Ann Arbor Public Schools announces temporary move to distance studying, citing COVID surge

ANN ARBOR, MI – Students and staff at the Ann Arbor Public School District begin the new year with a return to distance learning.

AAPS will reopen with virtual distance learning on Wednesday January 5th, according to a statement from school officials. Classes will resume in remote capacity through January 7th.

A return to school learning for students and staff is planned for Monday, January 10, officials said.

The updated reopening plan comes after the Washtenaw County Health Department announced 634 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, seven hospital admissions, and seven deaths in a 24-hour period – an “extraordinary” increase higher than ever in the pandemic, school officials said.

“High COVID case rates in Ann Arbor, an associated increase in student and employee illnesses and the resulting employee absences have a direct impact on every part of our operations,” the AAPS statement reads. “We are working to understand the impact of COVID incidents on employees that occurred during the winter break, including those that will occur this coming weekend, as well as those on leave to attend to an immediate COVID-affected To take care of family member. We will be making adjustments to ensure that there are professional teachers and support staff in all classrooms to support a safe return to school. “

AAPS will host a virtual town hall on January 5th at 6:00 p.m. to keep the school community updated and answer questions.

For more information on the district’s COVID-19 security protocols, please visit the AAPS website.

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