Several metro Detroit school districts start Thanksgiving break early amid COVID-19 surge

(WXYZ) – Thanksgiving week is here and Michigan is in the middle of the nation’s worst COVID-19 surge. As families on Metro Detroit prepare to travel to see loved ones, many children find their Thanksgiving breaks a little longer than usual.

Several counties, including Ann Arbor Public Schools, Ypsilanti Public Schools, and the Detroit Public Schools Community District, have all canceled classes in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

“I don’t know what to expect anymore,” said Arlyssa Heard. Her son is in high school in Detroit.

“On average, we get at least one notification a week about someone contracting COVID-19 in their school,” she added.

COVID-19 cases across the district appear to be unbalancing, causing administrators to cut classes starting Monday, two days before the normal Thanksgiving break.

“I’m not exactly happy, but I’m not trying to put my son in danger either,” said Heard.

Michigan again reported the worst new disease rate in the country on Friday.

In response, some school districts across the state decided to close Monday and Tuesday in hopes of giving overworked teachers some breathing space and time for additional hygiene.

“We are dealing with students who are positive, with staff who are positive, with people who are all in close contact,” said Lakia Wilson Lumpkins, a Detroit teacher. “These are fears because we have loved ones at home whom we are trying to protect from this virus.

Lumpkins and other concerned parents like Heard hope that the extra time and bigger push toward vaccinations could change the trend.

DPSCD also announced it would go virtual every Friday in December, another step in hopefully stopping the spread of the coronavirus.

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