Community Alert Response Generated - Soft Lockdown

April 24, 2019

Dear Nelson and Muskegon High School Parents and Guardians,

Today, at approximately 12:00 pm, the Nelson Elementary and High School main offices received a phone call from our neighborhood police officer (Officer Clark).  Officer Clark indicated that some members of the neighborhood had reported hearing gunshots in the area. While there were no confirmations of gunshots or guns in the area, Officer Clark recommended that we go into a “Soft Lockdown.”  A Soft Lockdown is an emergency procedure used at school whenever there may be an outside risk to our staff or scholars. During a Soft Lockdown, we have all staff and scholars stay in the building, we limit movement within our halls, and we prevent people from coming in or out of the building.  After about 30 minutes, Community Officer Clark called back and confirmed that everything was safe, and that we could go back to our normal routines and procedures. I want you all to know that we practice lockdowns (both “Soft” and “Hard”) along with fire and tornado drills several times each year and our students did a great job during today’s lockdown.  If you have any questions about today’s incident, or any other questions about our emergency procedures, please feel free to contact our Superintendent at 231-720-2004. Thank you for your continued support as we work to keep your scholars safe each and every day here at Muskegon Public Schools.


Dr. Brian Gamm and Dr. Arthur Garner
Nelson Elementary
Muskegon High School

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Office of Student Services & Registration District

Office of Student Services & Registration

Department Staff

Mr. Rodney Walker, Director

Mrs. Brenda Kota, Central Registrar & Student Services Support

Hackley Administration
349 W. Webster Avenue, Room 106
Muskegon, MI 49440
231-720-2013 Phone

Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm (this office observes all holidays, school breaks and closings.)

Enrollment Procedures

You must fill out the enrollment packet,which can be obtained in our office, completely and provide the following:

  • Certified copy of Birth Certificate
  • Michigan Official Up-to-Date Immunization Records
  • Proof of guardianship, if applicable
  • Parent/Guardian ID
  • 2 Proofs of Residency
    • Current rent receipts
    • Mortgage payment receipts
    • Utility bills
    • Property tax bills
    • Voter registration
    • Driver’s license address
  • Transcript or Latest Report Card
  • IEP for Special Education Students

Failure to provide birth certificate, proofs of residency, or guardianship (if applicable) will delay enrollment process approval.


The Office of Student Services along with the Board of Education and building administrators works diligently to provide K-12 students with a positive academic atmosphere that encourages student to learn beyond their textbooks. Discipline issues are dealt with swiftly and professionally. Utilizing PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) the District has adopted a No Bullying policy and continues to work with the Board of Education, administrators, staff and the community to create innovative plans and policies to manage discipline issues. Student handbooks are printed and policies published and shared with students, staff and community on an annual basis. Please contact the building principal and/or the Office of Student Services with questions or concerns.

Health Related Plans

The Office of Student Services acknowledges the importance the role of healthy students plays in the district academic goals. The food service department is fully aware of this issue and goes above and beyond to accommodate our students who have been identified with assorted food allergies. Upon request Muskegon Public School lends support and assistance to those students with various health related issues. Please contact the building principal and/or the Office of Student Services with any questions or concerns.

Schools of Choice

Muskegon Public Schools participates in the MAISD School of Choice Program. This is a once-a-year spring event when Muskegon County students may apply to an out-of- district school of their choice. This does not guarantee admittance to the choice school. The role of SOC Coordinator is held by the Director of Student Services. Please contact the Office of Student Services with any questions.

School Safety

The Office of Student Services has an Emergency Preparedness Procedures Plan in place and has trained staff to effectively respond to various emergency situations. The role of Crisis Team Coordinator is currently held by the Director of Student Services. This team assist staff and students in responding to more in-depth, often student related, situations. Please contact the building principal and/or the Office of Student Services with any questions or concerns.

Title IX

Title IX has broad application. Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is a federal law that states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

The role of the District Title IX Coordinator is currently held by the Director of Student Services. He oversees and implements procedures and policies’, training, investigates complaints/grievances and interacts with law enforcement and staff. Please contact the Office of Student Services with any questions or concerns.