Geneseo to Abandon In-School Learning in Favor of E-Learning After Second Student Tests Positive

Two students testing positive has the Geneseo School District scrapping plans for In-School learning. According to a release from the Geneseo School District, in-person school at Geneseo Schools will end on August 28th and an all E-Learning curriculum will be employed for the remainder of the first quarter of the school year ending October 9th. At that time, Geneseo will assess the situation further and possibly return to their hybrid schedule. Students and staff will have in-person classes today and again on Monday before having next Tuesday and Wednesday off and resuming E-Learning classes on August 28th. The schools will not be entirely closed with some special education courses allowing for in-person learning and driver’s ed courses will move forward under strict guidelines. The growing number of COVID-19 cases in Henry County is cited as one of the reasons for the decision. As noted by the Illinois Department of Public Health, Region 2 of the tiered region plan from Governor J.B Pritzker has seen an increase in the positivity rate each of the last 6 days and to more than a point higher than the statewide average positivity rate. Henry County has also added 144 new individual cases of COVID-19 in the month of August alone.

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