Every Kalamazoo County school district urges people to follow COVID rules

The superintendents of Kalamazoo County's school districts want COVID rates to go down, but that can't happen without precautions.

Kalamazoo County’s school districts have a message for the community: Wear masks, social distance, and wash your hands.

The leaders of the county’s nine school districts and the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency released a statement Wednesday calling for the community’s help to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Several schools in Kalamazoo County have already had to close due to coronavirus infections and school leaders say there could be more if case numbers continue to rise in Kalamazoo County.

“We are asking everyone to help stop the spread of COVID-19,” reads the statement. “Our ability to offer or continue to offer face-to-face learning is dependent on how well we, as a broader community, carefully adhere to safety guidelines in our day-to-day lives.”

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Two months into the fall semester, outbreaks at Michigan K-12 schools are still increasing – albeit at a slower rate than early on. All school districts are required to publish their plans for dealing with infections and to post numbers on their websites.

Some districts have opted to continue to hold online-only classes into the spring to avoid the potential for outbreaks.

You can read the full statement here.

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