Lewistown schools likely to go to distance-learning for 2 weeks due to COVID-19

Posted at 4:46 PM, Oct 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-27 18:46:36-04

LEWISTOWN — Students at Fergus High School and Lewistown Junior High School will likely be distance-learning for the next two weeks because of COVID-19 cases in the schools.

The schools were closed Monday after the district learned over the weekend that a student and staff member at each school tested positive.

As of Tuesday, more than a dozen staff members and more than 150 students at the schools were in quarantine because they were deemed to be close contacts of the people who tested positive.

The decision was made to move to distance learning the rest of the week and Superintendent Thom Peck said Tuesday that will likely be the case next week as well.

The district is working on what Peck calls a possible A-B plan for the two schools.

"Half the kids come on an 'A' day, half the kids come on a 'B' day. We're looking at that and seeing if we can actually do that as well as maintain all of our transportation and everything,” Peck explained.

Once the plan is ready, he said, there will likely be listening sessions to get feedback from the community.