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Oct 9 2020 Update Letter from our Superintendent

Dear Orchard View Staff and Families,      

This has been a busy week with updates and information coming from Lansing. Recent decisions by the Michigan Supreme Court and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services related to the COVID-19 pandemic may create some confusion about mask requirements and spectator guidelines at district events...... (Please click the link to view the entire letter from Supt. Jim Nielsen.)

October 4, 2020
October 4th Update from our Superintendent

Parents, staff, students and Orchard View Community,

Please review the attached letter from our Superintendent in response to recent news media information.

September 28, 2020
New Protective Mask Mandate beginning October 5, 2020.
For All Students - Kindergarten and Up
Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Friday, September 25, 2020 signed Executive Order 2020-185 that requires all Michigan students in grades kindergarten and up to wear protective face masks when in classrooms of schools in Phase 4 of the MI Safe Start Plan. The executive order is effective on October 5, 2020.
We have been very fortunate at Orchard View not to have been negatively impacted by positive COVID-19 results from staff/students in our buildings. This can be in part attributed to all who have been meeting our expectations of masks where required and social distancing. Orchard View will always follow Executive Orders so we will be requiring students in K-5 to wear masks beginning October 5. If you have questions or concerns about this latest change please feel free to contact your child's principal. The Orchard View District is located in Region 2 of our State, our region is currently in Phase 4 of Governor Whitmer's MI Safe Start Plan. The current requirements will change if we move to Phase 3 or 5 later this school year.


Jim Nielsen, Superintendent
Orchard View Schools
35 S. Sheridan Drive
Muskegon, MI 49442
September 23, 2020
OV Schools Locked Down for 45 minutes

This morning at 9:45 all Orchard View Buildings went on an external lockdown after a report of a man on Sheridan two blocks south of Marquette carrying a gun in his hand. The report was made by a child riding a bus. The safety of our learners remains our top priority.  Although this individual was never on school grounds at any time, we felt this precaution was necessary to maintain our safe learning environment. Muskegon Township Police responded quickly, and were able to clear the area. We were in constant communication with the officers on the scene. With input from the Muskegon Township Police Department, we were able to lift the lockdown at 10:30am.

Supt. Jim Nielsen

August 21, 2020
Bus Routes for 2020-2021

Orchard View Families - Please be sure to locate and review the bus routes for this new school year by using this link to the Transportation web page.

August 17, 2020
IMPORTANT - Back to School Info for OV Families

Parents - COVID-19 is changing the way we are doing school this year, so PLEASE print and/or review each of the attached documents.  Working together and following the guidelines presented will help to keep your child, their classmates, and our OV staff safe and healthy.  Review this information BEFORE the first day of school!

PDF DocumentCOVID-19 Return to School Parent Toolkit

PDF DocumentOrchard View Daily Self-Check for Parents

Also, the new 2020-21 District Calendar is available on the home page for review and printing. 


District Calendar

Orchard View District Wide Calendar

Orchard View District Wide Calendar
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Upcoming District Events

  • 26 Oct
  • 28 Oct
    • HS- Picture Make Up Day
      Date: Oct 28
      Calendar: Orchard View District Calendar
      Call the office for times This event has a video call. Join: https://meet.google.com/veo-yara-oqu (US) +1 929-266-1856 PIN: 601340383#
  • 3 Nov
    • Election Day
      Date: Nov 3
      Calendar: Orchard View District Calendar
  • 9 Nov
    • Committee of the Whole Meeting
      Date: Nov 9
      Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
      Location: OVHS Community Room
      Calendar: Orchard View District Calendar
  • 16 Nov
    • Regular Board Meeting 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
      Regular Board Meeting
      Date: Nov 16
      Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
      Location: OVHS Community Room
      Calendar: Orchard View District Calendar
  • 25 Nov
    thru Nov 27
  • 14 Dec
    • Regular Board Meeting 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
      Regular Board Meeting
      Date: Dec 14
      Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
      Location: OVHS Community Room
      Calendar: Orchard View District Calendar
  • 21 Dec
    thru Jan 1
  • 11 Jan
    • Committee of the Whole Board Meeting
      Date: Jan 11
      Time: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      Location: OVHS Community Room
      Calendar: Orchard View District Calendar
    • Board Organizational Meeting
      Date: Jan 11
      Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
      Location: OVHS Community Room
      Calendar: Orchard View District Calendar

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


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Returning Students:

Parents/Guardians of OV Returning Students, please complete the online demographic update to get your student registered for the 2020/2021 school year!  You must sign on as a parent, not as a student. Please use a computer and not a smartphone.  If you do not have a computer, you may come into the office to complete the form

Google FormsReturning Students Registration for 2020-2021 school year

If you need username/password assistance, please call the building your child is a student in:

High School:  760-1400
Middle School:  760-1500
Cardinal Elementary: 760-1700
Orchard View Early Elementary:  760-1850

Welcome to our New Students

Parents and students who are joining the Orchard View family, please use the link below to enroll your student for the first time.

Google FormsNew Student Enrollment Form

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.



FOIA Image

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

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

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.