Detroit schools extend in-person class suspension into May

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FILE – In this April 9, 2020, file photo, Sunnyside Elementary School fourth-grader Miriam Amacker does school work in her room at her family’s home in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s largest school district will continue to suspend in-person classes into May because of a surge in coronavirus cases in southeastern Michigan.

The Detroit school board voted in favor of the extension during a special meeting Thursday and said it will consider the issue again on May 11.

Superintendent Nikolai Vitti acknowledged that in-person classes could be scratched for the rest of the school year if virus rates don’t improve.

There are some exceptions. Teachers can go into classrooms if families want that instruction for their kids, the district said on its website. Learning centers will also be open for students who want to take state tests.

The Detroit district has 47,000 students.

Mayor Mike Duggan is pleading with residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine. He said the seven-day positive rate climbed this week to 20.7%, compared to 3.5% in mid-March.

“The worst is still ahead of us,” Duggan said Wednesday.

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