List: West Michigan schools’ mask policies

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — As parents get ready to send their kids back to school, most are wondering whether they will have to wear masks.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is leaving the decision up to each district — though it is strongly recommending masks as part of a “layered” mitigation strategy and they have been mandated on school buses.

Find your school district’s mask policy in the list below.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Each school’s policy is subject to change. This list is incomplete as not all policies were readily available. Send us updates by emailing ReportIt@woodtv.com.

Allegan County

The  Allegan County Health Department is requiring masks in schools from kindergarten to sixth grade.

  • Allegan Public Schools: K-6 masks required; 7-8 TBD; 9-12 optional | Details
  • Fennville Public Schools: K-6 masks required; 7-8 required in common area; 9-12 recommended | Details
  • Glenn Public School District: Following county mandate.
  • Hamilton Community Schools: K-6 masks required indoors; 7-12 optional | Details
  • Holland Public Schools: Masks required | Details
  • Hopkins Public Schools: K-6 masks required; 7-12 optional | Details
  • Martin Public Schools: K-6 masks required; 7-12 optional | Details
  • Otsego Public Schools: K-6 masks required; 7-12 optional | Details
  • Plainwell Community Schools: K-6 masks required; 7-12 optional | Details
  • Saugatuck Public Schools: Masks required, the Holland Sentinel reports | Details
  • Wayland Union Schools: K-6 masks required; 7-8 required around K-6; 9-12 recommended | Details

Barry County

  • Delton Kellogg School District: Masks optional | Details
  • Hastings Area School District: Masks optional | Details
  • Thornapple Kellogg School District: Masks recommended | Details

Branch County

  • Bronson Community Schools: Masks recommended | Details
  • Coldwater Community Schools: Masks optional | Details
  • Quincy Community Schools: Masks optional | Details

Calhoun County

  • Athens Area Schools: Masks optional | Details
  • Battle Creek Public Schools: Masks required | Details
  • Bellevue Community Schools: Masks optional | Details
  • Harper Creek Community Schools: Masks recommended | Details
  • Homer Community Schools: Masks optional | Details
  • Mar Lee School District: Masks optional | Details
  • Marshall Public Schools: As of Aug. 15: TBD | Details
  • Pennfield Schools: Masks optional | Details
  • Tekonsha Community Schools: Masks optional | Details
  • Union City Community Schools: Masks optional | Details

Ionia County

  • Belding Area School District: Masks optional
  • Ionia Public Schools: Masks optional | Details
  • Lakewood Public Schools: Masks optional | Details
  • Portland Public School District: Masks recommended | Details
  • Saranac Community Schools: Masks optional | Details
  • St. Patrick Catholic School – Portland: Masks optional | Details

Kalamazoo County

The  Kalamazoo Health and Community Services Department is requiring masks in schools from kindergarten to sixth grade.

  • Climax-Scotts Community Schools: Masks recommended
  • Comstock Public Schools: TBD | Details
  • Catholic Schools of Greater Kalamazoo: Masks optional | Details
  • Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools: K-6 masks required; optional 7-12 optional | Details
  • Gull Lake Community Schools: K-6 required; 7-8 TBD; 9-12 optional | Details
  • Kalamazoo Public Schools: Masks required | Details
  • Mattawan Consolidated School: K-6 required; 7-12 recommended | Details
  • Parchment School District: K-6 required, 7-12 TBD | Details
  • Portage Public Schools: Masks recommended | Details
  • Schoolcraft Community Schools: K-6 required | Details
  • Vicksburg Community Schools: TBD | Details

Kent County

The Kent County Health Department ordered masks in preschool through sixth grade buildings on Aug. 20. What follows is school policies as of the previous day.

  • Ada Christian School: PK-6 required; 7-8 optional | Details
  • Byron Center Public Schools: Masks optional | Details
  • Caledonia Community Schools: Masks recommended | Details
  • Catholic Central High School: Masks recommended
  • Cedar Springs Public Schools School: Masks recommended | Details
  • Comstock Park Public Schools: Masks recommended | Details
  • East Grand Rapids Public School District: K-6 required; 7-12 recommended | Details
  • Forest Hills Public Schools: Masks required for all K-6 students, all unvaccinated students | Details
  • Godwin Heights Public Schools: Masks required indoors. | Details
  • Grand Rapids Christian Schools: Masks optional | Details
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools: Masks required indoors | Details
  • Grandville Public Schools: Masks recommended | Details
  • Kelloggsville Public Schools: Masks recommended | Details
  • Kenowa Hills Public Schools: Masks optional | Details
  • Kent City Community Schools: Masks optional | Details
  • Kent Intermediate School District: Masks recommended | Details
  • Kentwood Public Schools: Masks required indoors | Details
  • Lowell Area Schools: Masks optional
  • Northview Public Schools: Masks recommended
  • Rockford Public Schools: PK-6 required, 7-12 optional
  • Sacred Heart Academy: Masks optional | Details
  • Sparta Area Schools: Masks recommended | Details
  • Thornapple Kellogg School District: Masks optional | Details
  • West Catholic High School: Masks optional | Details
  • Wyoming Public Schools: Masks required indoors | Details

