RCAS closed Monday for contact tracing; Hillman moving to virtual learning

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HILLMAN — Hillman Community Schools will be moving to virtual learning on Monday and Rogers City Areas Schools will be closed for one day beginning on Monday as the number of COVID-19 cases in Northeast Michigan continue to climb.

Hillman Community Schools Superintendent Carl Seiter on Saturday notified parents in a Facebook post the district would be moving to virtual learning until Nov. 30, when he expects students to return to their classrooms.

Seiter said in the post he was informed of a positive case at the elementary school and that District Health Department No. 4 was treating a junior high school student as a positive case. He said there were also at least five staff members out because of potential exposures or illness.

Seiter said he made the decision because the “anticipated implications for students and staff” as contact tracing is being completed.

“It is vital that parents keep their students away from others and mask up during this isolation period,” he said in the post. ” If we want this to stop and return without issues, we must work to eliminate our exposure.”

Rogers City Area Schools will also be closed Monday so contact tracing can be completed after district officials were notified of a second positive COVID-19 case on Sunday, according to the district’s Facebook page.

Roger City school district’s first positive COVID-19 case was reported on Thursday, according to the district’s COVID-19 dashboard on the school website. Both of the confirmed positive cases have been in the high school and middle school building.

Health Department officials are conducting contact tracing and will contact parents if their child is considered a close contact.

In the meantime, parents are encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms of the disease.


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