UPDATE: Lakeview Elementary first graders switch to distance learning for two weeks

Published: Sep. 28, 2020 at 4:49 AM EDT
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NEGAUNEE, Mich. (WLUC) - First graders in Negaunee will be learning online for the next two weeks, starting Monday.

Negaunee Superintendent Dan Skewis said Sunday morning a first-grade teacher tested positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing determined that class of 18 students, three other first grade teachers and a junior kindergarten teacher were considered close contacts and must quarantine for 14 days.

“Due to the lack of substitutes in our area, we knew that we wouldn’t be able to find enough substitute teachers to fill in for the other first grade teachers considered close contacts,” Skewis said.

The rest of Lakeview Elementary will be continuing in-person. Skewis said in the beginning of the school year, each grade was placed in self-contained classes and traveled together; therefore, they have not been affected.

Negaunee High School also reports a probable positive COVID-19 student case.

“A family member that that student lives with tested positive and that student had shown COVID-like symptoms,” Skewis said.

As a result, 20 other students who had close contact are now in quarantine. No staff members have been identified as close contacts to the high school case.

Lakeview Elementary first graders will return to in-person learning October 12.

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