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ADDISON — Addison Community Schools continues to feel the effects of the COVID-19 virus throughout its campus.

After positive case numbers were experienced throughout the district, which in turn caused the school to have a large number of student and staff absences, the district opted to shift into virtual learning during the week of Nov. 8. It was the district’s hope to return to in-person learning this week.

That, however, turned out not to be the case.

As reported on the district’s website and social media pages, “Addison Community Schools continues to experience positive COVID-19 cases of both students and staff.”

The announcement said the Lenawee County Health Department has reported a “surge” in cases, specifically within the Manitou Beach and Addison areas.

Because of the current high case rate and due to the district remaining in virtual learning at this time, district officials stated in the announcement students and staff will remain virtual through Thanksgiving break, with in-person learning resuming Monday, Nov. 29.

“The health and safety of our district continues to be top priority,” the announcement said. “In correspondence with the Lenawee Health Department, it is in the best interest of both staff and students to remain virtual through Thanksgiving break.”

Addison Superintendent Steve Guerra said a lot of factors and a lot of back-and-forth communication with the health department went into deciding to remain virtual through Thanksgiving break. Most notably, of course, was the number of absences districtwide.

More than 10 staff members and more than 60 students have been quarantined since the district began running into COVID-19 issues last week. Those numbers have since increased.

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