COVID cases close Argonia school

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An outbreak of COVID-19 has closed an Argonia school, at least for a day.According to the USD 359 website, confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 at multiple grade levels have closed Argonia Middle and High School on Monday, May 3. The time will give personnel the chance to do additional cleaning and contract tracing, and to plan for how to best educate students with multiple quarantines taking place.Monday night’s Argonia High School awards program has been postponed. A new date has not been set.The middle school and high school building houses grades 6-12. Classes continued normally at Argonia Elementary School. High school and middle school students returned on Tuesday.Additional schedule changes were made Monday. Wednesday, May 5, had been scheduled as the last day of regular classes for seniors, with final exams on Friday. Instead, Tuesday became the final regular day and the finals were moved up to Wednesday and Thursday.Because of a lack of helpers on Wednesday, the elementary school field day was moved to this Friday. Kindergarten students are not scheduled to be in class that day because of the kindergarten roundup for next year’s students. Parents are encouraged to bring this year’s kindergarten students to the field day so that they can participate on Friday.USD 359 became the first school in the TSnews coverage area to drop its mandatory mask mandate for students and staff, moving to an optional policy. A challenge to the district’s change in policy was filed immediately after that decision, but on a 7-0 vote the members of the USD 359 Board of Education upheld the policy change.
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