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As COVID-19 Cases Surge, Lansing School District Delays In-Person Instruction For Fourth Time


Amid a continuing COVID-19 surge in Michigan, The Lansing School District is delaying in-person instruction again. The new date for returning to in-person hybrid instruction is April 26th.

Lansing Board of Education President Gabrielle Lawrence said they’re basing their decision on the number of infected Ingham County residents.

“It's more than 10 times what we consider to be a safe number. So it's really clear that it's simply not a safe time to have kids returning to in-person learning," she said. 

Sam Sinicropi, the superintendent for the Lansing School District, echoed Lawrence's concerns. 

"Our number one goal is the safety and health of our students, staff, and families. And the metrics and what's going on in the Ingham County area, the past four or five weeks, just don't work for us," he added.

The Lansing School District is following recommendations from the Ingham County Health Department. The district will return to its planned hybrid model on April 26 as long as the county’s COVID-19 rate falls to five positive cases per 100,000 tests. Currently, there are 64 daily new cases per 100,000 tests.

As WKAR's Bilingual Latinx Stories Reporter, Michelle reports in both English and Spanish on stories affecting Michigan's Latinx community.
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