Forest Hills Central High School students will be doing their learning remotely for an unspecified amount of time beginning Monday, February 8, 2021.
The move back to remote learning comes after thirteen students at the school tested positive for COVID-19 between February 1 and February 5.
Contact tracing is being conducted for all students who tested positive and it is not believed that the infected students contracted the virus at the school. The total number of students that could potentially have to quarantine following the contact tracing may increase to 200 or more.
Free meals will be provided to families that request them. Those interested in free meals are asked to send an email, including the student’s name, to Sarah Hawkins at firstname.lastname@example.org before 10 a.m. on Monday. Meal kits will be distributed curbside on Monday, February 8, 2021 at 160 Alta Dale Ave. in Ada from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.
At this point, it's unclear when students will return to in-person learning. In an email to parents, Principal Steve Passinault said that famililes will be updated on the situation after Friday, February 12, 2021.
Meanwhile, contact sports in the state of Michigan will be allowed to resume beginning on Monday. Participants in contact sports where they cannot remain masked will be required to undergo regular testing under protocol set forth by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
As of Tuesday, February 2, 2021, the MDHHS was reporting that there were 105 current outbreaks in schools across the state of Michigan. That was an increase of 35 over the previous week. This marks the first time the the total number of outbreaks has been above 100 in a month.
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