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If principals have sent out building-specific information to parents, you will see these communications below:

High School

Dear BRHS Parents/Guardians,

As the issues surrounding the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) increase, the staff and myself want you to know that we are taking every precaution to protect the students in the building. Protocols for cleaning and sanitation are being strictly followed. We are educating students and staff on procedures to prevent infections. Furthermore, we are adopting new processes to promote social distancing by limiting the number of students gathered in a space to less than one hundred individuals. If we observe these practices and support one another in a calm manner, we will get through this situation. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.


Dave Carlson
Assistant Principal


The BRHS guidance office also sent out a message to families.  Please see that message by clicking here.

Virtual School

As we begin this journey of the BRVS building being closed for at least the next 3 weeks we want to reassure our students, families, and "fans" that we are all very lucky to be a part of a virtual school! In fact, our program will proceed as usual...with the exception of the building being closed. We will still continue to expect students to make at least the minimum requirements of doing 10 activities each week and they will continue to need to answer the Question of the Week.

We will still be able to help students...only via remote. Beginning tomorrow, students just need to ask for help through the Apex website. We are working on our end to provide as much assistance as possible. We will continue to update everyone as we develop these methods.

Please feel free to message us through the Apex website or directly through the BRVS FB page. You are also welcome to call the BRVS building at 231-796-3489. If no one is available, please leave us a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Mr. Buckingham


Middle School

Dear BRMS Families,

As many of you are aware, last night Governor Whitmer ordered schools in Michigan to be closed from March 16th through April 5th, 2020.  Big Rapids Public Schools will be monitoring this situation and following recommendations from the Michigan Department of Education very closely.  We will share any emerging information and updates with you.  Please look for communication that will be shared by email and posted on our district website at www.brps.org/coronavirus.   

With school being closed, we are postponing large scale school events for our building at this time.  Our BRMS Science Fair and next month's 8th grade field trip to the Houlocaust Museum in southeast Michigan has been postponed.  Our goal is to reschedule these events when school resumes.   Also, during this time when our schools are closed all school activities, such as middle school track and field and drama, have been suspended. 

When our students return to BRMS will have procedures in place to reduce large gatherings of students in common areas before school, during lunch, and after school.  Our school nurse has outlined a plan for us to continue to educate our students and staff on procedures to prevent the spread of infections.  Our facilities staff and transportation teams will be working hard and following proper cleaning protocols to ensure our building and buses meet the proper sanitation standards.    

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we work through this situation together.




Joshua Bull


Big Rapids Middle School 



Go Cardinals!

Message from Principal Bull 3/20/2020

Greeting BRMS Families,

I hope this email reaches you and your family are all well and good health.  As we approach our first full week of school being closed due to the Covid-19 virus things have definitely changed in our world.  Without school being formally in session there are things that our students while they are at home to continue the learning process.   

-  If you have access to the internet have our students check their school gmail.  Updates that teachers are sharing through Skyward and google classroom will automatically have notifications sent to our students school email.  

-  If your family doesn't have a device that can access the internet families can request a chromebook from our Technology Director Joe Bauman by directly emailing him and making those arrangements at jbouman@brps.org.

-  One of our regular practices at BRMS is having our students practice DEAR or Drop Everything And Read.  Once a day in each of our classes Monday - Friday students in all grade levels DEAR a book of their choice and work towards an AR or Accelerated Reader goal.  Students can now access their AR tests at home through Renaissance Place at http://renplace.brps.org or www.brpskids to continue to work on their AR reading goals.

-  Through our www.brpskids website students can access Khan Academy, Prodigy and MobyMax to practice academic skills.

-  For all 7th/8th graders Mrs. Lenahan shared student resources to our students through their BRPS school gmail this week as part of our WAY Smart Curriculum and encouraged our students access Xello through www.brps.org under the students tab.  There students can continue to answer questions to further narrow career choices in Career Cruising and help them identify careers in Career Matchmaker application.  

-  BRMS staff plan on reaching out to each of our students/families starting today through next Wednesday checking in them, reminding them of technology, academic resources and our food drop next Thursday, March 26th.  

Finally, in closing take care and stay healthy.

Joshua Bull



Big Rapids Middle School 



Go Cardinals!



