Detroit Public Schools Cancel Classes For COVID Testing

(WXYZ) – The Detroit Public School Community District announced Friday that the district is canceling all in-person, online and virtual learning Monday through Wednesday for all employees to test for COVID.

The district said testing will be free at its 10 sites. They would then look at the infection rate by Wednesday and decide how to proceed with the learning.

Students are also encouraged to take a free test Monday through Friday at their 10 locations.

“Due to the Omicron variant and the low vaccination rates, the city faces a record infection rate of 36%. Infection rates are also high statewide and at the county level. If schools open as scheduled on Monday, it is inevitable that we are faced with a high number of positive cases which will lead to high rates of quarantine and staff shortages, disrupting the functioning of schools, ”said Dr Nikolai Vitti, director of the DPSCD, in a statement.

The district is also implementing a mandatory employee vaccination policy starting Feb. 18, and all students will be required to take a COVID test or they will be required to attend virtual classes starting Jan.31, the statement said.

Dr Vitti also said that a “mandate to vaccinate students is likely by the first day of the next school year”.

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