October 28, 2020

Stevens County Times

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Morris Area moves back to in-person learning

Morris Area School Superintendent Troy Ferguson announced Thursday, Sept. 24 that the Morris Area School District will be returning to the In-Person model of learning as of Monday, Sept. 28. The District’s Incident Response Team met on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the current data and made the decision. Morris Area Schools has been in the Hybrid Learning model for two weeks after an increase in cases in the county.

Ferguson stated that the number of active cases in Stevens County on Sept. 23 was 8 and that number dropped to 7 on Thursday morning. The team is using the up-to-date data when making decisions moving forward. The projection from public health officials is the two week look back number will decrease again next week, following a downward trend in Stevens County cases.

Public health officials tell the district that they need to consider what is happening locally and in the school building. Right now there are no confirmed cases with students or staff in the school.

“We will continue to monitor the situation at least weekly and work through the established process and information to make decisions moving forward,” Ferguson said. “We understand the challenges our students, families, staff, and community members are facing and we will continue to take measures to do our best to keep our kids in school as long as possible.”

Katie Erdman