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UPDATE: Florence County Schools remain virtual this week

Two individuals at Florence County Elementary School have tested positive for COVID-19, causing the school district to make the decision to switch to virtual learning.
wo individuals at Florence County Elementary School have tested positive for COVID-19, causing...
wo individuals at Florence County Elementary School have tested positive for COVID-19, causing the school district to make the decision to switch to virtual learning beginning on Thursday, November 5.(WLUC)
Published: Nov. 4, 2020 at 6:07 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 10, 2020 at 10:41 AM EST
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FLORENCE COUNTY, Wis. (WLUC) - UPDATE: Florence County Schools are still conducting virtual classes this week.

Additional people in the school system tested positive for COVID-19, and to allow for proper contact tracing, the school district will remain virtual through Friday, Nov. 13 at Florene County Elementary and High School.

“We appreciate everyone’s collective commitment in our efforts to sustain in-person instruction for out students, unfortunately, like so many other schools, we must now close for an extended period of time," said District Administrator Ben Niehaus.

Niehaus said they will make a determination about the week of Nov. 16 later this week, with the goal of returning to in-person learning as soon as possible.

Visit the school’s website for more information and updates.

ORIGINAL STORY: Two individuals at Florence County Elementary School have tested positive for COVID-19, causing the school district to make the decision to switch to virtual learning beginning on Thursday, November 5.

In a letter to parents and guardians, District Administrator Ben Niehaus wrote that parents have been contacted by school district staff if their child was a close contact, but that they will continue to move through the list of students impacted into this evening. It is possible that further contacts may be identified.

The letter also stated that the district is struggling to adequately staff both Florence County High and Elementary school due to the quarantines, which has also been a factor in moving to virtual learning. According to the letter, a decision on reopening for face-to-face instruction will be made on Friday, November 6.

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