100 students called in sick in just the past week at Plateau Valley School, and the School District 50 superintendent made the decision to transition to remote learning through Thursday as the best course of action to keep students and staff safe, but that was said on Wednesday.
Over 300 students from preschool to 12th grade share the same building at Plateau Valley School. It’s still unknown as to exactly what caused a third of those students to become ill closing the doors for in-person learning. But, one thing is known, the superintendent says school will be open on Monday, October 11, for in-person learning.
There are no practices, games, or sporting events of any kind for any grade level until in-person learning continues, and it doesn’t end there.
The Collbran Branch Library is canceling story time for the kids on Friday and a recycling event on Saturday as a precaution.
The Plateau Valley Clinic also took caution and closed the lobby to the public offering curb side service to patients because of increasing COVID cases.
Mesa County Public Health has released a statement surrounding the increased illness levels in students and staff in the Plateau Valley. “During the colder weather months as people gather indoors, it is common for respiratory and other viruses to spread. Child care and school settings are places where highly contagious illnesses can spread quickly, MCPH staff are trained professionals on proven mitigation and prevention practices and work in conjunction with local facilities routinely.”
There are still a lot of questions as to how 100 people became ill in the Plateau Valley, and few answers.