As a surge of coronavirus cases continues to impact communities across the state, several Michigan school districts are weighing or have already pivoted entirely to remote learning to slow the spread.
(TNS) — As a surge of coronavirus cases impacts communities across the state, several
Due to the rising number of positive cases in
Young Fives to fifth-grade students currently in hybrid instruction, along with students in special education programs, will return virtual instruction starting Monday, the district said.
Grosse Pointe has 220 students and 47 staff members in quarantine. There are an additional 10 classrooms shut down in quarantine, officials said, adding they continue to deal with significant staffing issues.
"Similar to districts across the state, we simply do not have enough substitutes to cover the vacancies for teachers and staff who are self-quarantining due to COVID-19 exposure," the district said.
In August, Grosse Pointe parents rallied for in-person learning. More than 100 people, including families who brought their young children and dogs, marched about three-quarters of a mile to protest the school system's initial decision to start students in remote learning.
The district planned to phase in elementary students first until the
"When we approved the elementary return plan, the risk level was a 'C,' and the 7-day daily case average per million count was 46 compared to over 150 last Friday, tripling the cases in less than two weeks," said Logsdon, adding the board would not return until the risk reached at least a D grading.
The school district's
"While we are disappointed to need to be returning to fully remote teaching and learning, we will continue to provide instruction and services to meet the needs of all learners as best as possible during this challenging public health crisis," Watson said in the email. "We greatly appreciate your partnership and support."
If the board approves the measure,
Also Wednesday, the district switched to full distance learning at
On Monday, the
The highest number of new and ongoing outbreaks was in
The data come from COVID-19 outbreaks reported by local health departments each week to the state health department as of the previous Thursday. An outbreak is defined as two or more COVID-19 cases among people who are from different households but may have shared exposure.
The largest outbreak in one school occurred at
After more than a month of entirely remote learning,
Pre-kindergarten through second grade was set to return to classes in-person on
Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the state's chief medical executive, said Thursday that she's "very concerned" about what she's seeing across
"We've performed 43,000 diagnostic tests per day over the past week; however, the percent of those tests that are coming back positive is increasing and is 7.5% and has been increasing for the past five weeks," Khaldun said. Experts prefer a positivity rate of 3% as a benchmark to show the spread is limited.
The district is connected with two positive cases and more than 75 students are in quarantine. Should the spread continue, the district will have to follow stricter actions, she said.
"Several homecoming parties, including a party bus, were reported during contact tracing, with reportedly little evidence of mask-wearing or physical distancing," said Gallagher, urging parents to take precaution.
"Contact tracing also revealed that, in some cases, students who were supposed to be quarantined due to a family exposure still participated in out-of-school activities. The quarantines have impacted students at
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