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TCAPS to close middle, high schools for the rest of the week due to COVID-19

Interlochen Public Radio

Update 11/13/20: Traverse City Area Public Schools will keep the middle and high schools listed below closed through Friday, November 20, according to the district.  

Traverse City Area Public Schools will close East Middle School, West Middle School, Central High School, West Senior High School, and Traverse City High School for the rest of the week due to COVID-19. However, all elementary schools will remain open.

In an email to parents, the district said it has been hit hard by the pandemic.

"In light of immediate staffing challenges facing the school district in key areas, like noon duty aides, bus drivers, and guest teachers, and due to the need to provide adequate time for health department officials to complete contact tracing related to an increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the community, all TCAPS middle schools and high schools will move to remote learning for the remainder of the week," it reads.

TCAPS, like many other districts in northern Michigan, has seen staff members and students catch and spread the virus since moving back to in-person learning. TCAPS opened up the fall semester with two weeks of online learning.

As of Tuesday, TCAPS is only planning to have students online through Friday, November 13.

Max came to IPR in 2017 as an environmental intern. In 2018, he returned to the station as a reporter and quickly took on leadership roles as Interim News Director and eventually Assignment Editor. Before joining IPR, Max worked as a news director and reporter at Michigan State University's student radio station WDBM. In 2018, he reported on a Title IX dispute with MSU in his story "Prompt, Thorough and Impartial." His work has also been heard on Michigan Radio, WDBM and WKAR in East Lansing and NPR.