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Warren returns to virtual learning


WARREN–Warren School District was the first district in Jo Daviess County to go virtual during this school year in the first weeks of the school year.

Two months later, the district has returned to virtual learning until Oct. 23.

According to a letter sent by Superintendent Dr. Shawn Teske to the school community, the district decided to go full remote for the remainder of the week based upon a recommendation from the Jo Daviess County Health Department. The decision was made by the district to keep all students in the district safe and healthy.

“This time is needed to take the necessary health safety precautions for students and staff currently out due to COVID-19 health safety protocols,” Teske wrote.

The district closed schools beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 20 with tentative plans to reopen on Wednesday, Nov. 4. Remote learning began for students on Wednesday, Oct. 21.

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“As the district obtains more information and data regarding the health of students and staff, the district will make a decision on Friday regarding school for the week of October 26,” the letter said.

The district extended the virtual learning period until Nov. 4 due to an increase in cases.

The district also reports that the recent data on positive cases in the community and in the school led to the decision.

“Recent data is trending to an increase in cases both locally as well as countywide to place us in a substantial warning area,” Teske wrote.

According to IDPH, as of Friday, Oct. 23, the Warren zip code had 41 cases.