GRAND HAVEN, MI — Public schools in the Grand Haven Area will be closed for an additional two days during Thanksgiving week to help with ongoing workforce challenges and increasing COVID-19 cases.
Superintendent Andrew Ingall announced that the school will be canceled on Monday, Nov. 22 and Tuesday, Nov. 23, giving students and staff a week-long break before Thanksgiving, according to an email sent to families this week. The neighborhood would already have a Thanksgiving break on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday that week.
Ingall said the two days off will help maintain “the health and safety” of students and staff.
“Given the number of COVID-19 cases in the district, the daily staffing challenges and the impact of the increased number of cases in our province, we have decided to temporarily close the entire district,” Ingall wrote in the Nov. 18 message.
“We believe this action will enable students and staff to return from Thanksgiving Break in better health, ready to resume teaching and learning during the three weeks leading up to the Winter Break.”
The district is using two of the state-assigned emergency days, often used for snow days, to cancel school next week. Students won’t have to make up any extra days this summer unless the district exceeds six emergency days for the school year, Ingall said.
Several school districts across the state have also canceled school for the entire week of Thanksgiving in an effort to reduce school-related stress and anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic.
Muskegon and Ypsilanti are among the school districts in Michigan and nationwide that will be closed next week to give students and staff a “mental health and wellness break” and prevent illness and burnout.
Grand Rapids Public Schools announced this week that students and staff will have two additional days off for “COVID-19 Wellness Days” in December. There will be no classes on Friday, December 3 and Friday, December 10, giving students and staff a break to care for their social, emotional, health and mental wellbeing, school leaders said.
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