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Mid Peninsula School District shifting to virtual learning as COVID-19 cases rise

The Mid Peninsula school district has made the decision to close to in-person instruction after a significant increase in COVID-19 cases and exposure among students and staff.
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Published: Nov. 9, 2020 at 6:04 PM EST
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ROCK, Mich. (WLUC) - The Mid Peninsula school district has made the decision to close to in-person instruction after a significant increase in COVID-19 cases and exposure among students and staff. This decision is effective immediately.

In a Facebook post, Superintendent Eric J. VanDamme said “As I type this letter on November 9, 2020 we have several students and eight staff members either quarantined or positive for COVID-19. Pair that with most hospitals in the Upper Peninsula at or above capacity for COVID patients and we are left to make a decision that is in the best interest of our students and staff.” This is a significant increase from November 1, when no staff members or students had tested positive, according to the post.

First grade teacher Melissa Nelson said she was disappointed that it reached this point.

“I was really hopeful it was not going to. Prayed a lot about it, but it did. Now it’s just a matter of one day at a time and a lot of prayers.”

Students should have information that they need online. The switch will last through Thanksgiving break, with a planned return date of November 30.

As of Monday, VanDamme said there has been a 90 percent participation rate and the students have a positive attitude.

The school is keeping bus drivers employed. They will be packing lunches and breakfasts and delivering them to the mailboxes of bus pick ups and drop offs on Wednesday and that schedule will be updated on the Facebook page.

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