Ludington school board to meet Friday, decide on returning to in-person learning.

April 15, 2021

Ludington school board to meet Friday, decide on returning to in-person learning.

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief.

LUDINGTON — The Ludington Area School District Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Friday, April 16 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss returning to in-person learning, effective Tuesday, April 20. 

On Monday, April 12, the board met and voted 6-1 to suspend in-person learning from Tuesday, April 13 through Monday, April 19, returning Tuesday, April 20, based on the outcome of action during the board’s regular meeting on Monday, April 19. The board also voted 6-1 to continue extracurricular activities for the week. 

Superintendent Jason Kennedy is recommending the board of education vote to return to in-person learning on April 20.

“This special meeting is being held to provide as much time as possible to assist families in planning, rather than wait until the board meeting on Monday to make this decision,” said Kennedy. 

From April 5 to today, LASD has 24 active positive COVID-19 cases; 186 close contact quarantined students; 11 professional staff members are either positive, quarantined or out providing care to their own children who have bene quarantined; additional staff members are also quarantined or out providing care to their own children who have been quarantined; three positive COVID-19 cases involving bus drivers; at least one student and one professional staff member awaiting COVID-19 test results. 

“While positive case counts continue throughout our community, we are confident that the actions to pause learning for two days, in addition to the move to remote learning for this past week, have helped reduce the spread of the virus in our schools,” Kennedy wrote in a memo to the board. “This has allowed for us to further identify and isolate positive cases associated with spring break travel, and has reduced close contact quarantines associated with these positive cases. Importantly, most of our staff will be able to return from isolation or quarantine to in-person work, on or before April 20, 2021.”

Mason County Central and Mason County Eastern have remained open to in-person learning. 

The meeting will be held online only. To access the meeting online, click here. To access the meeting by telephone (audio only), dial 1-731-599-7688, and enter 239-129-173#.

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