Ionia Public Schools moving to all-virtual learning after significant rise in COVID-19 cases

Posted at 9:40 PM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 21:40:31-04

IONIA, Mich. — Ionia Public Schools is moving to fully remote learning due to a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in the district.

The district had 38 students and five staff members quarantined due to close contact as of Monday. Two students and one staff had tested positive for the virus.

As of Wednesday, that number has increased to 100 students and 12 staff quarantined with six students and one staff member testing positive, according to a letter on the district’s website.

Fully remote instruction will begin Oct. 26 and last for two weeks, until Nov. 6.

The situation comes as COVID-19 cases have significantly increased across the state and region, as well as throughout the U.S.

“Schools are vital in meeting the academic, social, emotional and physical wellbeing of students and families,” the district’s letter said. “While I recognize the important role schools serve for our broader community, safety must remain our No. 1 priority. I will do everything within my power to keep Ionia Public Schools safe and open.”

Read the district's letter here.