On Tuesday, October 27 Belmond-Klemme school officials announced that two teachers and three staff members had tested positive for Covid-19. These adults then exposed a number of students. The exposed students were to be quarantined at home and do their school work online.
On Wednesday, October 28 officials announced that five students had tested positive for Covid-19 and that the junior/senior high building would close at noon. Learning would move to an online model. All students were told to take their laptop computers home.
It was also noted that 62 students had possibly been exposed to Covid-19, mostly from contacts outside of school.
The elementary school will remain open for now. The illness outbreak has not affected that building to a great extent.
According to Superintendent Dan Frazier, 7-12 teachers will use October 29 as a day of planning. Then online classes for grades 7-12 will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, October 30 and last for one week.
There will be no school on Friday, November 6. All activities are cancelled through Sunday, November 8. The high school band concert may be made up at a later date.
Online parent teacher conferences scheduled during the first week of November will continue as planned.
In-person classes for 7-12 students are expected to begin again on Monday, November 9.