School closings tracker: Closures are spreading throughout northern U.S.

More schools are closing this fall after a rough start to the school year
By: | November 22, 2021

After a big drop in closures earlier this fall, more schools are now shutting down as colder weather spreads and COVID rates climb in various parts of the country.

Some districts in once-hard-hit areas of the South and Midwest areas are now even dropping their mask mandates even though vaccinations rates have only climbed slowly.

But COVID is continuing to shut down classrooms, schools and entire districts in northern states that experienced less severe outbreaks of the delta variant.

And, as many of this fall’s closures have been caused by shortages of teachers, bus drivers snd other staff as have been caused by COVID outbreaks among students.

MAP: Districts’ operational status across the U.S.

By  November, closures were climbing slightly in northern states.

ARKANSAS: Mountain Pine School District has moved its high school and elementary school to remote learning through Nov. 19.

CALIFORNIA: South Fork High School in Southern Humboldt USD is closed until Nov. 22, and will return to in-person instruction on Nov. 29.

ILLINOIS: Central Elementary School in Central School District 104 went remote for two weeks beginning Nov. 16, Fox2Now reported.

Edison Junior High School in Rock Island-Milan School District #41 has shifted to remote learning until Nov. 29. Willow Bend Elementary School in Community Consolidated School District 15 will be also remote until Nov. 29, reported.

KENTUCKY: Bourbon County Schools has shifted to “non-traditional instruction” through the Thanksgiving break. Students with internet access will participate in virtual learning but those who aren’t connected will receive packets to take home.

LOUISIANA: Students in Lafayette, Iberia, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Landry, Acadia, and Vermilion parishes are getting the entire week off, reported.

MAINE: Maine School Administrative School District No. 20, in Fort Fairfield on the Canadian border, is one remote learning until Nov. 22 “due to the inability to provide adequate substitutes for the absences of essential employees and the number of confirmed positive COVID cases,” Superintendent Timothy L. Doak said.

Mast Landing School in Regional School Unit 5 has moved to remote learning until Nov. 22 because “It has not been a good week for COVID in RSU 5,” Superintendent Becky Foley said on the district’s website.

Gardiner Regional Middle School in Maine School Administrative District No. 11 was closed Nov. 15 due to “a shortage of staff, numerous positive COVID-19 cases of both students and staff, and a quarter of the student body being identified as close contacts,” Superintendent Patricia Hopkins announced.

Winthrop Public Schools has made Nov. 22 and 23 remote learning days to “allow our schools to be ‘student-free’ for nine days to address the increase in COVID cases and to permit our staff planning and processing time,” the district says on its website.

MASSACHUSETTS: The Curley K-8 School, part of Boston Public Schools, is closed to in-person learning until Nov. 22.

MICHIGAN: Students and staff in the Detroit Public Schools Community District will be remote every Friday in December, Superintendent Nikolai P. Vitti announced this week. Administrators made the decision “after listening and reflecting on the concerns of school-based leaders, teachers, support staff, students, and families regarding the need for mental health relief, rising COVID cases, and time to more thoroughly clean schools.”

Plainwell Public Schools is closed until Nov. 29. Ann Arbor Public Schools is closing Thanksgiving week to “interrupt” transmission of COVID-19, reported. Bear Lake Schools has moved to remote learning until after the Thanksgiving break, the Manistee News Advocate reported.

Potterville Public Schools announced it will move to remote learning through Nov. 29 and Charlotte Upper Elementary School will be remote until at least Nov. 23, according to the Lansing State JournalPennfield Schools has shifted all students to remote learning until Nov. 22.

MINNESOTA: Shakopee Public Schools will close Monday and Tuesday after just this month experiencing its three highest weekly case rates since the pandemic began.

NEW JERSEY: Morristown High School, in New Jersey’s Morris School District, has shifted to remote learning until Nov. 22 and canceled all curricular activities, due to rising infections and quarantines.

NEW MEXICO: Los Lunas Schools will conduct remote instruction on Nov. 22 and 23 due to health and safety concerns.

Belen High School in Belen Consolidated Schools is on remote learning on Nov. 18 and 19. Deming Public Schools has put its high schools and middle schools on remote learning every Wednesday due to staffing constraints.

NEW YORK: Dansville Central School District will be on remote learning through Nov. 30. Gowanda Central School District has shifted to remote until after the Thanksgiving break due to “critical staff shortages.”

Harpursville Central School has shifted to remote learning until Nov. 22, Superintendent Michael Rullo announced. PS166 and Village Academy, both public schools in Queens, have closed for 10 days. Dozens of classrooms across the city have been closed temporarily due to COVID clusters, according to a New York City schools map.

OHIO: Youngstown City School District is closed on Nov. 22 and 23 due to a significant number of COVID quarantines and a shortage of substitute teachers.

OREGON: Reynolds Middle School in the Reynolds School District is shifting to distance learning from Nov. 22 to Dec. 7.

PENNSYLVANIA: Pittsburgh Public Schools will be remote on Nov. 29 due to anticipated shortages of staff, including teachers and bus drivers.

The Wattsburg Area School District has moved all its schools to virtual learning until Nov. 30. “Our schools are experiencing pandemic-related staffing shortages along with a rise in positive COVID-19 cases in the student population,” the district said on its website.

Fort LeBoeuf School District has closed Waterford and Robison elementary schools to in-person learning through Nov. 29, reported.

Rice Elementary in the Crestwood School District has gone remote until Nov. 22. Greensburg Salem Middle School, part of the Greensburg Salem School District, has moved to remote learning until Nov. 22.

RHODE ISLAND: Pilgrim High School in Warwick Public Schools in on remote learning through Nov. 19 due to a COVID outbreak that may be linked to a homecoming dance, reported.

WISCONSIN: Mosinee School District is closed on Nov. 22 and 23. School District of the Menomonie Area will close for the entire week of Thanksgiving to give teachers time to catch up on lesson planning after days missed due to COVID. : Home

William Cullen Bryant School, a middle school in Milwaukee, is on remote learning until Nov. 22, reported. Benjamin Franklin School in Milwaukee Public Schools has moved to virtual learning until Nov. 16, reported.