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Forest Hills Northern High School to continue virtual learning through Oct. 21

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Posted at 9:09 PM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 21:09:23-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — In a letter adressed to families of Forest Hills Northern High School (FHNHS), Forest Hills Public Schools superintendent Dan Behm announced Sunday evening that students will attend class virtually Oct. 19-21.

This shift to virtual learning comes after a student at FHNHS tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday.

That student came in contact with 27 other students, who are currently one day into a two-week quarantine to prevent a potiential spread.

"Operating classes in a virtual format for the next three days will allow us additional time to determine if any additional positive cases result from these social events outside of school." Behm said in the letter. "This will also reduce the likelihood of any additional close contacts needing to quarantine for 14 days."

After monitoring conditions over the three-period, school officials will decide on Wednesday, Oct. 21, what instructional format we will use for Thursday and Friday.

Forest Hills Northern's homecoming game against Northview is still tentatively scheduled for Friday night at Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern Football Stadium against Northview

Parents should expect to see another update via email by Wednesday afternoon.

"We know that this announcement comes with short notice, but our priority is to keep everyone safe and to avoid disruptions to many more families that could come from lengthy quarantine periods. The decision comes in collaboration with the Kent County Health Department."

Parents with children in FHNHS who test positive for COVID-19 are advised to contact Forest Hills Public Schools as soon as possible.