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Rising COVID-19 cases move Wyoming Public Schools to remote learning

Serious coronavirus-linked condition hit 285 US children
Posted at 12:21 PM, Nov 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-12 12:21:58-05

WYOMING, Mich. — Wyoming Public Schools is the latest district to move to fully-remote learning through the end of the month because of rising COVID-19 numbers.

All district buildings will close for instruction at the end of the day Thursday, a news release said.

District leaders were notified of more than 20 new cases of the virus and “significantly increasing large numbers” of individuals under quarantine.

The Kent County Health Department recommended the district stop in-person instruction Friday through Nov. 30.

High numbers of affected individuals have also impacted the availability of teaching staff, bus drivers, food service workers and students coming to school.

“The decision to move to remote teaching and learning is not an easy one to make,” WPS Superintendent Craig Hoekstra said. “Our goal as a district, and community, is to have students remain engaged in in-person learning. While this temporary shift to remote learning may present challenges to students, staff and families, my hope is that we are able to return to safe, in-person learning as soon as possible. It is important for us to work together, whether in school or in the community, to protect ourselves and others from becoming ill.”