WYOMING, Michigan (WOOD) — Several West Michigan school districts have decided to extend the Thanksgiving holiday due to illness and staff shortages.
Several school districts, including Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools, Muskegon Public Schools, and Public Schools in Wyoming, cancel classes on Mondays and Tuesdays to give students the entire week of Thanksgiving.
The expansion gives students nine days away from the classroom. Superintendents say the extra days off will provide an opportunity to clean school buildings and take breaks for students and staff to get healthy.
In recent weeks, many districts in western Michigan have seen a rise in illness, leading to attendance issues and staff shortages.
On Tuesday, Spectrum Health officials said the Grand Rapids-based health system had 367 COVID-19-positive patients in its hospitals, the most of it has had the whole pandemic. After seeing a slow increase in COVID-19 hospitals for months, officials say there has been a dramatic spike in the past week.