Aquinas Middle School switches to virtual learning, asks football team to quarantine

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Aquinas Catholic Schools decided to move the system’s middle school to virtual learning for two weeks, at the same time asking members of the seventh- and eighth-grade football team and students in a specific middle school homeroom, to quarantine for 14 days.
School officials made the decisions, announced Tuesday in a message to parents and guardians, in consultation with the La Crosse County Health Department, said the message from Aquinas Middle School Principal Denise Ring.
Since a number of students are positive in a specific homeroom class, students in that homeroom are asked to quarantine until Oct. 13, Ring wrote. The students should remain in quarantine for the recommended time even if they get tested and results are negative, according to the message, a copy of which was forwarded to News 8 Now.
The message came a day after Aquinas Middle School shifted eighth-graders to virtual learning for two weeks after a teacher tested positive for COVID-19.
“In light of all of the students and teachers that are either COVID-19 positive or required to quarantine, AMS will move to virtual learning for the next two weeks,” Ring’s message Tuesday explained.
Teachers will have an in-service day on Oct. 12, and all students and staffers are to return on Oct. 13.
Seventh-grade students’ books and materials will be in the main lobby for pickup from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. Students who need to borrow a Chromebook for virtual learning can pick one up in the lobby during the same time period.
Families who are doing quarantining because of a positive case in their homes are asked to call school when they drive up in the Cass Street parking lot. School officials will set materials out for a contactless pickup.
Students will be expected to log into their Google Classroom at the normally scheduled class times. Core and Encore classes will connect to students via Google Classroom, and students should check their school e-mails regularly.
The newsletter that normally would go out on Thursday will be virtual. Parent-teacher virtual conferences will take place Oct. 5 and 7.
All Aquinas Middle School sports and practices are canceled, but school offices will be open for normal offices, Ring wrote.