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Rise in COVID-19 cases prompts Lakeview High School to temporarily switch to remote learning

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Posted at 1:17 PM, Oct 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-08 15:31:10-04

LAKEVIEW, Mich. — Lakeview High School in Montcalm County is temporarily switching from in-person classes to remote learning due to a rise in COVID-19 cases.

In a letter posted to the school’s Facebook page, Lakeview Community Schools stated the high school is experiencing a “significant increase” in cases of the coronavirus.

The school said they hope moving to remote learning will reduce the number of COVID-19 cases and quarantines.

Starting Saturday, Oct. 9, the school says students in grades 8-12 will pause in-person learning and extra-curricular activities until Monday, Oct. 18.

According to the letter, Monday, Oct. 11 will be a non-instructional day for students. Teachers will use the day to prepare to for remote instruction. Students are encouraged to use the day to make sure they have the resources needed to access online platforms.

Only career center students who have not been identified as a close contact are allowed to attend classes, though the school says they will need to find their own transportation.

Middle school and elementary school students will continue with in-person learning.

The school says staff will reach out to parents in the coming days with more details on what remote learning will entail for their children.

“Mid-Michigan District Health Department is aware of increased COVID cases at Lakeview High School. In an effort to slow the spread of transmission, school administration has made the decision to pause in-person learning and move to a virtual setting for 10 days. This is a mitigation strategy that can prevent further transmission among students,” said Liz Braddock, the department health officer. “Mid-Michigan District Health Department encourages parents to consider getting their students vaccinated against COVID-19. Contact our office to schedule an appointment at 989 831 5237. You can also take advantage of community pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics sponsored by Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. They will be held next week at the Dollar General store in Six Lakes from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on October 10, 11, and 12 at 9442 N Six Lakes Road, Six Lakes.”

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