Muskegon County

  • Fruitport Community Schools: Masks recommended | Details
  • Holton Public Schools: Masks recommended | Details
  • Mona Shores Public Schools: Masks recommended | Details
  • Montague Area Public Schools: Masks optional | Details
  • Muskegon Catholic Central: Masks optional
  • Muskegon Public Schools: Masks required | Details
  • Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System: Masks required | Details
  • North Muskegon Public Schools: Masks optional | Details
  • Oakridge Public Schools: Masks optional | Details
  • Orchard View Public Schools: Masks optional | Details
  • Ravenna Public Schools: Masks optional | Details
  • Reeths-Puffer Schools: Masks optional | Details
  • Whitehall Public Schools: Masks recommended | Details

Montcalm County

  • Greenville Public Schools: Masks recommended | Details
  • Tri County Area Schools: Masks optional | Details
  • Vestaburg Community School: Masks optional | Details

Newaygo County

  • Grant Public School District: Masks optional | Details
  • Hesperia Community Schools: Masks optional | Details
  • Newaygo Public School District: Masks optional | Details
  • White Cloud Public Schools: Masks recommended | Details

Oceana County

Ottawa County

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health ordered masks in preschool through sixth grade buildings on Aug. 20. What follows is school policies as of the previous day.

  • Allendale Public Schools: Masks optional
  • Black River Public School: Masks required | Details
  • Grand Haven Public Schools: Masks required | Details
  • Holland Christian Schools: PK-6 required, 7-12 optional | Details
  • Holland Public Schools: Masks required | Details
  • Hudsonville Public Schools: Masks recommended | Details
  • Jenison Public Schools: Masks recommended | Details
  • Spring Lake Public Schools: Masks required | Details
  • West Ottawa Public Schools: TBD | Board of Education return to school policy meeting Aug. 19 at 7 p.m.
  • Zeeland Christian School: Following county mandate
  • Zeeland Public Schools: Masks recommended | Details

St. Joseph County

  • Burr Oak Community Schools: Masks optional | Details
  • Centreville Public Schools: Masks optional | Details
  • Colon Community Schools: Masks optional
  • Constantine Public Schools: Masks optional | Details
  • Mendon Community Schools: Masks optional | Details
  • Nottawa Community School: Masks optional | Details
  • Sturgis Public Schools: Masks optional | Details
  • Three Rivers Community Schools: Masks optional | Details
  • White Pigeon Community Schools: Masks recommended | Details

Van Buren County

  • Bangor Public Schools: Masks required indoors | Details
  • Bloomingdale Public School District: Masks recommended | Details
  • Gobles Public School District: Masks optional | Details
  • Hartford Public Schools: Masks optional | Details
  • Lawrence Public Schools: Masks recommended | Details
  • Mattawan Consolidated School: K-6 required; 7-12 recommended | Details

Colleges and universities

  • Aquinas College: Masks required indoors | Details
  • Calvin University: Masks required indoors | Details
  • Central Michigan University: Masks required indoors. Unvaccinated students required to get tested weekly. | Details
  • Cornerstone University: Masks optional | Details
  • Davenport University: Masks required indoors | Details
  • Grand Rapids Community College: Masks required indoors. Vaccine not required, incentive program | Details
  • Grand Valley State University: Masks required indoors. Vaccine required by Sept. 30. | Details
  • Hope College: Masks required indoors | Details
  • Kalamazoo College: Masks required indoors. Vaccine required by fall semester. | Details
  • Kellogg Community College: Masks required indoors. | Details
  • Kuyper College: Masks required indoors | Details
  • Michigan State University: Masks required indoors. Vaccine required by Aug. 31. | Details
  • Muskegon Community College
  • University of Michigan: Masks required for those who have not verified their vaccine status. Vaccine required by Aug. 30. | Details
  • Western Michigan University: Masks required indoors. Unvaccinated students required to get tested weekly. | Details

**CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story referenced the incorrect Hartford Public Schools’ policy. We regret this error, which has since been corrected.

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