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Update: Rawlins County Public Schools changes part of decision on shift to remote learning

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Published: Sep. 15, 2020 at 3:00 PM CDT
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ATWOOD, Kan. (KWCH) - Update Tuesday night, Set. 15, 2020: The Rawlins County school district changed part of its decision to shift to remote learning. The district announced it would move to online classes and cancel activities for two weeks after multiple COVID-19 exposures. Tuesday night, the school board voted to resume junior and senior high school classes and activities in-person, starting Thursday.

Elementary students will continue remote learning and the school board will meet Friday night to decide when those students will return to class.

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Rawlins County Public Schools announced on Tuesday that it will go to full remote learning for the next two weeks after multiple positive tests for COVID-19 in the district.

In a letter posted on the district’s Facebook page, Superintendent Eric Stoddard said due to the new positive cases and quarantine mandates, USD 105 will dismiss at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, and students will return to school on Sept. 30. All activities and practices are also canceled until Sept. 30.

Stoddard said USD 105 and the Rawlins County Public Health Department are working together to identify close contacts of the individuals.

If you DO NOT receive a phone call, and you feel your child is a close contact, you are asked to call the Rawlins County Public Health Department at 785-626-3968.

“In the meantime, know that USD 105 will continue with our safety and health protocols. These protocols include recommending masks, sanitizing hands, wiping down equipment and other sanitizing processes. Don’t Panic-we will get through this together,” Stoddard said.

Rawlins County was one of the last Kansas counties to report cases of COVID-19.

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