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Michigan families suing health department, schools over mask order

BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. -- Three families are suing the Berrien County Health Department and several schools over the school mask public health order issued on September 1. The lawsuit calls the order unenforceable, ambiguous, vague, lacking legal authority and abuse of discretion. They allege state legislators illegally delegated their authority...
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Andrews University Marks Fifth Annual Change Day

Andrews University is feeling the spirit of community following its fifth annual Change Day, which was held last week. It was a day of volunteerism throughout the community as teams from Andrews fanned out across southwest Michigan to make a difference. Andrews tells us more below:. Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021,...
BERRIEN COUNTY, MI
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DNR nears deal to buy 800 acres from Andrews University

BERRIEN SPRINGS — Berrien and Buchanan townships could soon be home to one of the largest state recreational areas in the southern half of the state. The township boards recently gave their support to a plan that would allow the Michigan Department of Natural Resources buy more than 800 acres from Andrews University.
BERRIEN COUNTY, MI
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COVID cases decrease in Berrien County schools following mask mandate

Berrien County schools have seen more than a 50 percent decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases in students and staff since the Berrien County Health Department implemented its mask mandate in educational settings, health officials reported Wednesday. Courtney Davis, acting health officer for the BCHD, reported during a Facebook...
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Lake Michigan College sees surge in student enrollment

BENTON TOWNSHIP — Lake Michigan College’s headcount has bounced back from COVID-19 admission losses, college officials announced Tuesday. For fall classes, 3,173 students are enrolled; compared to last fall, when it was at 2,498 – marking a 675 student (27 percent) jump. Vice President of Student Affairs Nygil Likely presented these numbers to the board Tuesday night.
BERRIEN COUNTY, MI
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Mask mandate heads to Sept. 30 court hearing

ST. JOSEPH — An emergency motion for a temporary restraining order against the Berrien County Health Department’s mask mandate in pre-K to 12th grade education settings was denied last week by Berrien County Trial Court Judge Dennis Wiley. However, Wiley allowed to move forward a request for a preliminary injunction,...
SAINT JOSEPH, MI
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School Board Holds Off On Building Demolitions

Bnton Harbor Area Schools won’t be tearing down some of its unused, blighted buildings just yet. The board of education this past week voted to table the question of demolishing Bard Elementary, Martindale Elementary, and the North Shore School. Trustee Trenton Bowens said at Tuesday’s board meeting it’s time to acknowledge those facilities can’t be repaired.
BERRIEN COUNTY, MI
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Mask mandate preliminary injunction set for Sept. 30 hearing

ST. JOSEPH — An emergency motion for a temporary restraining order against the Berrien County Health Department’s mask mandate in pre-K to 12th grade education settings was denied last week by Berrien County Trial Court Judge Dennis Wiley. However, Wiley allowed to move forward a request for a preliminary injunction,...
SAINT JOSEPH, MI
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Updates on Ongoing Steps to Keeping Andrews Safe

We wanted to share a couple of quick updates confirming important details about our journey together this new school year with the continued threat of the global COVID-19 pandemic and impact of the Delta variant:. As there is still a significant level of infection, hospitalization and community spread of COVID-19...
BERRIEN SPRINGS, MI
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Berrien County commissioners take comments on school mask mandate

Berrien County commissioners listened to a crowd of residents this morning upset over the support given to the county health department at an earlier commission meeting. Speakers today were largely against the health department’s mask mandate for school children, which went into effect September 1st. They say the mandate is...
BERRIEN COUNTY, MI
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Lakeshore schools cancels meeting after people refuse to wear masks

STEVENSVILLE — Lakeshore school board’s meeting was canceled Wednesday night after several people in the audience refused to put on face masks. Board President Jason Beckrow started the meeting reading a statement about the school board’s obligation to follow the Berrien County Health Department’s public health order requiring masks be worn in education settings to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
STEVENSVILLE, MI
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Andrews University Celebrates Fifth Change Day

Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, marked the fifth anniversary of Change Day. By: Isabella Koh, University Communication student writer. Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, marked the fifth anniversary of Andrews University’s Change Day. Each year—in line with its mission to “Seek Knowledge. Affirm Faith. Change the World.”—the University has sought new ways to serve its surrounding community.
BERRIEN SPRINGS, MI
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New Buffalo Area Schools among county’s best on standardized tests

NEW BUFFALO — New Buffalo Area Schools students have recently aced a series of standardized tests. Superintendent Dr. Jeff Leslie reported to the Board of Education on Sept. 13 that results from the MSTEP (3rd through 7th grade English Language Arts and Math, with Science and Social Studies in 5th, 8th and 11th grades), PSAT (8th, 9th and 10th grades) and SAT (11th grade) tests show New Buffalo Area Schools pupils among the county leaders in a variety of measurements.
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Commission Hears Opposition To Mask Mandate For Schools

Following a lengthy meeting Thursday during which dozens of people spoke out against the county’s mask mandate for schools, the Berrien County Board of Commissioners is slated to reconsider a resolution it approved on August 26 expressing its support for the county health department’s COVID-19 mitigation practices. Nearly three hours of public comments were taken during Thursday’s commission meeting, most of them in opposition to a mask rule in schools. Commissioner Ezra Scott said he’ll have a proposal at next week’s meeting.
BERRIEN COUNTY, MI
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Parents, community members protest mask mandate in Berrien County schools

BUCHANAN — Tuesday morning, the sidewalk in front of Buchanan High School was decorated with signs saying “unmask our kids,” “let parents choose how to parent,” and “freedom over fear” as community members and parents protested a newly effective mask mandate in schools. Organized through the Berrien County Parents for...
BERRIEN COUNTY, MI
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People Protest Berrien County School Mask Mandate

Today is the first day all students, staff, and visitors to Berrien County schools need to wear a mask indoors. The order was issued by the Berrien County Health Department late last month. Several parents protested the order outside Lakeshore High School this morning, Others protested at St. Joseph schools, even though that district had already enacted a mask mandate before the health department acted. Lakeshore schools have been in session for a week, while today was the first day for St. Joseph. Opponents of students wearing masks argue it is child abuse and contend children cannot get COVID-19 or are at low risk. Case data from the state refutes both of those arguments. Children younger than 12 are not yet eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19, which was among the reasons for the mandate.
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