In letters sent by the district to parents and staff of the four affected schools, no information about COVID-19 cases or how many students and staff are in quarantine is provided. The letters do say that educators will continue to report to school and teach from their classrooms.
When asked why the four schools were moving to remote learning, Kiel said the district’s COVID-19 numbers are updated each Friday and “there are many facets to these decisions with the process being guided by DPH (Department of Public Health) recommendations.”
As of Friday, Jan. 8, each of the four schools had fewer than 5 active COVID-19 cases, according to the district’s website. The number of cumulative cases reported at the schools since the district began offering in-person learning Oct. 5 are six at Nickajack, 16 at Barber, 11 at Lindley and 31 at Hillgrove.
The district, as of Friday, had 1,921 cases that have been reported in the system since July 1. That’s up from 1,570 cases reported Dec. 18, the last day of the district’s first semester. The district, which finished the first semester with remote learning due to the uptick in cases in the community, updates its website each Friday.