As Move-In Day quickly approaches, Grand River Academy is enthusiastically and vigorously working to ensure students have a fulfilling 2020-21 academic year. Fall athletes participating in soccer and cross country are expected to arrive on Monday, August 24th with the rest of the student body arriving on Sunday, August 30th.
With a new school year comes new changes to GRA's staff and facilities. Over the summer, several additions have been made to the GRA faculty and campus. Under the guidance of newly appointed Head of School Tony Tucker, GRA has made upgrades to their Health Center, Learning Center, and athletic programs. With the addition of these new campus amenities, GRA will be able to accommodate all students educational, social, and athletic needs.
Parents and students can look forward to these brand new features to the GRA campus this school year:
- Advanced Placement Courses and Curriculum
- Honors Courses
- College Counseling Center (100% College Matriculation)
- GRA Learning Center
- GRA Counseling Center
- Revamped GRA Health and Safety Center
- Autism Center for Excellence (ACE)
- Academic Resource Center (ARC)
- GRA Athletic and Wellness Center
- Eagle Sports & Performance (ESP) Program
Most importantly GRA is committed to their comprehensive COVID-19 protocols and strategies to keep students healthy and safe during this pandemic. The theme for this school year is "Screen, Clean, Six Feet In Between", a health and safety plan recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organizations (WHO), University Hospitals Health Systems, and the local Ashtabula County Health Department.
The "Screen, Clean, Six Feet In Between" protocols make sure GRA students receive around the clock health monitoring by staff, Faculty, and the Academy's full time nurse. The GRA Health Services program, in its new location of Mastin Hall, will provide 24-hour care and up to 20 beds for students to be quarantined and medically isolated if necessary. Quarantined spaces also include three separate Faculty apartments that will provide spaces for academics and dining while students are being admitted or isolated. These quarantine spaces can house up to five students at a time.
Cleaning routines will be aggressively enhanced in high traffic areas such as classrooms, dining areas, and dormitories to prevent the spread of germs and viruses. In addition, an emphasis on student's daily hygiene will be frequently monitored. GRA will also use its spacious 200 plus acre campus with numerous buildings and open spaces to practice social distancing. With a large campus at our disposal, GRA has the flexibility to create additional classroom spaces, eating areas, and social spaces for students.