Leadership from Northwest Allen County Schools and Maple Creek Middle School announced Sunday that Maple Creek would shift all onsite students to remote learning Oct. 12-15 due to an influx of confirmed COVID-19 cases over the previous two weeks.
All extracurricular or after-school activities were canceled for the week, and plans were in the works to reschedule them as early as the week of Oct. 19.
The confirmed COVID-19 cases included students in all three grade levels and appeared to originate from a variety of sources, according to a release sent out Sunday. The total confirmed cases represented about 1% of the onsite student population.
“Students and teachers have done a great job wearing their masks and following the protocols that have been put into place, and this has contributed to the many weeks of school that we have already completed with little disruption,” Maple Creek Principal Bill Toler said in the release. “Because of the number of students being quarantined at the moment and because of the number of confirmed cases during such a short period of time, we are taking extra steps to help keep our students safe and on track. One of those steps includes implementing temporary remote learning activities.”
Maple Creek teachers will continue to work onsite this week, and custodial staff will complete an extensive and thorough cleaning of the building, according to the release.
NACS follows the guidance of state and local health officials when determining who needs to be quarantined due to a confirmed case of COVID-19.