A Western Michigan district cancels school until Nov. 16

NEWAYGO, Mich. (AP) – A school district in western Michigan is shutting down until Nov. 16 because of COVID-19, other illnesses and staff absences. The Newaygo district is in Newaygo County, about 40 miles north of Grand Rapids. It has approximately 1,500 students.

Superintendent Jeff Wrights says there weren’t enough substitute teachers to fill the gap. Wright says a school day doesn’t count if a school can’t meet a 75% student attendance threshold. Next Monday was already scheduled as a day off. The lost days will be treated as snow days.