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School year off to a mostly smooth start

County health departments in Marquette and Dickinson have implemented mandatory masking measures for students under 12 years old, but the Copper Country has seen a smoother start to the school year.

Lake Linden-Hubbell School District at one point had 30 students and staff in quarantine on a precautionary basis after a few individuals tested positive for COVID-19. The isolation period has been shortened to one week, so it is not as detrimental to student attendance as it was early on in the pandemic.

Hancock has a couple of students in quarantine according to Superintendent Steve Patchin, where family members tested positive related to activities outside of school. He says the district is able to administer tests rapidly if the situation calls for it.

We do have the ability to do the instant testing, inside of our buildings, both buildings. Personally, myself, I think I have done four of them in the last five days. Again, these kits are the antigen testing kits. They’re given to us for free. We’ve got about 150 to 200 in stock and 500 on order from the state.

Lastly, Calumet Superintendent Chris Davidson says his district has not seen any problems yet, and he has even noticed that students have been eager to return to the classroom now that things are getting back to normal.

It’s been a fantastic start to the school year…staff students, everyone. It was eerie how smoothly how fast our students and staff settled into a new year. I think everybody was excited to get back under conditions that were much more normal.

Davidson says the district understands that situations are going to arise, but the focus is to keep learning the main priority, rather than other considerations, so that interruptions are held to a minimum.

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