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UPDATED: El Dorado, Strong-Huttig school districts pivot from in-class learning

January 13, 2022 at 11:15 a.m.
Office: The office of the El Dorado School District in downtown El Dorado.

The El Dorado School District has announced that it will pivot away from in-classroom instruction Friday, Jan. 14, in light of the current surge in COVID-19 cases.

Citing an increase in the amount of COVID cases and the number of people in quarantine due to COVID exposure, the ESD is the second school district this week to close in-classroom instruction. 

According to a post on the district's website, students will be back on campus on Tuesday, Jan. 18, following the Martin Luther King Jr holiday on Monday. 

Students are asked to follow the AMI (Alternative Methods of Instruction) guidance provided at their respective schools for Friday's coursework. 

"Thank you for your support and cooperation as we make this decision in the best interest of our students and staff," the district's web post says. 

The Strong-Huttig School District is also pivoting to AMI instruction Friday, Superintendent Kimberly Thomas announced Thursday afternoon. 

"The Strong–Huttig School District will utilize a day of AMI instruction on Friday, January 14, 2022 to allow for deep cleaning, due to the high rate of COVID community spread and staffing shortages," Thomas said in an email to the News-Times. 

Thomas said students will leave school Thursday with a breakfast and lunch for Friday. 

On-site instruction is expected to resume on Tuesday, Jan. 18, for the SHSD as well. 

Teachers will be available by email for students that need assistance with their AMI work on Friday. 

"We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but we are taking all possible steps to ensure the safety and well-being of all students and staff," Thomas said. 

This is a developing story. The News-Times will provide more information as it becomes available. 

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