24 student COVID cases are taking Ann Arbor from elementary school to distance learning
ANN ARBOR, MI – Transmission at school and an increasing number of COVID-19 cases among high school students have caused another Ann Arbor elementary school to switch to distance learning for the remainder of the week.
Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Jeanice Swift confirmed on Wednesday October 13th that Burns Park Elementary School switched to distance learning after identifying approximately 24 cases of COVID-19 in students “in the past few days.”
In Burns Park, like Pittsfield Elementary School, there was some evidence of transmission in the school last week, Swift said.
“Most of our district cases occur across our schools – one or two here or one or two there – and we expect that to be seen,” Swift said. “However, in the past 10 days we have seen a very different, higher number of cases in about three locations, and that is worrying.
The district care team held a pop-up testing event for families and students at Burns Park that identified additional COVID-19 cases among the 75 tests performed, Swift said. AAPS is also waiting for about five pending sibling cases, she said.
In a family update earlier this week, the Burns Park leadership stated that several students would be able to attend Friday evenings and Saturday, May 8-9. October, symptoms developed after being healthy and at school on Thursday and Friday.
While Swift confirmed that the district is working with the Washtenaw County Health Department on the case investigation, some parents have expressed frustration that the district has been unwilling to implement the “test-to-stay” quarantine strategy.
The strategy is provided by the Washtenaw County Health Department and carried out by nurses to prevent the county from sending students home into a 10-day quarantine if they test negative and show no symptoms.
If close contact with a positive case is found in an unvaccinated student in the classroom or on the school bus, they can continue to attend school and wear a mask for the first seven days of a 14-day exposure period while being tested three times a week.
However, AAPS has not implemented a test-to-stay. It had planned to start the school year with a test-to-stay when it set its quarantine guidelines on Aug. 11, identified as being in close contact with people with COVID-19.
Failure to implement “test-to-stay” has led her to oversee her daughter’s remote learning even though no COVID-19 cases have been identified in her classroom, said Burns Park mother Stephanie Sullivan.
“Kudos to the school itself for their willingness to switch, but it’s a shame for the AAPS board that they don’t support the test-to-stay,” said Sullivan. “Why is the school closed? There are so many children in quarantine, there are not enough children to keep the school open. Once again, my daughter’s education is being compromised. “
When asked why test-to-stay was not implemented, Swift said test-to-stay has a narrow focus that can only be used for exposure in core classes and on the school bus and does not take into account after-school activities. the cafeteria or other places.
However, the district looks forward to the potential use of this strategy, Swift said earlier this month.
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