Lansing School District goes virtual for the week due to rising COVID-19 cases


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — Beginning, Monday, Jan. 3 learning will be 100% virtual for the Lansing School District. This virtual learning comes as thousands of students are returning to class for the first day back from winter break.

School district officials decided on virtual learning for the entire week due to rising COVID-19 cases.

“We understand the hardship this causes, but to keep your children and the community safe, we feel this is the decision that is needed. We wanted to let you know as soon as we could, so you could make arrangements.”

Lansing School District Officials

Lansing students will begin their first day of class in 2022, similar to how they ended the school year in 2020, almost two years ago, online with a laptop and at home.

According to the Ingham County Health Department, the current positivity rate for the county is just around 15%. The health department’s data also showcases over the past month, with kids between the ages of 10 to 19 making up for about 13% of the county’s cases.

According to the release put out by the school district, these numbers played a large role in the decision, and it’s unknown if it will last for more than a week.

Although students are at home this week, all teachers and staff are required to report in person.

Surrounding school districts remain in person like schools in East Lansing, who sent kids home over the winter break with at-home tests to ensure they have a classroom with no positive COVID-19 cases as they returned for learning.

“The school will have further communications about food distribution and extracurricular activities in the coming days,” Lansing School District Officials said.

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