Some Aquinas Middle School students moving to virtual learning for two weeks after COVID-19 exposure

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)– Starting Monday, eighth-grade students at Aquinas Middle School will be learning from home for the next two weeks after a teacher tested positive for COVID-19. In an email obtained by News 8 Now, school officials told families that the decision was made to keep both students and teachers safe.

Aquinas Catholic Schools President Ted Knutson confirmed to News 8 Now that the eighth-grade faculty member tested positive on Friday.

The email said teachers are moving between classrooms and sharing equipment. Though they have been sanitizing and keeping their distance from others, staff felt it is in their interest to stay out of school for 14 days.

The message said there has been a surge in the number of eighth-grade students testing positive or being exposed to someone who has tested positive. Health officials say anyone who is exposed to COVID-19, even if they test negative, need to self-isolate for 14 days.

If students need to pick up books or check out a laptop, they can stop by the school’s front doors on Monday. Students will be expected to use Google Classroom each day at the normally scheduled class times. Core and Encore classes will be connecting to students via Google Classroom. Students should also check their school emails regularly.

Fall athletics for eighth-grade students are being suspended until October 13th.

Students are asked to stay away from group gatherings, which could further delay their return in mid-October.

Seventh grade and high school students will be attending school as normal.