Rockford high school switches to online learning as positive coronavirus cases climb

ROCKFORD, MI – Rockford High School and the Rockford Freshman Center will switch to online-only learning for the next two weeks after at least 17 students have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

In the past few weeks, 416 students in grades 9-12 have been placed in self-quarantine after coming into close contact with positive cases, Rockford Superintendent Michael Shibler wrote in an Oct. 10 post to the district website.

Shibler said health officials from the Kent County Health Department called him Saturday urging the superintendent to close the high school and freshman center buildings for 14 days as a result of increasing coronavirus cases.

High school students will use the same remote instructional model they had used when the district conducted online-only learning for the first two weeks of school.

The two buildings will remain closed to students until Friday, Oct. 23, Shibler said. Teachers will have access to

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