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In Flint, No Sneeze Guards, No School — Despite $53K+ Per Pupil In Promised COVID Bucks

Flint Community Schools Superintendent Anita Steward sent a letter to the community on Feb. 25, alerting local residents to a lack of sneeze guards that has prevented the district from resuming in-person classes.

The Flint school district says it intends to adopt a combination of in-person and online instruction for the rest of the school year.

“To that end, I am writing to inform you that we are working around the clock to resolve the issue related to our sneeze guards, which prevented the return to hybrid learning this week,” Steward wrote. “We do not yet have a scheduled date for returning to in-person learning. However, we will keep the community informed and will announce a new date for the return as soon as possible.”

The school district said in a Facebook post that sneeze guards were "an additional safely measure that, while not a requirement for in-person learning, is something our Board members, families and staff have expressed a strong desire to have in place."

Flint Community Schools is projected to receive nearly $166 million in COVID-19 federal aid through three relief bills. That’s about $53,550 per pupil, based on the district’s reported enrollment of 3,099 students in fall of 2020.

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