Metro Detroit districts facing challenges as more students catch COVID-19 outside of school

The schools in Metro Detroit dealing with COVID-19 are spread out outside the classroom

More cases of COVID-19 are spreading outside of the classroom, school officials said.

COVID-19 cases are increasing in schools and, in many cases, students contract the virus outside of school.

“For example, children stay overnight or schoolchildren take part in dance evenings that were canceled or postponed at the beginning of the year,” said Dr. Steve Matthews, the Superintendent of the Novi Community School District. “It’s just more people outside of school.”

Matthews noted that the district had not detected any transmission in the school. He added that a student who was exposed outside the classroom came to school with symptoms. The student was sent home and later tested positive.

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“Then it becomes a quarantine problem. Who was this student during the day? Then we had to quarantine the students that this positive student saw and abandoned during the day,” he said.

Matthews also said the district has quarantined two high school sports teams and a classroom for exposure. That’s about 50 students who had to be quarantined, he said.

Two high school sports teams in Novi had to be quarantined.

Dr. Calandra Green of the Oakland County Health Division said they are working with schools after seeing more sports-related COVID-19 cases.

“They helped a lot to close games, to cancel, to identify not only their student-athletes who tested positive or were exposed, but also opposing teams,” said Green.

In Waterford, students are returning to distance learning by March 26 due to an increase in cases.

The Detroit Public Schools borough is also dealing with an influx of cases spread outside the classroom.

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In a statement, the district said, “We believe this is related to teenagers spending more time in each other’s homes and company to interact more with one another. We also believe that people with social distancing and availability.” were more relaxed about the vaccine. “

Matthews said he hoped the families would take reasonable precautions as the spring break approaches.

“Part of me is hoping that parents will take this seriously and that if they want to continue in school the students will realize that they need to be safe over the spring break,” he said.

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