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Comstock Park closes all schools for in-person instruction

All Comstock Park schools are now closed to in-person instruction.

Dave Washburn, superintendent of Comstock Park Schools, said the decision to go all-virtual was made due to the number of positive COVID-19 cases among staff and students, as well as the number of staff and students quarantined.

Even before the decision, two classrooms at Pine Island Elementary and two classrooms at Stoney Creek Elementary were already learning remotely due to students out for quarantine.

“I think everybody – board members, teachers, staff and parents — believe that in-person learning is the best option; right now that’s not possible,” Washburn said. 

The current plan is to bring K-8 students back on Monday, Dec. 7. A state order currently allows for high school students to return on Dec. 9.

Washburn noted the district is in a much better position for remote learning, compared to last March. 

“We have technology for all of our students that we didn’t have in March, so we’re prepared for it,” said Washburn, who commended the community, board of education, community and staff for their support.

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Karen Gentry
Karen Gentry covers Comstock Park. She is from Evansville, Indiana and St. Joseph, Mich. and a graduate of Lake Michigan Catholic High School and Central Michigan University. She moved to the Grand Rapids area in the mid-1980s and has been a resident of Comstock Park since 2002. She understands the complexity, rewards and challenges of the teaching profession as she has five years of experience as a high school teacher at River Valley High School in Three Oaks, Mich. and St. Stephen High School in Saginaw. As a reporter for the Advance Newspapers and Mlive she covered Sparta, Kent City and Northview schools. She is happy to be reunited with some of her journalism colleagues and writing about Comstock Park Public Schools for the School News Network. Read Karen's full bio

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