Bus update for the week of March 1. Service suspended for: #5 – Pine Ridge, #5 – Central Middle/Central High, #6 – Northern Trails, #6 – Northern Middle/Northern High, #74 Knapp Forest, #74 – Eastern Middle/Eastern High, #75 – Central Woodlands, #75 – Central Middle/Central High. Service resumes for: #40 – Northern Trails, #40 – Northern Middle/Northern High, #65 – Thornapple, #65 – Central Middle/Central High, #72 – Knapp Forest, #72 – Eastern Middle/Eastern High, #93 – Pine Ridge, #93 – Northern Middle/Northern High.
- Allergy, Asthma, and Seizure Action Plans
- Enrollment Forms and Information
- School Closing Information
- Board Policy 5207 – Anti-Bullying Policy
- Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy
- FHPS Student Handbooks
- FHPS Course Description Guides
- Annual Education Reports
- FHPS Volunteer Consent Form
- Section 504 Grievance Guidelines
- Required Legal Notices
- Operations – Facilities Use Form
Providing Emergency Information
It is very important that the emergency phone numbers and contacts be current in the event that we cannot reach you. In addition to accident or injury, it is important that you have a designated person or network available for your child in cases of early school closings or inclement weather.
If your child has a medical condition i.e., diabetes, epilepsy, asthma, acute allergies (food, insect bites, animals), or physical disability, please inform the nurse, teacher, or school secretary to insure a safe, healthy school environment.
Student Insurance Coverage
Forest Hills Public Schools is providing student medical insurance coverage for any student injured at school or during a school-related activity including athletics.
The offered coverage is secondary to any student or family medical insurance.
In effect, the District’s medical insurance will cover medical costs for school-related injuries that are not covered by the family’s medical insurance as long as the injury falls within the range of coverage.
There is no longer a need for an athlete to purchase medical coverage. All athletes are covered under this program.
If a family wishes to improve upon the district’s plan, additional options are available for individual purchase.
24-Hour Accident Coverage ($25,000 maximum) $220.00
Extends the coverage to 24 hours per day, seven days per week, for all accidental injuries. Such injuries do not have to be school-related.
24-Hour Dental Accident Coverage $15.00
Provides 24-hour coverage for dental injuries for students. Such injuries do not have to be school-related. This coverage can only be purchased in conjunction with the 24-Hour accident coverage.
These are especially valuable to parents or guardians without medical coverage or to those with limited coverage. As a supplemental policy, it pays the first $100 of medical costs before filing on other policies. Those items not covered by other insurance will be paid within the coverage limits.
Student Medication Procedure
For the safety of your children, Forest Hills has a medication/treatment procedure (see your school secretary for this form), which requires signatures from both the health care provider and one parent BEFORE any medication (including over the counter) or treatment may be administered by authorized school personnel. This includes when permitted, medication self-administered by the student and any emergency medications (epi-pens, inhalers, etc.). If at any time you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s health or safety, please contact our district nurse at (616) 493-8870.
Please Call in Absences
Keep children home when ill. Individuals should be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications (Ibuprofen or Tylenol).
The safety and welfare of all our students require that a parent or guardian call the school office on any day a child is absent. Procedures for reporting student absences are basically the same at all Forest Hills schools.
If your child is absent from school, please call the school office to explain the reason for the absence. Parents must provide an explanation for their child’s absence no later than 9:30 a.m. on the day of the absence. They are to call the Attendance Office at their school and explain the reason for the absence.
If your child will be absent from school for any reason other than illness, call the school office to make arrangements in advance.
On any day that your child is absent from school and no call is received to explain the absence, you will be called by the school.
Your cooperation in using these attendance-reporting procedures will be greatly appreciated.
Two telephone hotline numbers make it possible to report any suspicion of a potentially violent incident on any Forest Hills Public Schools property or at any school-related activity. This is one of many suggestions made by the Safety Task Force to prevent a violent incident in our schools. In order to encourage people with critical information to use the hotline, callers will remain anonymous. The hotlines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Central High School: (616) 493-8701
Northern High School: (616) 493-8668
Problems or Concerns?
If you have questions or concerns about a situation at your child’s school, please follow this course of action:
- First, discuss your question or concern with your child’s teacher.
- If you feel you have not received a satisfactory answer or solution, contact the school principal.
- If the principal does not resolve the matter to your satisfaction, the next step is a meeting with one of the assistant superintendents and then the superintendent.
- The final step, if necessary, is to request an appearance before the Board of Education. If you wish to address the Board, you must notify the superintendent in writing at least five days before the Board is scheduled to meet. Your letter must also describe the problem or concern you wish to discuss. By following this procedure, your questions and concerns about school-related matters can and will be resolved.