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Jefferson County COVID-19 cases have increased, causing school officials to continue distance learning through December

HOLLY SCHOLZ/MADRAS PIONEER - Culver Elementary School third-grader Jasmine Herd Leach attends school two hours each school day. The Culver School District has put a hold on the planned Nov. 30 full onsite opening.

A rise in Jefferson County COVID-19 positive cases has caused Culver School District leaders to put a hold on the planned Nov. 30 full onsite opening.

"It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing that all plans for onsite school or online with Edgenuity are put on hold," said Culver School District Superintendent Stefanie Garber in a letter to families Friday, Nov. 13.

She noted the 50 positive cases in the county in the last 12 days. Local active cases needed to stay under 30 total for 14 days in order for the district to be able to open up with full days of onsite school.

The district will continue with the current Comprehensive Distance Learning model through December, which includes many students attending school onsite in two-hour cohorts. Meals, transportation and class times will all stay the same.

Garber said it is expected that COVID-19 cases will continue to increase with the Thanksgiving holiday coming.

"When we see a two-week span with less than 30 cases and a trend that is stable, we will try again for onsite school and online with Edgenuity," Garber said. "The district shares in frustration and resilience fatigue with everyone about this 'wait and see' predicament."

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