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Lac du Flambeau School District latest to go virtual among rising COVID cases


Another school district in the Northwoods is going virtual.

The Lac du Flambeau School District Board determined if 30% of students have either tested positive for COVID or are currently quarantined due to close contacts the district would go virtual, according to a letter to district families.

Between that and the number of cases in the community, the district made the decision to temporarily shift to remote learning for the next two weeks.

Lac du Flambeau Tribal Chairman John D. Johnson said child safety is top priority.

“It’s all about our youth. They’re our future. If we don’t take care of them, [we’ve failed them]. That’s my perspective as Tribal Chairman,” said Johnson.

This past Monday, Chequamegon Middle, High, and Charter Schools went virtual due to a rise in COVID cases among students.

It will be virtual for at least two-weeks. Elementary students have the option to go virtual.

Mercer School District also went virtual this week.

Students will return to the classroom Monday. There will be a testing plan in place.

Kindergarten through 6th grade students need to be tested or wear a mask when they come back. Student in grade 7 and above will go through the same process Tuesday.

District Administrator Sheri Kopka addressed the district in a video message Thursday.

“To be clear, we are in the red level and testing students once per week. So testing will only occur on Monday and Tuesday unless someone is symptomatic. This is not an everyday event,” said Kopka.

All staff will be tested or have to wear a mask.

The district will also test family members if they want.

Parents should have gotten the testing plan information and forms in the mail.

Katie Thoresen is WXPR's News Director/Vice President.
Erin Gottsacker worked at WXPR as a Morning Edition host and reporter from December 2020 to January 2023. During her time at the station, Erin reported on the issues that matter most in the Northwoods.
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