Pardeeville closes high school, elementary school following 2 positive COVID-19 cases in district

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PARDEEVILLE, Wis. —  Three people within the Pardeeville Area School District have tested positive for COVID-19, according to district administrators.

One confirmed case was tied to Pardeeville High School and the other two were linked to Pardeeville Elementary School. District leaders would not confirm if the confirmed cases involved students or staff.

Both the elementary and high schools are closed Monday and Tuesday as contact tracing is conducted, according to District Superintendent Gus Knitt. School and public health officials are working to identify students and staff who interacted with those who tested positive.

A person who is considered a “close contact” of the positive individuals will be notified by district or public health officials. Students should check their Google Classrooms for assignments on Monday and Tuesday.

In-person learning will likely resume Thursday at the high school, Knitt said. Virtual learning will be in place for grade school students  until Oct. 9. Knitt hopes to reopen the elementary school on Oct. 12 to students. The Columbia County Public Health Department has approved both plans, Knitt said.

Pardeeville Middle School remains in-person.