Shepherd to reopen school after COVID-19 case

Posted at 8:36 AM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 10:36:24-04

SHEPHERD — Shepherd will reopen its schools Wednesday after a two-day closure, and district officials vowed not to order another similar short closure following a small outbreak of COVID-19.

Superintendent Drea O'Donnell wrote on the school's Facebook page Tuesday that the school is boosting cleaning after a positive case was reported Monday.

"The reality of having COVID-19 in our communities is real, but closing our doors each time there is a case is unrealistic," O'Donnell wrote. "After many conversations yesterday, we have determined we are going to do what’s best for our children and their educational future."

"We know the challenges that were put on our families on Sunday and that cannot continue to happen. Our children need to be educated and our parents need to have the comfort and reliability in knowing our schools will be open."

"We will not be doing a 2-day closure when we have a positive case within our system. We will be enhancing our daily cleaning operations to help with disinfecting."

Classes began for K-6 and ninth-graders on Aug. 19, and classes for 7-8 and 10-12 began Aug. 20.

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