MUSKEGON, MI – Orchard View High School switched to virtual learning Wednesday after school officials learned of two new positive COVID-19 cases in a student and teacher.
Both individuals tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, March 23, according to a letter from Superintendent Jim Nielsen posted on the district website. The student was last in the school building on Monday, March 22, and the teacher was last on site Friday, March 19.
The high school will conduct online-only classes through Thursday, April 1, school officials announced on Facebook. Students will be on spring break starting Friday, April 2, and will return to the school building for classes on Monday, April 12.
School leaders said the move to remote learning is “out of an abundance of caution.” The district is currently working on conducting contact tracing and will notify anyone who is considered a close contact, the letter said.
Nielsen assured that all impacted parts of each building have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected since the two individuals were on site.
“I am proud to say all staff and students have been following our safety protocols outlined in our Return to School Plan, including wearing masks and social distancing whenever possible,” the superintendent wrote.
“Since school began, we have increased our efforts to clean and disinfect equipment, light switches, door knobs/handles, and bathrooms, in addition to our regular cleaning and disinfecting schedule.”
There have been 76 positive COVID-19 cases associated with Orchard View Public Schools since the start of the school year, according to the district’s data dashboard. Of those cases, 45 were among staff members and 31 were student cases.
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