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Crandon School District shutdowns school for the rest of the week due to increase in COVID-19 and other illnesses

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The Crandon School District announced Monday that it will be closing down schools for the rest of the week due to the high number of children who are sick.

The district is seeing students and staff coming down with COVID-19, RSV, Hand Foot and Mouth Disease, and other seasonal illnesses, according to a letter to parents.

Students will stay home starting Tuesday through the end of the week. All other district events this week are postponed or canceled.

During the week, custodians will deep clean all the facilities.

When students return on Monday, October 4th, all students and staff will be required to wear masks.

“We recognize that the abrupt nature of this closure is both frustrating and inconvenient however our district has worked directly the with Forest County Health Department in making this decision," said District Administrator Larry Palubicki in a video message to families on Facebook.

COVID-19 cases continue to increase at a significant rate in the district and the county.

Forest County is currently at “critically high” rates of COVID spread.

The county reported another death due to COVID on Friday, and there are currently more than 65 active cases.

In addition to require masks, cleaning procedures, and other mitigation measures, the district is urging families to keep kids home if they are sick.

“We understand this creates challenges for families. However, we cannot maintain a health school community without your health," said Palubicki.

Students are being sent home Monday with Chromebooks and learning material. Teachers will be checking in each day to make sure students are still learning.

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