Schools in Whitmore Lake are canceling classes on Monday. January third, due to COVID-19, absences

WHITMORE LAKE, MI – Whitmore Lake Public Schools canceled face-to-face classes on Monday, January 3, citing reports of student and staff absenteeism due to illness and COVID-19.

Superintendent Tom DeKeyser informed families on Sunday afternoon, January 2, that classroom classes had been canceled after the district received reports of illness-related absences from students, students who tested positive for COVID-19, or those seeking a COVID-19 test had.

The district also has “several employees who are unable to work on Monday due to illness and COVID-19,” DeKeyser said.

“With so many people unable to work, WLPS cannot function safely and effectively,” DeKeyser wrote. “That’s why I made the decision to cancel school for that day.”

DeKeyser said he anticipates the district will secure enough replacements for the opening on Tuesday, January 4th. Distance learning plans for students unable to attend face-to-face classes are arranged by the teaching staff.

The district’s kids’ club and preschool will remain open Monday, as will previously scheduled after-school activities, DeKeyser noted.

Whitmore Lake joins Ann Arbor Public Schools to delay return to face-to-face classes on Monday due to the local surge in COVID-19 cases.

AAPS is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, January 3rd to 4th. Virtual distance learning is slated to reopen on Wednesday, January 5th. Classes will be absent until 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.

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