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Lourdes HS postpones school start date after several staff test positive

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KAAL-TV
Updated: August 27, 2020 06:25 PM
Created: August 27, 2020 03:24 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Rochester Lourdes High school has delayed the beginning of its school year due to several staff members testing positive for COVID-19.

In a letter sent to parents Thursday states three members of the schools staff have tested positive for COVID-19 and three other staff members are considered 'close contacts' according to Olmsted County Public Health. 

 All six staff members are required to quarantine until Labor Day weekend. 

The letter states in part, "We remain committed to begin the school year with the in-person learning model. For the educational success of children, we feel it is vital to give staff an opportunity to meet students, set up strategies, goals and procedures and to familiarize themselves with online tools [...]  It clearly is not the ideal, nor is it what we had hoped, but the safety of our students and staff will remain our number one priority."

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As a result, the start of the school year has been delayed until Sept. 8th.

The school said the postponement will allow for additional time to clean before students begin classes and that it anticipates all staff will be cleared to return at that time.

Click here to read the full letter.

In a statement to ABC 6 News, Dr. John Wald, Co-Chair of the RCS Board of Trustees, writes, "Rochester Catholic Schools (RCS) remains committed to in-person learning moving forward in a safe environment for our students and staff.  Classes will begin at the additional four schools within the Rochester Catholic School System (Co=Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Middle School, Hly Spirit Catholic School, St. Pius X Catholic School, and St. Francis of Assisi School) on Monday, August 31 as planned.

Click here to read the full statement from Dr. Wald.


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