Brookside Elementary

Dear Brookside Families,

BRPS is closely monitoring this evolving situation and will continue to keep families up to date as new information develops. Please continue to monitor the BRPS website: www.brps.org/coronavirus for district updates, our Brookside Facebook page, our Brookside website www.brps.org/our-schools/brookside-elementary/, as well as emails from Mrs. Schafer and Mr. Haist.

Brookside staff are taking every precaution to protect all students in the building today. Protocols for cleaning and sanitation are being strictly followed. We are continuing to educate students and staff on procedures to prevent the spread of infections.

All students will be cleaning out their lockers and taking personal items home today. Please wash/disinfect these items at home. Students will also be taking home academic packets to work on during this extended break from school. A list of online resources/websites students can use at home will also be included. Brookside will be open until 5:30pm tonight for any parents of absent students that would like to pick up personal items and homework. These items are being bagged and parents will be able to pick up today in the gym.

Please make note of these current updates/changes:

  • Kindergarten registration has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 16 from 5-6:30 at BRHS.
  • Brookside Parent/Teacher conferences (March 19) are cancelled.
  • Leadership Day (April 17) has been postponed, new date TBD.
  • BRPS Food Service Department is currently working on a plan for the next three weeks.

Thank you for your understanding and flexibility as we go through this situation together.


Kara Schafer
Principal, Brookside Elementary                                              

Katie Thomas
School Counselor, Brookside Elementary

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Riverview Elementary


Hello RV Families,

Wow, what an interesting few days. The district has been vigilant in communicating with our families to keep you updated. This is an unfortunate occurrence impacting the entire country. We are experiencing the same questions, concerns, and emotions while trying to work through this problem. Riverview is committed to keeping student learning ongoing while being closed. Our teaching staff will be communicating with you regarding academic work. It is important to maintain a regular schedule of academic time while home so our students don't experience academic slide. We need to prepare for 3rd and 4th-grade MSTEP State Testing and work hard to be successful with the 3rd grade Reading Law. We set high expectations for all our kids and we need to drive student learning. Please make every effort to help in our success.

All student lockers have been cleaned out in preparation for cleaning purposes. If your child was absent today, we are asking that you come to pick up your child's stuff. I will be at school til 5:00 today and Monday morning til 11:30. If you have any questions, please email me or call. There will not be any staff in the building while we are closed.




March 17, 2020

Good Morning to our RV Families,

Pretty quiet in the school. I miss the children laughing, saying hello, being excited and playing. The Coronavirus has certainly changed how we think and act. All the disruptions may be obstacles to hurdle but don't let it get you down. This too shall pass. We want to keep everyone safe and healthy so we can eventually get back in school. Just a reminder to keep your kids on a routine that incorporates learning. We've been getting a variety of companies offering free learning experiences online. Most of our teachers have shared the programs we use at RV, however, if you come across more online sites that interest your kids, use them. I will periodically share some of those sites. 

We will be delivering food for all families around the district today. This is for everyone! Families can pick up food at BRMS during the operating hours of 12:00 to 3:00 today or we will be delivering to all bus stops beginning at 3:45. If you have any questions, email Jane DeVries jdevries@brps.org. 

The technology department is working on a check out system for devices. We will push the info out soon.

There are some families that need to pick up their child's belongings and work at RV still. I am in the office today until 1:30. Please come get your stuff!





April 6, 2020

Hello RV Families,

I just wanted to touch base regarding plans for educating your child(ren). The teachers are working extremely hard to push academic work out. Most of them had contacted you by email or phone to get bits of information regarding online accessibility, delivery of content, phone numbers and the device the kids are working on from home. 

I know this has been very challenging for most of you but we must keep striving to reach new successes each day. RV sets high expectations for our kids in many ways and we would like those expectations to be consistent at home. If you have questions for your teacher, I encourage you to reach out to them. We are holding Zoom meetings throughout the week to stay current and work through our own obstacles. Bottom line, we want to get academic work for the kids. 

I appreciate all the parents that stopped at RV today to pick up work organized by their teacher. Packets will be available for pick up in the front entrance between the double doors. I ask that you wait patiently and use the social distancing protocol at pick up. Your teacher will give you instructions on when packets are available. 

Some students still have personal items at the school sitting in bags by the lockers. If you would like to pick up your child's belongings, please let your teacher know and they can contact me. 

Food Delivery is happening at 9:00 am tomorrow. If you have any questions regarding Food Service, please contact Jane DeVries:  jdevries@brps.org


If you have any questions, please let me know. 


Renee A. Kent