Columbus schools announce restart strategy to avoid virtual learning

Photo of Columbus High School within the Columbus School District.
Photo of Columbus High School within the Columbus School District.(NBC15)
Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 2:32 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 13, 2022 at 2:42 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The Columbus School District released a letter to families Tuesday detailing a restart strategy for students and staff amid a rise in COVID-19 cases among staff.

The letter stated that since the return from the holiday break, over 40 staff members have experienced COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to COVID-19 or tested positive.

Because the staff remaining in the buildings are covering classrooms and filling assignments, the district says staff are exhausted and overwhelmed. The amount of illness between students and staff have pushed the district dangerously close to needing to return to virtual learning.

To allow for recovery time for families, students and staff who may be experiencing illness, the district announced there will be no school on Tuesday, Jan. 18. Built in minutes will accommodate for this extra day off.

Students already are scheduled to have off of school on Friday, Jan. 14 and Monday, Jan. 17, so this additional day off will give students a combined five days off.

The letter stated that the goal of this decision is to maintain face-to-face teaching and learning.

During this break, there will be no COVID-19 testing, all buildings will be closed and all activities will be canceled.

The district is encouraging families, students and staff to use the extra time off as a “staycation” to recover from illness and allow a successful restart.

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