Superior Schools Warn Parents They May Move to Virtual Learning
As COVID-19 continues to spread across the Twin Ports, Superior Schools sent a letter to parents warning that virtual learning may return to the district.
District Administrator Amy Starzeck said in an email sent on Friday afternoon to parents that the district is seeing high rates of positive COVID cases throughout the district and while the goal is to keep in-person learning going, changes may need to be implemented due to staffing problems.
Starzeck said, "If staff rates continue to increase to a point where we cannot staff buildings, we may have to move into a virtual learning mode for a short period of time." She says the district has taken many steps to reduce to effects of missing staff, but it may not be enough to keep the schools open.
In the current data put out by the district, there are 29 staff members out with COVID, and over 130 students. One month ago, there was only one staff member out and 5 students.
The district is reminding students, staff, and parents about the testing clinic available at Northern Lights Elementary which is open Monday - Friday from 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM, you can get more information about the clinic here.
There is also a vaccine clinic coming up for the 5 - 11 age group on Monday, January 31st at Northern Lights Elementary and Tuesday, February 1st at Great Lakes Elementary. Information about the upcoming vaccine clinics can be found here.
"Students need the social, emotional, and academic support provided in schools, and additionally virtual learning can cause significant hardships on families. We will continue to monitor and make adjustments as needed in the weeks ahead and continue providing updates to the Spartan community," said Starzeck.