Owosso schools moved to online learning after multiple cases of coronavirus reported

Eufemia Didonato

OWOSSO, MI — Owosso Public Schools plans to move to online learning after multiple students, parents and staff members reported testing positive for COVID-19 over the weekend.

As of Wednesday, Nov. 4, through at least Friday, Nov. 13, Owosso Public Schools will move to online learning for all students, Superintendent Andrea Tuttle said in a Monday, Nov. 2 letter. Additionally, no extra-curricular activities will be permitted to meet in person prior to Monday, Nov. 16.

Once sports are permitted to begin, families are encouraged to “exercise their best judgment” when considering participation, Tuttle wrote.

Each case requires extensive contact tracing and the quarantining of any student or staff member who was in close contact with the positive case, Tuttle wrote.

The Shiawassee County Health Department reported over 60 new cases in the county this weekend alone, and that number is growing, Tuttle said.

The district will inform families no later than Nov. 12 if online learning for all students will be extended beyond Nov. 13.

Child care will continue for the children of working parents who are currently enrolled at Bentley Bright Beginnings. The district will also continue food distribution from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in front of the high school cafeteria.

“We understand that this change presents challenges,” Tuttle wrote. “However, in an effort to maintain the health and safety of our students, staff, and community, we must make this transition. We appreciate you working with us to keep our community safe during this time.”

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