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Schools closed to stem spread of COVID

On Tuesday, Oct. 20, Kelloggsville Superintendent Samuel Wright was one of 46 area superintendents who signed a letter warning about the dangers of rising rates of COVID-19 in West Michigan.

That letter noted that in the face of rising COVID cases, “schools may be asked to shift to a distance learning instructional model either periodically or for an extended period of time until cases decline.”

Just two days later, Wright signed another letter, this one addressed to his parents, letting them know that today, Oct. 23, and Monday, Oct. 26, both Kelloggsville Middle School and Kelloggsville High School would indeed be moving to remote learning.

The reason, Wright wrote, was “several students/staff that have exhibited COVID symptoms.”

Added Wright: “We are confident that closing the school will result in containing the spread of COVID and that our students will be able to return to a very safe learning environment.”

The plan, Wright said, was for in-person students at the two shuttered schools to resume in-person classes on Tuesday. And, he noted, all of the district’s elementary schools were still open for in-person classes.

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Phil de Haan
Phil de Haan
Phil de Haan covers East Grand Rapids and Kelloggsville and is the lead reporter for Grand Rapids. He hails from Exeter, Ontario (but has called Grand Rapids home since 1985) and is the son of a longtime public school teacher who taught both English and machine shop. Phil took both classes at South Huron District High School, but English stuck, and at Calvin College, where he met his wife, Sue, he majored in English and minored in journalism. His background includes both journalism and public relations, including teaching an advertising and PR course at the college level for almost a decade. In the summer of 2019, he began his own writing and communications business, de Haan Communications. In his spare time, Phil plays pick-up hockey and pickleball and tries to keep tabs on his two adult children. Read Phil's full bio


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