11/20: new cases have been reported on the COVID Dashboard

Zinser News
November 13

Zinser Elementary News November 13


Important Information:

COVID Update: Families, please know that not only are we monitoring positive cases and potential spread as a district, we are also watching it very closely at Zinser Elementary. After a busy week last week and keeping a close eye on our numbers, things did slow down this week which is great news, with very limited additional quarantining. Also, there continues to be no concrete evidence of it spreading at school.

Please continue to be careful and honest with your child’s wellness each day. Thank you for staying patient and understanding with us as we sort out contact tracing to the best of our abilities after a positive test result. A big thank you to Nurse Courtney for her many hours of work doing the best she can to figure out these challenging situations.

The daily screening tool is more important than ever given the increased number of COVID cases in our community. If your child is quarantined, we still need and expect you to complete the screener! On Wednesday, 67% of students and staff completed the electronic screening tool. We were hitting 85% completion each day for the first several weeks of using the tool. Thank you for those consistently using this tool, and please reach out to our office with issues or concerns.

Wednesday was Veteran’s Day!

Since we aren’t able to have our annual Veteran’s Day field trip to the American Legion Post 1111, the post invited us and our students to learn with them virtually this year about The American Flag! They created a 10-minute clip to teach students about Flag Etiquette. Students learned what each part of the flag means, how to display the flag, trivia about the flag and its history, and how to fold the flag. The students loved the video! They were especially interested in the meaning of the three colors and what each of the folds of the flag meant. We also had a True Success (Character Building program) lesson on "Gratitude for Veterans" on Wednesday, which tied in nicely. They each made a "Gratitude" sign for a veteran that we will be sending to the local Veteran's Home. We are Kids Who Care!

Zinser Virtual Music Concert!

You probably already know that we are planning a Virtual Music Concert this year! We are making music in various, new creative ways! You will want to check it out for sure!

We will put it on Canvas as an unlisted YouTube link. This allows for safety, but you will be able to share it with Grandparents and contacts who you approve of! Only those with the link will be able to see it.

During the weeks of Nov. 30 - Dec. 5. and Dec. 7 - Dec. 11 please have your music student wear Red, Green, Santa Hats, Reindeer Antlers, Elf Hats, etc. or have items at school to incorporate into our fun virtual music concert taping days!

If you have any questions please let me know! Thank you for helping our kids celebrate their Winter Concert Covid Style!
Health and Happiness to you!!!
Ms. My. Alpine and Zinser
Miss. Smith GVSU Teacher Assistant

Keep Your Child Home or Report to School?

Using the Kent County Health Department’s expectations, here is important information from Nurse Courtney about when to send the child to school or keep them home during COVID:

  • Students should stay home and be evaluated by a physician if they meet any of the criteria below: a new cough or fever OR lost of smell or taste - OR if a student has TWO of the following symptoms:
  • Chills, headache, extreme tiredness, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, body aches, nausea/vomiting or diarrhea, or shortness of breath.
  • If the student has only one of the symptoms listed in the later list, they are okay to come to school unless other symptoms develop.
  • Siblings of a sick student can continue going to school unless a COVID test is ordered for the sick sibling.
  • If someone in the household has a pending COVID test, all members need to stay home until the test results are back.
  • If a student was in contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19, they must quarantine for 14 days even if they remain asymptomatic or have a negative COVID test.
  • Call our office or Nurse Courtney with any questions of course!


With the holidays approaching, you can shop online and help support our school! We also wanted to share that we will once again be using SchoolStore.com as a program to shop online so students can earn a prize, and help earn money for classroom supplies. Information was sent home, get that holiday shopping started and use SchoolStore.com!

We are excited to announce the return of our KH Ski and Snowboard Club!

Passes can be purchased for you and your family at a discounted price (50% off regular lift ticket prices).
NEW FOR THIS YEAR: ONLINE PURCHASE AVAILABLE! Punch cards are available to purchase at www.cannonsburg.com.
Forms are available in the office if you prefer to pay via check or cash.


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