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Corvallis Primary School closing on site classes due to spike in COVID cases

Posted at 10:46 PM, Oct 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-27 10:16:48-04

CORVALLIS — Faced with a spike in positive COVID-19 cases, and an "extensive" list of close contacts, the Corvallis School Board is approving a plan to close the Primary School to on site learning.

After a fairly quiet start to the school year with precautions like student masks and social district, Corvallis is now feeling the effects of the surge in coronavirus cases in the Bitterroot. Monday the district reported 12 active cases in the school with 7 in the Primary School, two at the Middle School and 3 in the high school.

Under the plan recommended by the administrators and approved by the board, the Primary School will close immediately through November 6th, with grades 2 through 4 getting their lessons through Google Classroom, and younger students picking up instructional packets on Wednesday, with teachers providing further details to parents.

The district is also recommending students and families "stay home as much as possible" between now, and when classes resume November 9th to try and slow the spread of the virus in Corvallis.

Administrators said they are working directly with the Ravalli County Health Department to take care of contact tracing.