Clinton Central temporarily closing schools over COVID-19 concern

An email sent to parents confirmed the district has 10 positive cases; three were diagnosed in the past three days.

Posted: Aug 23, 2020 9:15 PM
Updated: Aug 23, 2020 9:32 PM

CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - The Clinton Central School District is closing its Junior/Senior High School for two weeks, and Clinton Central Elementary School for one week due to coronavirus concerns. The schools will move to virtual learning during the closure.

An email was sent to parents by Superintendent Allen Remaly on Sunday. The email confirmed that 10 students have tested positive. Thanks to contact tracing, they said 25% of the Jr/Sr High School had the possibility of exposure.

It also said all extracurricular activities are postponed. The athletic director has confirmed that this impacts all sports. This means Clinton Central's football game against Sheridan scheduled for Friday, August 28th is canceled.

The email said the following:

Parents,

I was hoping to not have to make this call and I apologize that it is late on Sunday afternoon, but there are going to be some changes to the daily schedules at Clinton Central. We have had a total of 10 COVID19 positive cases throughout the corporation, 3 over
the past three days. With the contact tracing that has been conducted, about 25% of the students at the jr/sr high school are impacted. This does not mean that 25% of the students have COVID19, it means they are considered close contacts and are required to quarantine for 14 days.

For Clinton Central Elementary, all students will be on remote learning for 1 week only starting Monday, August 24th. The elementary students will resume with their regular school schedule on Monday, August 31st. Why only one week? There have been no new cases of COVID19 outside of the 4th grade section. The daily structure/schedule of the elementary is much easier to control.

For Clinton Central Jr/Sr High School, all students will begin remote learning for 2 weeks starting on Monday, August 24th. Instead of resuming with a regular schedule, the jr/sr high school students will transition to a Hybrid Schedule beginning on Tuesday, September 8th. A hybrid schedule allows us to have only 50% of the students in the building and allows us to ensure social distancing of 6 feet or more. For these 2 weeks, all extracurricular activities are postponed.

Sometime tomorrow, all students/families will receive information from either the building principal or the classroom teacher about how learning will proceed. If you have questions, please email cc.covid19@clinton.k12.in.us Help slow the spread by wearing masks, avoid large gatherings, and regularly washing your hands.

Al
Remaly
Superintendent

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