COVID-19 escalation prompts La Crescent-Hokah School District to suspend in-person classes for week

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LA CRESCENT, Minn. (WKBT) — Escalating numbers of COVID-related student and staff absences propelled the La Crescent-Hokah School District to shelve in-person teaching for a week.

In a message to parents, students and staff posted on the La Crescent-Hokah district website, district officials announced Thursday what they described as a “pause” in in-person instruction for pre-K through 12th grade from Friday, Jan. 7, through Friday, Jan. 14.

Jan. 7 will be a non-instructional day for students, but staffers will report to their buildings to prepare for distance learning next week.

“Administration considered a shorter amount of time, but ultimately with the health and safety of students and staff in mind, the decision is to ‘pause’ for a full week,” said the missive from Acting Superintendent Gary Kuphal and several of ISD 300’s top administrators.

During the hiatus, there won’t be any activities, practices or child care, and outside groups won’t be allowed to use facilities, the administrators said.

The message acknowledged that the pause my create hardships for many families, but noted that “health and safety continue to be our top priority.”

The administrators asked parents to continue reporting their children’s symptoms and/or COVID-19 test results to the school attendance line at (507) 895-4484.

Limited appointments for free tests will be available for any preK-12th student at the secondary school during school hours. Parents should call the secondary attendance line to check availability and get scheduled.

The district will provide additional building and/or grade level communication regarding student during the interim, the message said.

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