Local schools have provided the Argus with a COVID-19 update. Area schools have been frequently updating families of their district with any changes and updates as well.
Wautoma Area School District has reported nine total active cases as of Oct. 12. The school has also switched to a hybrid model of learning. Wautoma schools have been following proper safety procedures. The district has also been working closely with Public Health officials to identify close contacts and informing those who should quarantine for 14 days.
Wild Rose School District has had three students and two staff members test positive as of Oct. 12. Of those five cases, two have recovered and there is one active staff member case and two active student cases. District Administrator Craig Hayes commented “We are seeing a rise in positive cases outside of our students and staff that have an impact on us for close contacts. Students and/or staff members are being identified as close contacts and we are sending home anyone that is a close contact and all household members of those close contacts. It is important that all persons associated with the School District of Wild Rose work in a cooperative manner to provide the best education possible when needing to send a student into the remote learning program.”
The district is still in their PURPLE instructional model, with all students attending. If the district continues to have the number of close contacts associated with their district they may need to shift into their Gold (hybrid model) or PINK (virtual) instructional models.
Tri-County schools have had two more positive cases since the previous COVID-19 update. Anthony Marinack, District Administrator, stated “We have adjusted our school calendar to allow one Friday a month for the next four months to be a half day, all students virtual to allow for more Professional Development time for staff in the afternoon. The first one being this Friday, October 16. We are continuing to work closely with our Waushara County School Nurse and the Waushara County Health Department to follow their guidelines and assistance.”
Almond-Bancroft has seen seven individuals test positive since the beginning of the year and 30 test negative. On Oct. 12, an individual tested positive and Almond’s entire eighth grade class has been quarantined for 14 days. The district will be starting virtual learning Fridays this week to allow more planning time for teachers who are juggling both in-person and virtual learning environments. They have 59 students who are attending school virtually.