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Madison District 321 reports COVID-19 infections; extends harvest break

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REXBURG, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Eastern Idaho Public Health has confirmed 10 active COVID-19 cases in the Madison School District.

As of September 15 there were five new cases among students and none among teachers.  The affected schools included Burton, and new cases at Madison Junior High School, Madison Middle School, and Madison High School.

District officials said there is no sign of school or class spread.  Most of the cases have involved multiples of siblings.  

Cleaning crews are regularly sanitizing affected classrooms and school buildings.

All students and staff who were in close contact with the affected people have been contacted and administrators of those buildings have been monitoring temperatures of staff and students.

Correction: In the original story we incorrectly reported the number of active COVID-19 cases in the district.

In an un-related note, the Madison School Board has approved an extension of the district’s annual Harvest Break.  The state allowed greater scheduling flexibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Because of an early harvest, the break will now begin Monday, September 28 and will continue through Friday, October 9. A District in-service day will be held on October 12, so students will not return to class until October 13.

You can view the full letter from Dr. Thomas below.

Yesterday, in recognition that the potato harvest is earlier this year, and that the state is providing greater scheduling flexibility, the Madison 321 Board of Trustees approved the extension of Harvest Break.
Harvest Break will now officially begin on Monday, September 28, 2020, and will last until Friday, October 9, 2020.
District Inservice will be held on Monday, October 12, 2020. Students will return to class on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
Building Principals will notify parents of dates and times of upcoming Parent Teacher Conference Dates.
In these challenging times, we appreciate the opportunity our students have of being able to assist in the harvest, and the enormous blessing the farmers are to our community.
We wish everyone a safe Harvest Break!
Dr. Geoff Thomas
Madison 321

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