KPS implements mask mandate amid rise in COVID-19 cases

By: 
Chris Dobrowolski

KALKASKA — Amid a rising number of COVID-19 positive cases and students who are currently quarantined as a result of close contact, Kalkaska Public Schools Superintendent Rick Heitmeyer announced a universal mask mandate inside KPS buildings, effective Wednesday, Sept. 15 through the end of September.

The announcement was made via video on social media and the district web page on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

“We know that many of our families wanted the opportunity to choose whether or not their students would wear masks to school,” Heitmeyer began the video. “However, our attendance has dropped greatly due to the number of quarantines caused by positive COVID-19 cases here at school.”

According to Heitmeyer, more than 200 students in the district were quarantined because of close contact with someone at the school who is among the 22 positive cases that have been recorded. Because of that spike the district opted to implement the mask mandate for students and staff, as well as any visitors to school buildings.

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