Two Twin Lakes Area school districts have announced that some or all of their students will transition to online instruction for the coming weeks.
The Norfork School District announced Saturday that its classrooms would be closed to on-site instruction beginning Monday and continuing through Nov. 24. The district already planned to be closed Nov. 25-27 for the Thanksgiving holiday and in-class instruction will resume Nov. 30, the district said.
The Cotter School District also announced on Saturday that its high school students — freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors — will switch to remote learning beginning Monday and continue through Nov. 20. Students in kindergarten through eighth grade will continue with in-class instruction, and buses will continue to run as normal, the district said.
In a social media post Saturday, the Cotter School District said the decision to switch high school students to online instruction was due to the number of students and staff in quarantine for possible COVID-19 exposure.
Learning zones will be available on campus for high school students not in quarantine but needing to access to the internet, lesson assistance, meals or supervision, the district said.
The Norfork School District on Wednesday announced that 11 elementary students and seven high school students were being quarantined and that two students had tested positive for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. One staff member had tested positive for the virus, and seven staff members were also in quarantine with two additional staffers potentially quarantining while awaiting the test results of family members.
The district would have staff members on campus weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., it said, and other staff members involved with virtual learning from home. Internet service is available from anywhere on campus, and hot spots had also bee set up around Norfork, including the historic Jacob Wolf House.