Garfield County District Re-2 has now transitioned more than 220 students to distance learning this month |

Garfield County District Re-2 has now transitioned more than 220 students to distance learning this month

Fifty three Garfield County District Re-2 students and one educator were asked to pivot to online learning and quarantine for the next 10 days, the district announced Wednesday.

According to a news release, the students and one staff member come from Rifle High School and Graham Mesa Elementary school. The individuals have either been confirmed positive with COVID-19 or are exhibiting COVID-19-like symptoms or illness.

“It should be noted that 88% of the in-person learners at Rifle High School are still learning in-person and 95% of Graham Mesa Elementary in-person learners are still learning in-person,” the release states.

This change now marks the third time in January that Re-2 has asked students and staff to quarantine and switch to online learning. Last week saw an additional 169 Re-2 students and 10 staffers transition out from in-person learning.

This so far in January brings the total of Re-2 students who’ve had to transition to online learning to about 222.

Garfield Re-2 and all building administrators continue to work closely with Garfield County Public Health.

“Impacted students will transition to online instruction beginning Thursday, January 21, and will not be allowed back to school until their quarantine period completes,” the release states. “Custodial staff has cleaned and disinfected the schools and they are prepared for the return of non-impacted students and staff.”

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