BELFAST — Belfast Area High School will go completely remote for two days because of a high number of COVID-19 cases associated with the school, as well as the high number of students in quarantine, according to Superintendent Mary Alice McLean.

There are 13 positive cases in the school and over 50 students are quarantining because of possible exposure, she said. Several other students are still waiting for test results. “Our goal is to interrupt the number and frequency of classroom exposures,” she wrote in a news release.

Students finished the school day in person Oct. 13 and will stay in remote learning Oct. 14 and Oct. 15, with a return date of Oct. 18. They were sent home with personal learning devices and will follow their normal class schedule remotely. All athletic competitions and after school activities were canceled from Oct. 13 until kids return to school, she said.

The district is following Center for Disease Control guidelines and recommendations, McLean said in an email to The Republican Journal. Students are not required to be tested, but will have to quarantine for 10 days outside school before returning if they choose not to get tested.

There were three known positive cases in the district last week and the homecoming football games and dance had to be canceled because of the high number of students — over 30 — in quarantine at the time. The district has yet to begin its pool testing program, but it is coming soon, McLean said.

Breakfasts and lunches will be available for pickup at the high school from 9 a.m. to noon during the two days students are in remote learning, McLean said. Other schools in the district will maintain in-person learning.

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