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Back to school five days a week for Comstock Park schools

Comstock Park — All Comstock Park schools will be open five days a week for in-person instruction for the first time starting today, March 8. 

Dave Washburn, superintendent of Comstock Park Public Schools, said the administration made the decision in conjunction with the Comstock Park Board of Education, local health officials and staff. 

“Based on the current local data provided through the ISD and health department, our COVID related data has improved tremendously within our district,” Washburn said. 

He commended the community for monitoring symptoms and communicating with the district when possible, probable and positive cases have arisen, and kept kids home when they were unsure. He praised the students’ willingness to follow robust safety protocols and requirements. He said positive cases have declined drastically.

The number of students in buildings has been reduced because many families have chosen remote, virtual learning for the school year. Although in-person instruction has been happening, all schools were closed for cleaning on Wednesdays.

“We felt that the academic and social emotional supports available at school outweighed the current risk factors,” Washburn said. 

He noted the decision is fluid and could change quickly, and that a transition back to several other options implemented this year is possible.

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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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