Flint, MI– Community members are holding a protest Dec. 31 to oppose the reopening of Genesee County schools due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

Genesee County schools are scheduled to reopen on Jan. 3, 2022, without a mask mandate in place. 

On Dec. 31, Bishop Chris Martin will join local parents, staff, and students of Genesee County school districts at Cathedral of Faith Church to protest reopening, and call on government leaders to reinstate various safety measures.

 “The Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus is highly transmissible, and schools are not safe right now, for students or staff,” Martin said in a press release. “We are recommending that schools remain closed until Tuesday, January 18th to forecast the impact of the latest COVID surge effectively.”

According to the release, the group will be calling on the Genesee County Board of Commissioners to reinstate the mask mandate for local school districts. They are also calling on the school districts to provide virtual options for students “until the surge slows down.”

The protest will take place at Cathedral of Faith Church, 6031 DuPont St., Flint, MI 48505 on Friday, Dec. 31, at 11am.

Amy Diaz

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4 replies on “Community to protest reopening Genesee County schools due to COVID-19 variant”

  1. I agree with Mr. Martin, schools should be closed until this variant slows! This one is spreading like a wildfire and people should be on lockdown! NOW! Our Governor need to get on board and I mean in a hurry.

    1. I agree with you about our Governor needs to get on board but, remember when she stood up and did the right thing in protecting Michiganders while other states were critizing her to the point people had set out to take her life. Instead of us being behind her she probably felt all alone so she decided not to go hard for the state of Michigan because she probably felt under appreciated so she stopped fighting for us and started looking out for family and herself.

  2. Kids need to be in school they have suffer enough with this its not going nowhere we might as well get use to the Covid if we will get out and get vaccinated we probaly could solve this epidemic

  3. My middle child suffered greatly with online learning. BUT… this isn’t just a cold. It can kill! Is it going to be around for awhile. Yes. Again… it KILLS. Every one who says it should stay open won’t be saying that when they lose a loved one. Does it suck. Of course it does! Will there be something like0 this or worse one day. Of course. That don’t mean we should just let it be! Maybe the school systems should make the kids education not so damn difficult! Then it wouldn’t be so hard to catch up. Teach them reasonable math. That we use every day. Teach them how to read and write. Teach them about their credit. How to live off the land. If something happened to where there was no wifi or electricity, the majority wouldn’t know what to do! Kids are suffering enough. They have the pandemic, social anxiety and depression. Online is hard enough. Being without friends is hard enough. Don’t make them also stress about what war we had in what year. Or what bx(1/2+2 3/4)= and not having a teacher explain it to each kid since we all learn different. They learn all this for what? Isn’t college supposed to be schooling that teaches them what they need to learn for the profession they are choosing? Sorry. I could go on and on. And I know I’m going to get crap for it. Bottom line they need to close schools down. And figure a different way to teach online (in general) our governor isn’t going to do it since everyone gave her crap for it. So, just enroll your children in online schools.

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