St. Patrick’s School in Brighton goes online
January 16, 2022
By Jon King / [email protected]
Another Livingston County school is returning to online learning amid an increase in COVID-19 cases.
In an email to parents sent on Saturday evening, St. Patrick’s Catholic School in Brighton said pupils would be learning from home next week due to the continued rise in cases.
“We thank our families for your flexibility as we continue to maneuver during these times when the number of positive cases is at an all-time high,” the email said. “We hope that by keeping our students at home for a week, it will slow the spread of Covid in our building and allow more students to attend in-person learning in the following weeks.”
He went on to say that many classrooms “have had a large number of students absent and we have also had a lot of staffing issues with the significant under-shortage at the moment.”
St. Patrick’s joins several other county schools that have had to move to online learning due to increased cases and staff absences. On Thursday, it was announced that Highlander Way Middle School in Howell will go live next week after several COVID clusters were identified there. Similar clusters were also discovered at Southwest Elementary. Scranton Middle School in Brighton is also live, which will be for the next two weeks.
Additionally, COVID-related staffing shortages forced community schools in Fowlerville to close on Friday, though they are expected to resume in-person learning on Tuesday. Additionally, several schools in the Hartland Consolidated District, including Lakes and Creekside Elementary Schools and Farms Middle School, are requiring students to wear masks for the next two weeks.
Livingston County school districts resisted enforcing blanket mask mandates and instead took advantage of an alternative plan offered by the Livingston County Health Department (LCHD) allowing students to avoid quarantine s wear a mask, don’t have any symptoms and take a district-provided home COVID test.