Northwest Community Schools transitions to remote learning through Thanksgiving

Northwest Community Schools transitions to remote learning through Thanksgiving

MLIVE, By: McKenna Ross, JACKSON, MI — Citing current and pending cases of coronavirus in the district, Northwest Community Schools announced it will transition to remote learning for all buildings until Nov. 30.

The transition begins Monday, Nov. 16.

“As we know, circumstances change daily and the situation will be assessed prior to the return of staff and students,” the district said in a news release Friday, Nov. 13.

Northwest High School transitioned to remote learning through November earlier this week after officials identified three cases of COVID-19 — one in staff and two in students — on Friday, Nov. 6.

As of Nov. 13, Northwest Community Schools has had 25 cumulative positive coronavirus cases in students and staff and 232 students and staff quarantined for close contact with a positive case, according to the district’s tracking dashboard.

Officials stressed that the news does not require an emergency release. Elementary school students will be released at normal times on Friday with materials needed for coming weeks, according to the release.

Northwest Preschool and Childcare will remain open, per the release.

Administrators ask families to call the Northwest Community Schools COVID-19 Hotline, 517-817-4974, if their student is awaiting COVID-19 test results, has tested positive or has had direct contact with someone with a confirmed COVID-19 case.