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Libby Elementary School moves to remote learning due to COVID-19 staffing shortage

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Posted at 11:17 AM, Nov 17, 2020

LIBBY — Libby Elementary School has moved to remote learning due to COVID-19.

Libby Schools Superintendent Ron Goodman tells MTN News that 15 staff members have tested positive for the virus or are in quarantine due to close contact to a positive case.

Goodman says the elementary school is also seeing an increasing number of students that have tested positive or are symptomatic.

Libby Middle School and Libby High School transitioned to remote learning last week.

Goodman says there are more than 100 students and staff currently quarantined due to the coronavirus.

He says the elementary, middle and high schools in Libby will continue remote learning through Nov. 30.

Goodman says families should prepare for transitions between in-person instruction and remote learning to continue for the foreseeable future.

“I don’t think anyone wants to get good at remote learning because they don’t want to stay there, but it is just a fact of life that probably for the next months in Northwestern Montana it’s going to be virus friendly weather,” said Goodman.

Other schools in the district, including Central School and Plummer Preschool and Head Start, will remain open at this time for in-person instruction.

Goodman says the district will deliver free meals Tuesdays and Thursdays via Harlow’s Bus Service. The delivery will arrive approximately four hours later than the normal morning pickup.

Children do not have to be present for meal pick-up.