Farmington Central Jr. High and Elementary schools to switch to remote learning

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FARMINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) — Farmington Central Jr. High and Elementry school announced that they will be remote learning after one of their teachers tested positive for COVID-19.

Farmington Central Jr. High School Principal Chris Uptmor announced that one of their staff members who teach across grade levels tested positive for COVID-19 Sunday. District Superintendent Zac Chatterton said this has been the first incident since students returned to in-person learning this year.

“The way we ended last year was obviously the right thing to do to keep everyone safe, but just to be able to get excited about having staff and students back on campus for whatever time we can have them is welcomed and we’ll keep working through it,” Chatterton said.

Chatterton said he thanks parents for their patience as they navigate the pandemic together and said students are screened regularly for COVID-19 symptoms.

“At our various check-in points, we have the rules and the screening as you come in and then we have the thermometer you put your wrist up and it takes your temperature,” Chatterton said. “Everybody has just kept an open mind, making sure that everybody’s safe and done their part so we’re appreciative of parents and their patience as well as our staff and students; they’re just rolling with whatever we keep throwing at them.”

Due to the number of students affected, Farmington Central Jr. High and Elementary schools plan to implement remote learning from Oct. 19 until Oct. 26.

“Right now, we’re on remote learning for this week and I would suspect most likely through our contact tracing it’d be next week as well, but we’re not ready to formally announce that yet we’re still going through the proper channels,” Chatterton said.

The school will be working with local health departments to implement contact tracing. Parents of children who were in direct contact will be notified.

Teachers will be sending out assignments and communications to students through their emails and Google Classroom. The announcement said elementary school devices are available for pick up until 5:30 p.m. Monday.

The full announcement can be read on the district 265 website.

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