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District shifts to hybrid schedule for two weeks

Byron Center  –An increase in quarantined students and the number of students in isolation (see district COVID-19 dashboard) has led to a shift to hybrid instruction at West Middle School and Byron Center High School.  

In a letter to parents, Superintendent Kevin Macina said he and administrators, after discussion with the Kent County Health Department, determined that beginning April 19 the district’s seventh- through 12th-grade schools would shift to the hybrid schedule for two weeks “as we continue to review our situation,” with the hope of returning to fully in-person learning on May 3.  

Also, Forest Hills district middle and high schools are hybrid through April 23, as they have been since school resumed following Spring Break. Lowell High School has been hybrid since March 29 and will remain so, officials said, “until pandemic-related circumstances indicate that we can safely return to full in-person attendance without significant risk of quarantine due to close contact and contact tracing.”

In Byron Center, the Early Childhood Center, Brown, Countryside, Marshall and Nickels, which have low numbers of students in quarantine and isolation, will remain fully in-person with no change in their instructional model.

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio

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