St. Michael’s High School announced late Wednesday that it would cancel classes on Thursday after more than 25 percent of the student body were absent due to extracurricular activities or “COVID-19-related issues.”
Friday is scheduled as teacher training day at the local Catholic school, and campus is closed on Mondays for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In an email on Wednesday evening, St. Michael’s President Tom Coughlan said the school plans to resume classes on Tuesday.
“We are confident that school cancellation for a day will help the large number of absent students to complete their assignments,” said Coughlan.
The school is also planning to postpone an overnight spiritual retreat for girls that was postponed this week.
“With the exception of the girls’ Kairos retreat, extracurricular activities, including athletics, will continue as planned,” said Coughlan.
In an interview earlier this week, Coughlan said the school had seen an increase in COVID-19 cases since last semester, with 18 cases confirmed between January 3 and January 11.
St. Michael’s, which has approximately 450 students enrolled in grades 7-12, doesn’t offer on-site COVID-19 testing.