The Montgomery County Health Department will provide COVID-19 rapid testing for employees in the Hillsboro and Litchfield school districts on Monday, Nov. 30, in an effort to help prevent outbreaks in schools after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Thanksgiving break will be extended through Monday for Hillsboro students, while that day will be a remote learning day for Litchfield students. Classes resume in both districts on Tuesday, Dec. 1.
“In this way, we can be as sure as possible that we won’t have any COVID-positive staff members present when students return on Tuesday,” Hillsboro Superintendent David Powell said.
Both superintendents urged students and families to be safe over the holiday.
“Wear a mask, social distance, don’t touch your face, and wash your hands,” Litchfield Superintendent Dr. Gregg Fuerstenau said. “With everyone doing their parts, we have a good shot at finishing the month of December with in-person learning up to the holiday break.”
The Hillsboro School District will continue to provide five-day-a-week in-person instruction for as long as possible.
“The two situations that might trigger a move to all-remote would be local public health officials and local physicians recommending full-remote due to the number of COVID cases in the community, or our inability to fully staff one or more of our schools due to the number of staff that are COVID-positive or under quarantine,” Powell said.
According to the Montgomery County Health Department, 19 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed on Monday and Tuesday for a positivity rate of 2.1 percent for the two days. In total, 1,012 Montgomery County residents have had confirmed cases of the virus since the pandemic began.