Lisbon joins movement to remote classes

LISBON — Only a few days after announcing plans to remain in school as long as possible, Lisbon schools will take a break for a week from in person classes.

Superintendent Joe Siefke said Monday that after having three more test positive for COVID-19 — one at the high school, one at the junior high level and one at the elementary school — it was determined the school will temporarily go remote.

“We talked about the spread in the community and decided to be proactive,” Siefke said. “We did say we would do (in-person school) as long as possible. We had hoped it would be longer.”

Most importantly, Siefke said the board of education wanted to do what it could to keep students safe at this time.

Siefke announced the change during an all-call to parents on Monday evening, which he felt gave parents more time to make arrangements for having students at home the week of Nov. 30 through Dec. 4.

School is still going on as normal today and Siefke said students in third, fourth and fifth grade will be given devices if they need them for remote learning. Packets will go home for students in pre-kindergarten through second grade so those students will have their assignments for the week. Students in older grade levels will be logging into their Chromebooks for online discussions at appointed times with their teachers so they understand the expectations for school work and projects.

Lisbon schools were already scheduled for students to be off Wednesday through Friday due to the holiday, when there could be family gatherings. At this point, Siefke said the plan is for students to take the next week remotely and return to the school on Dec. 7, where they will remain in-person until Dec. 18, when there will be a Christmas break.

However, the school will continue to monitor the data and may re-evaluate the decision to return on Dec. 7.

There have been 11 in-person staff and students at Lisbon’s schools test positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of school on Aug. 24. There has been one additional person doing remote learning test positive.



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