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Alpena Schools head off spread, return to remote learning

ALPENA, Mich.– Alpena Public Schools are resuming remote learning.

Officials said they’re returning to fully digital instruction at all grade levels starting Monday, April 19.

The decision is a response to a projected rise in COVID–19 cases in Alpena county, as well as what officials describe as “a steady and unmanageable increase” in positive cases related to school attendance.

Superintendent David Rabbideau said while the board hopes to return to school on May 3, nothing is set in stone.

“While we would love to say that we’re gonna be in great shape– the county, the school district, the region– we just have to evaluate closer to that date to make the decision.”

Rabbideau added that multiple individuals who tested positive for the virus, some of whom were symptomatic, knowingly entered APS buildings.