23% of students were absent on Tuesday
The Bayfield School District announced Tuesday that classes, academic events and other scheduled activities have been postponed for the remainder of the week due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.
Twenty teachers were in quarantine after being exposed to the virus or testing positive, and 23% of the student body was absent by the end of Tuesday, Superintendent Kevin Aten said.
The school district employs just under 100 teachers and about 170 staff members, Aten said.
The announcement was posted on the school district’s website, emailed to parents, and posted on the district’s Facebook page.
“We know this really is the safest thing for our school and our community,” Aten said. “As an excess of precaution, we will be closing for a few days.
Aten said a meeting with custodial and maintenance staff members was held on Tuesday and that deep cleaning and disinfection of school buildings and facilities, including transportation, would be carried out this week.
Basketball games have been canceled and two community meetings to explore the possibility of moving to a four-day school week have been postponed.
Aten said the school district views a four-day school week as a teacher recruitment and retention tool.
“One hundred and sixteen of 178 school districts are already on a four-day week, and I don’t think people realize that,” Aten said. “It’s a clear majority.”
Aten said the decision to cancel classes and postpone community meetings was a difficult decision but one that the district does not take lightly, and the district is doing everything it can to keep students, staff and community members.
In a community announcement released in August ahead of the 2021-22 school year, the Bayfield School District said it welcomes and recommends mask-wearing for all who enter its facilities, but does not require no masks for staff or students, regardless of vaccination. status.