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Winter Safety/Stranger Information Letter 2-9-21

OV Parents, Staff, Students and Community - PLEASE READ the attached letter from our Superintendent on important information about winter safety and stranger danger.  Let's all work together to keep our children - our future, safe!


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February 9, 2021
Winter Safety/Stranger Information Letter 2-9-21

OV Parents, Staff, Students and Community - PLEASE READ the attached letter from our Superintendent on important information about winter safety and stranger danger.  Let's all work together to keep our children - our future, safe!

February 4, 2021
Severe Weather and Frigid Temperatures are in the Forecast

Often during the winter months we are faced with severe weather in the form of heavy snow, sleet, ice, freezing temperatures or other extreme conditions associated with winter in Michigan. Choosing when to close school due to inclement weather is not an easy decision. There are many factors to consider, and the process often begins the day before as we start to receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service. At times, information is also gathered from the transportation department, other local school districts, and local/state police agencies. Typically, early in the morning, central office staff members will gather all this data and travel the local roads so we can make an informed decision. 

Based on all this information, a decision to open or close school is made. Because of the need to bus many of our 2000 students, we will always try to make our decision by 6:00am in order to give parents, staff, and students proper notification. The decision to close school will be delivered via a phone call, email,  placed on the district web site, Facebook page, and on local news and radio stations.  If the decision is made to close school for the day,  all classes are canceled for both virtual and face to face learners.

Your child’s safety, and that of our staff is our greatest priority and we always make decisions to keep students and staff as safe as possible. Generally speaking, temperatures less than -15 F, visibility less than ¼ mile and ice-covered or impassable roads are unsafe conditions that result in closing school. Ultimately, you know the conditions in your neighborhood and your child’s age and health; therefore, please be sure to prepare your children properly for the weather on a daily basis.

I am well aware that after making a decision, there may be questions regarding the decision. As always, you can contact me at 760-1300 or email me at jim.nielsen@orchardview.org.


Jim Nielsen, Superintendent

“It’s a Great Day to be a Cardinal”


Visit the Wall of Honor website page to see the recipients throughout the years of awards in the following categories:

  • All-State (Athletics and Academics)
  • Soaring Cardinals
  • Board Members (12 or more years of service)
  • Community Contributors
  • Memorable Mentors

If you'd like to nominate someone for one of the categories, visit the page for the online form, or use the link below to print out the nomination form.  

PDF DocumentWall of Honor Nomination Form



Anti-Harrassment Compliance Officers

Jim Nielsen, Superintendent
35 S. Sheridan
Muskegon, MI  49442

Kim Bidwell, Director of Business & Personnel
35 S. Sheridan
Muskegon, MI  49442

Rhonda Galarneau, Human Resource Coordinator
35 S. Sheridan
Muskegon, MI  49442

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Click on the link below to be directed to the Hackley Community Care Appointment and Referral form.

Google FormsHCC Appt & Referral Form


District Calendar

Orchard View District Wide Calendar

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Upcoming District Events

U.S. Census 2020

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau undertakes a mammoth task: counting all the people residing in the United States. This count affects the allocation of funding for our community’s public resources (e.g., roads, hospitals, schools), how we plan for the future, and our voice in government. Learn more about the importance of the #2020Census and how to participate:

External Link2020census.gov.

Upcoming Driver’s Education Segment 1

Our next Segment 1 Drivers Ed Class is from March 1, 2021 thru March 25, 2021.  This session is a 4 week class.  The class time runs from 3:30-5:30pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays.  Drive times will be scheduled in addition to class time.  

The class is held at Orchard View Community Education on 1765 Ada Avenue.  You must be 14 years 8 months by the first class session.  Cost is $350.  If you are interested, stop by our OV Community Ed office (1765 Ada Ave) to pick up a registration form.  The form is also available at the OV High School front office or using the link shown below.  The form, birth certificate and payment must be returned to the OV Community Ed office on 1765 Ada Avenue.  If you have any questions, please call 760-1350.    

There will be segment 1 Drivers Ed classes in June 2021, July 2021, and September 2021.  The specific dates are listed on the registration form.

PDF DocumentDriver's Education Registration form 2020-2021

Promise logo


The Muskegon Area Promise is a commitment to the young people of our community--that if they work hard they will be able to earn at least a two-year college degree tuition free.  Read Superintendent Jim Nielsen's letter to parents to learn more about this awesome opportunity!!   PDF DocumentPromise letter to Parents.


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Notice of Change - Committee of the Whole Work Session Meeting


Please review the attached Notice of Change regarding the upcoming Committee of the Whole Work Session Meeting on Monday, March 8, 2021.  This meeting will be held virtually, so the link to the meeting is found below the Notice of Change.   If you wish to participate in the public comment portion of the meeting, please complete this form before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 8, 2021.

PDF DocumentNotice of Change for Committee of the Whole Work Session Meeting for Monday, Mar 8, 2021  6:30pm

External LinkLink to Online Meeting of March 8, 2021

MAISD Offers Updated Information for Parents and Staff regarding COVID-19

We are working on getting the word out to our community members about when to keep kids home from school, what testing in our schools looks like, how to get information on vaccines, and how to sign up to receive one. Click on the links in each of these items to view two informational videos and also link to Mask Up Muskegon.

1.  See actual COVID-19 rapid testing done in local schools:  Video DocumentCOVID-19 Rapid Testing.   As more tests become available, more schools will offer them to students (with parent consent) and staff! 

2.  When do you need to keep your kids home from school? Doctors from Shoreline Pediatrics explain:   Video DocumentWhen to Keep Kids Home

3.  Wondering where to get info on COVID-19 vaccines and how to sign up? Go to: External LinkMask Up Muskegon

2020-2021 OV District Calendar

Please note that the first day of school is Tuesday, August 25th!  Click on the image below to view/print the enlarged pdf version of the calendar.

OV District Calendar 2020-2021



Orchard View Home Learning Plans

Click here to go to the web page to access all the Home Learning Plans for K-12.



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Click on the image above to view a pdf of the Orchard View FOIA Procedures and Guidelines.