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December 2, 2020

11/20/2020 2:53:00 PM
Highland School Board weighs effects of going virtual

Highland Principal Josh Tarrell posed a question to the school board Wednesday that the group spent two and a half hours dissecting.
The question?
"Do we go to school or not?"
Tarrell added to that the views he is sharing are his and from every angle....every view, someone has a different one.
Tarrell told the board the Iowa County Health Department is recommending going virtual at the middle school and high school level and suggests the elementary could also be included. He said the hospitals and health care workers are being overwhelmed.
As for Highland as of the day of the meeting there are two middle school and two high school students who have been infected. So far, there are no elementary school students affected. There have also been four staff members who have contracted COVID.
"COVID is here," Tarrell said. "I have a cousin in the hospital right now."
"Staff at the school, which is contained in the same building, are concerned," Tarrell added.
"What is best for kids is to be in school," Tarrell said. But he adds that he is well aware of the dangers the virus brings.
He explained the difficulties of switching back and forth with in person, hybrid and virtual. He said that is adding to the stress.
He emphasized that he wants parents to do what is best for their children and their family.
(See the rest of this story in the November 19, 2020 Dodgeville Chronicle)

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