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High school closes due to positive COVID-19 cases

Caledonia High School is closed for in-person instruction through Friday, Sept. 11, after five students and one staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

For the next two weeks, learning will be conducted online and all other Caledonia Community school buildings remain open for in-person learning. The Kent County Health Department also recommended postponing athletics and extracurricular activities until the building can reopen safely. 

Following the high school’s closure on Friday, Aug. 28, the CCS school board and KCHD assessed the impact of the outbreak and identified over 100 individuals who were exposed. These students have been asked to get tested for COVID-19 and self quarantine to avoid further spread.

“The district continues to work with the Kent County Health Department and will make adjustments as necessary,” Superintendent Dedrick Martin said. “We wish for a quick and full recovery for all students and families impacted.”

The High School administration will provide staff and students with teaching and learning instructions and updates about what to expect over the next two weeks. 

District leaders also ask families to monitor their children for any onset of symptoms related to COVID-19. Anyone who experiences symptoms or may have been exposed should get tested, stay at home and avoid contact with other individuals. 
The KCHD offers free COVID-19 screenings at multiple sites via appointment or walk-in; visit its website for more information. CCS will continue to keep students, staff and families informed about decisions moving forward.

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Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark is a reporter covering Byron Center, Caledonia, Godfrey-Lee, Kenowa Hills and Thornapple Kellogg. She grew up in metro Detroit and her journalism journey brought her west to Grand Rapids via Michigan State University where she covered features and campus news for The State News. She also co-authored three 100-question guides to increase understanding and awareness of various human identities, through the MSU School of Journalism. Following graduation, she worked as a beat reporter for The Ann Arbor News, covering stories on education, community, prison arts and poetry, before finding her calling in education reporting and landing at SNN. Alexis is also the author of a poetry chapbook, “Learning to Sleep in the Middle of the Bed.”


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