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A Statement from Superintendent Mr. Justin M. Jennings

8/15/2017

Today at the statue of Charles H. Hackley on the Muskegon High School campus, graffiti with slurring racial comments was found painted on the statue. Upon the discovery of this disturbing image Muskegon staff alerted the authorities and then began work to immediately remove the graffiti. This type of racial discrimination and vandalism is prohibited in school district policy and will not be tolerated.

There are policies and procedures in place to deal with anyone in violation of school district policy or the law. We will keep our community, employees and the media updated as we learn more about this destructive incident. We believe in working to create a learning environment that provides the best for every child, every day. We do not tolerate “hate speech” or any behavior that threatens the well-being of our children.

We will be working with our staff and counselors to provide support for our students to provide comfort and to create a teaching moment to remind them that this type of behavior is neither welcome nor tolerated in our schools or our community. We will be holding a town-hall meeting in the near future to discuss this situation and to provide a forum to have a dialogue with the community.

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Homeless Student Assistance Program District

Homeless Student Assistance Program

The future success of homeless children and youth depends on school enrollment, attendance, and educational achievement. School provides stability for children and youth while their parents/guardians search for permanent housing and employment.

Congress passed the McKinney-Vento Act to eliminate barriers in public schools so that homeless children and youth can enroll in school and receive access to educational opportunities. Services are available through Muskegon Public Schools for students of Muskegon County and surrounding areas.
Services Available:

  • Immediate enrollment in district of residence or district of origin, with or without required documentation (birth certificate, proof of residence, immunization records)
  • Transportation provided to district of origin when it is in the best interest of the child or youth
  • Provision of school supplies
  • Access to Title I services, including free lunch and tutoring

 

Please contact Alex Lazo, McKinney-Vento Grant Coordinator for Muskegon County if you would like to learn more: 231-720-2545.