La Crescent-Hokah School District moves to distance learning – WXOW.com

LA CRESCENT, Minn. (WXOW) – Citing ‘”the quickly esclating number of COVID-19 related student and staff absences”, the La Crescent-Hokah School District is “pausing” in-person learning for the next week. 
The district made the announcement early Thursday afternoon in a message to parents and students. 
The move is for students Pre-K through 12th grade. 
On Friday, students have the day off while teachers and staff come in to prepare for distance learning beginning on Monday, January 10. 
The message said that while they considered a shorter period of time, they considered the health and safety of students and staff and made it a full week. 
During that time, school activities, practices, childcare, or outside group facility usage won’t take place. 
Below is the full message from the district. 
Dear ISD 300 families and students, In response to the quickly escalating number of Covid-19 related student and staff absences, La Crescent-Hokah Public Schools (Pre-K through 12th grade) will “pause” in-person instruction effective tomorrow, Friday, January 7, 2022, through Friday, January 14, 2022. Tomorrow, Friday, January 7, will be a non-instructional day for students while all staff report to the buildings to prepare for distance learning for Monday, January 10th-Friday, January 14th. Administration considered a shorter amount of time, but ultimately with the health and safety of students and staff in mind, the decision is to “pause” for a full week. During this “pause,” there will be no activities, practices, childcare, or outside group facility usage. We are extremely hopeful that this six-day pause will enable us to resume in-person learning and regular activities. Health and safety continue to be our top priority, and we understand the hardship this may place on families. Please continue to report your child(ren)’s symptoms and/or Covid-19 test results to the respective school attendance line (507-895-4484, follow prompts). There will be limited testing appointments available for ANY PreK-12th student (free of charge) at the secondary school location during school hours. Please call the secondary attendance line to check availability and get scheduled. Building and/or grade level communication will follow regarding student expectations for this “pause” time period. We appreciate your continued support. Gary Kuphal, Acting Superintendent Steve Smith, Secondary School Principal Josh Mallicoat, Secondary School Assistant Principal/Activities Director Jeff Copp, Elementary School Principal Beth Theede, Community Education Director

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