District News

March 12, 2020
COVID-19

COVID-19

A Message from the Superintendent
Watch a video message from Superintendent Cal De Kuiper.

 

Academics
Academic information will be posted when available during the week of April 13. 
Optional learning opportunities for Grades Pre K- 5
Optional learning opportunities for Grades 6-12
 

Meal Service
Please note meal service beginning the week of April 6-10 is changing to Monday and Thursday. 

ZPS will host 27 locations to provide meals to community members ages 18 and under. Routes will run every Monday and Thursday. Please note parents can pick up meals for children and children do not need to be present to receive food. Children do not need to be ZPS students to receive food. This service is open to all families in our community. If your child has a food allergy, please email foodservice@zps.org for full assistance. 

With all locations, we ask that participants engage in social distancing and practice proper hygiene before and after meal service pick up.  

Please look for the ZPS school bus every Monday and Thursday:

  • Borculo Christian School 3:00 - 3:30 pm
  • Borculo Express Store 3:45 - 4:15 pm
  • Imperial Estates at Rhodora Drive 3:00 - 3:30 pm
  • 1st Protestant Ref Church near Hunters Creek 3:45 - 4:15 pm
  • Early Childhood Center 3:00 - 3:30 pm
  • Logan Estates 3:45 - 4:15 pm
  • Lincoln Elementary 3:00 - 3:30 pm
  • Innocademy 3:45 - 4:15 pm
  • Wiersma / Perry Street 3:00 - 3:30 pm
  • Maple Valley Estates @ 88th Street Entrance 3:45 - 4:15
  • Woodbridge Elementary 3:00 - 3:30 pm
  • Black River Apartments at Cul-de-sac 3:45 - 4:15 pm
  • Niekerk CRC  3:00 - 3:30 pm
  • Ottogan Mobile Home park @ office 3:45 - 4:15 pm
  • Drenthe Grove 3:00 - 3:30 pm
  • Vriesland Reformed Church 3:45 - 4:15 pm
  • Lawrence Street Park 3:00 - 3:30 pm
  • SKLD at Madison Court 3:45 - 4:15 pm
  • Drenthe CRC 3:00 - 3:30 pm
  • Oakland CRC 3:45 - 4:15 pm
  • Ottawa Reformed Church  3:00 - 3:30 pm
  • North Blendon Reformed Church 3:45 - 4:15 pm
  • Savannah Lakes Community Center 3:00 - 3:30 pm
  • Melvin / 104th 3:45 - 4:15 pm
  • Beaverdam Fire Station 3:00 - 3:30 pm
  • Family Fare 3:45 - 4:15 pm
  • The Bridge Youth Center 12:00 - 6:00 pm. This site will operate both a walk-up and drive-up service. For those who utilize the drive-up service, please use the parking lot on the east side of the building. Please remain in your car and a volunteer will assist with providing the number of meals needed. Other household supplies may also be available upon request at this location only. 


Additional Resources
Those seeking to make donations or receive distributions of food, non-perishable household items, or clothing are encouraged to utilize Harvest Stand in Zeeland. Please check with Harvest Stand for open hours. 

Hand2Hand, a food program within all ZPS buildings, will be working out of City on a Hill. Food delivery through this program is available by calling 616.283.2645.

Feeding America is scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 from 6-7 pm outdoors at Roosevelt Elementary. Due to the critical importance of this event, we aim to keep this event on as scheduled unless directed otherwise.  

Anyone requiring additional coordination of food and basic need resources can contact Lana Kamer at lkamer@zps.org or by calling 616.283.2645.

 

Mental Health Assistance
If you or someone you know needs mental health assistance during this time, resources are available. If an emergency, please call 911. Other resources include:

Crisis Text Line - Text “HOME” to 741741

Suicide Prevention Online Chat - https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/

Suicide Prevention Lifeline - Call 1-800-273-8255

Visit CrisisChat.org

The Trevor Project: Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

Trevor Lifeline - Call 1-866-488-7386

Trevor Chat - Confidential online instant messaging with a Trevor counselor, available 24-7. Access through a computer, as you may have technical difficulties using a smartphone or tablet. https://www.thetrevorproject.org/

 

For Current COVID-19 Information
With the increased attention toward the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), It is important for our ZPS community to have access to accurate and timely information about this health pandemic.


The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services website is a useful tool for understanding the virus. The site provides details specific to the State of Michigan, how the virus is spread, who is at risk, and how to protect yourself from the virus. Additionally, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has developed a Frequently Asked Questions document  and has other timely information available online. 

Zeeland Public Schools will continue to monitor COVID-19 and will work under the guidance of The Michigan Department of Health and in conjunction with area schools to ensure the safety of everyone in our school community and beyond.

 

 

November 26, 2019
Vision 2020

Bond Proposal Information for 2020

Community Forum Announced for April 21
Learn more about the bond proposal with Superintendent Cal De Kuiper.
Stop by the Howard Miller Community Center on Tuesday, April 21 at your convenience between 8:00 - 10:00 am or 5:30 - 7:00 pm to learn more or have your questions answered!

 

February 27, 2020

millage photomillage details

January 20, 2020

The Board of Education voted unanimously to place a $136M bond proposal, with no expected tax rate increase, on the May 5, 2020 ballot.


Read the Holland Sentinel article

Read the results of the Community Survey.  The survey includes 599 responses.

January 13, 2020

Community survey
Survey is now closed. See results above.

November 26

Zeeland Public Schools is proud of the continued growth across the district. Over the last eight years, ZPS enrollment has climbed by nearly 800 students! To understand the full context of such growth, a typical ZPS elementary building houses 400 students!

As the district evaluates the best method for adjusting for the positive growth rate, it has been determined that maintaining the current tax rate is an important factor to our community. Therefore, only options with a no tax increase are being considered at this time. The top three areas of concern include space for teaching and learning, maintaining our facilities for ten years, and safety and security in and around all school buildings. 

The ZPS Board of Education will make a decision whether to place a bond proposal on the ballot for public vote at the January board meeting. Superintendent Cal De Kuiper has been, and will continue to speak with community groups and ZPS staff around the district about the possible growth options.

The community is invited and encouraged to speak with Cal De Kuiper at a community Q & A session scheduled for Wednesday, December 11 between 8 - 10 am or 5:30 - 7 pm.  Both will take place at the Howard Miller Community Center in Zeeland.

You may also call the Office of the Superintendent at 616.748.3002 if you would like to further discuss.

In the News

 Holland Sentinel article (11.22.19)

 Holland Sentinel article (12.10.19)

 

 

 

February 16, 2015
Bond / Construction Updates

View the External Linkconstruction blog to stay up to date on district-wide progress!