SHELBY TOWNSHIP, MI – Another Michigan high school is reverting to virtual learning due to a rise in COVID-19 cases.
Eisenhower High School in Shelby Township has approximately 40 positive student cases resulting in more than 400 students being placed in quarantine, according to a letter sent to parents by principal Jared McEvoy and Robert Monroe, Utica Community Schools’ interim superintendent.
The temporary pause of in-person instruction began on Tuesday and will continue through spring break, which begins on April 2. Some students will return to test in-person on April 13 and 14 before all students return to in-person instruction the week of April 19.
“This is an extremely difficult action for our school to take,” the letter reads. “However, we continue to receive new information daily on multiple individuals with confirmed cases being in Eisenhower High School. “We need to take this step now to pause in-person instruction to reduce any further spread in our community.”
Eisenhower spring sports tryouts will be paused, and start-up dates will be shared by the school’s athletic department as information becomes available, the letter said.
Students participating in winter post-season competition will be able to complete those activities following new state guidelines regarding COVID-19 testing.
“Our ability to return to – and remain in – full day in-person instruction depends on all of us,” the letter concludes. “It is critical that all of us take the necessary steps to mitigate the spread in our community. These include self-screening and staying home if you do not feel well, the use of face coverings, distancing, regular handwashing, and the use of disinfectant.”
Michigan added 4,801 new cases and six deaths on Monday, bringing total reported numbers to 629,612 infections and 15,903 deaths since the virus was first detected in March 2020.