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Decorah School Superintendent: What happens away from school with COVID-19 prevention will be most important

Posted: Sun, Dec 6, 2020 3:41 PM

The latest COVID-19 numbers for the Decorah Community School District are beginning to move in a positive direction.

Of approximately 290 school district staff members, 18 have tested positive for COVID-19, and 15 have recovered. Of approximately 1,575 students on-site at Decorah school buildings, 32 have tested positive for COVID-19, of whom 29 have recovered.

Decorah School Superintendent Mark Lane says the statistics are what the school district had hoped to see after approving its December learning model plan. Says Lane, "While our county 14-day positivity rate held steady, our county 14-day positive case rolling total is now trending down and our district total cases of quarantining or isolating individuals and active positive COVID-19 cases are on the decline."

Lane added, "We feel good about what is occurring on a daily basis in the settings we can control. We believe the determining factor in our ability to maintain on-site learning in January and February will be the level of exposure for our staff, students, and families away from school."