Three school districts temporarily close buildings  

Students continue to learn remotely

MECOSTA, OSCEOLA COUNTIES — Over the past week, several school districts have closed down school buildings and shifted to online learning after a rise in COVID-19 cases.

Most recently, Crossroads Charter Academy switched to virtual learning for all students Friday, following a case of COVID-19 at the elementary school.

Students will return to in-person learning Nov. 9.

Also in Mecosta County, Big Rapids Public Schools shifted to virtual learning for all students in sixth through 12th grade.

The announcement was made Oct. 19, after several COVID-19 cases were reported at the high school and middle school.

According to the school district's COVID-19 dashboard, there have been four cases each at the middle and high school. One staff member also has tested positive for COVID-19.

Students at Brookside and Riverview Elementary Schools, as well as fifth-graders at Big Rapids Middle School, will continue to learn face-to-face. Other students will return to in-person learning Nov. 2.

In Osceola County, Reed City Area Public Schools closed G.T. Norman Elementary School on Oct. 20, after a staff member at the school tested positive for COVID-19.

G.T. Norman students will return to face-to-face learning Nov. 4.

According to its COVID-19 dashboard, the school district has reported three confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Health officials have said it is critical for people to continue taking the following steps:

• Wear face coverings in public.

• Stay home when sick.

• Covering coughs and sneezes.

• Socially distance at least 6 feet from non-household members.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

• Routinely clean frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning wipe or spray.