COVID-19 cases prompt 2 Columbia schools to switch to distance learning
BROOKLYN, MI – Two buildings in the Columbia School District switched to distance learning this week after two staff members tested positive for COVID-19.
Columbia Central Jr./Sr. The High School and Options High School buildings have moved online classes for the week, Superintendent Pam Campbell said, “out of caution.”
In addition to staff who tested positive, Campbell said eight other staff are currently in quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19. The two people who tested positive will continue to self-quarantine for “the rest of the week,” she said.
“There are related and unrelated cases of people who need to be quarantined because they have been exposed,” Campbell said. “We wanted to make sure we had enough healthy teachers here and we also really want to stop the spread.”
No students have tested positive for COVID-19 or are in quarantine at the moment, Campbell said.
The move to distance learning allows quarantined staff members to teach online, Campbell said, noting there was a shortage in the pool of substitute teachers to tap into.
“We wanted to make sure we had enough coverage for our students to learn appropriately,” Campbell said. “I just want to make sure we’re doing the right thing for our students and our staff.”
Due to the building closures, sports are being canceled for the district until Friday night, Campbell said.
The Columbia School District is offering a choice of daily face-to-face instruction and virtual home learning for all classes this fall.