Grand Blanc Schools Move to Remote Day Leading Up to Thanksgiving
Another school district has been added to the growing list of districts making the tough decision to cancel in-person classes due to staffing issues.
The Grand Blanc school district announced they would be going remote for the last half-day of school prior to the holiday break this week. In a letter released late Friday, superintendent Dr. Trevor Alward announced the district will be going remote on Wednesday, November 24th. The day was scheduled to be a half-day for students ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday break.
In the letter to parents, Dr. Alward references that other districts in the state had to cancel classes due to staffing issues that have increased due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. he notes that the district is not at that point but with the increased exposures in cases additional stress has been put on the staff therefore they would be doing classes remotely on Wednesday.
Dr. Alward Make continued in the letter to parents that this move was “practice” in case the district is faced with another situation due to the increased COVID-19 cases that seem to be spiking and comments that “a need for constant flexibility may not be behind us yet”. Alward commented,
"In the next several months it is unlikely that the entire district will need to be remote, however, we must prepare for the very real scenario that individual classrooms and/or buildings may need to function in this manner for a duration of time".
Grand Blanc joins other districts making changes due to staffing issues. Swartz Creek Schools announced just last week that all classes will be canceled the week of Thanksgiving due to the extreme staff shortages. Other districts such as Grand Haven, Muskegon, Zeeland, Detroit, and Ann Arbor have also made the decision to close as well.
You can read the full letter from Grand Blanc Schools below.
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