Last month, Kirria Halvorson, a 10th grader at GRHS, waited patiently outside the Grand Rapids High School (GRHS) library for her COVID-19 vaccination. Kiira was there to take advantage of a partnership between the school district and Essentia Health. “Getting the vaccine was like a shot of relief for not only me but for everybody in my community,” said Kiira. Staff from Essentia Health spent four hours at the school administering over 90 vaccines to students aged 16 and older. “We were so happy to be able to do this for our students, especially as we are seeing COVID-19 cases in our area continue to go up,” said District Nurse Angela Elhard.
COVID-19 has changed so many aspects of the community’s life. In some cases it has made people so appreciative of the positives in their life. It’s no different for organizations or for our schools. School districts have been facing a sub shortage for years and the pandemic made that shortage even worse as many guest staff members are older members of our community and as staff were required to be out for longer periods of time. At ISD 318, staff and students alike are grateful for the guest staff members who have provided continuity for learning this year.
Grand Rapids High School (GRHS) is a school of over 1,200 students with more than 200 courses that offer our students excellent educational opportunities. Few institutions of learning rival the academic, athletic, and fine arts opportunities available to the students of GRHS, and all while maintaining an unmatched sense of community and personal attention.
In addition to high school course work, students can also earn college credits while at GRHS through UMD College in the Schools (CITS), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Post-Secondary as ICC (PSEO). GRHS is proud to be the only rural district in Minnesota to offer the IB program.
Other options available to prepare our students for post-secondary opportunities include the Career Pathways program. The Career Pathways classes are designed to train students for careers in healthcare and manufacturing fields. Students receive college credit from Itasca Community College, make connections in their fields, and have real-world experience opportunities with internships.
We believe that all students can learn and we are prepared to work collaboratively with colleagues, students, parents, and the community to achieve this shared educational purpose.