and share this information with your children in a manner that you see fit. I am hearing from multiple sources that the governor will issue an Executive Order (likely on […]
COVID-19 Update: Stay-at-Home Order, Meal Distribution Updates, Tech., Goodwillie, Kindergarten Info.
Dear Forest Hills Families, Thank you for your continued support and partnership as we all adapt to this unique and oftentimes challenging reality. Here is some updated information on a variety of topics: Stay at Home – Stay Safe Order – The State of Michigan issued an order directing all residents to stay in their […]
Dear FHPS Families: Thank you for your support and patience as we continue to work collectively to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Here are a few updates: Thank you to our food service team; we distributed meals today at lunchtime to support 640 young people over the next several days! We will distribute more this evening. FHPS […]
Dear Forest Hills Families: Although school is closed for several weeks, we are providing families with an opportunity to borrow a Chromebook device if one is not available in your home. Our intent is to make the device request and pick up process as simple as possible. The following are the locations and times for […]
Forest Hills Families: Although school is closed for several weeks, we are providing families with an opportunity to pick up free breakfast and lunch meals for all students and children. Our intent is to make the meal pick up process as simple as possible. Following are the locations and times for meal pick up. Central […]