Winfield elementary school goes remote due to uptick in COVID cases

USD 485 moved to remote learning at Irving Elementary School in Winfield after more than a third of students were impacted by COVID-19.
Published: Jan. 6, 2022 at 3:02 PM CST
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WINFIELD, Kan. (KWCH) - Irving Elementary School in Winfield is moving to remote learning for the next ten days. USD 465 confirmed to Eyewitness News that the move is related to the rise in COVID-19 cases at the school.

Students and staff will move to remote learning from January 7-17. Students will return to in-person learning on Tuesday, January 18.

The superintendent, Nathan Reed, says it was a hard decision, but it’s what’s best for the health and safety of students and staff.

“It’s been in the back of our mind, we weren’t certain it was going to have to happen this quickly,” said Reed.

According to the district’s COVID-19 student summary, Irving has 81 quarantines, 31 absences and 8 positives all related to COVID-19.

COVID at Irving Elementary School
COVID at Irving Elementary School

Reed says classrooms were already quarantining from each other but says cases were just too high across the building.

“We had just too many classrooms that were impacted.”

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