Shandon School District cancels in-person instruction due to staff and student absences
Schools forced to close due to increase in illness
– Due to a large number of absences among students and staff, the Shandon Unified School District announced Thursday that in-person instruction is moving to independent learning on Friday. There has been an increase in absences due to illness, according to school officials.
Additionally, “all sports practice and games have been canceled until further notice,” the school posted in a notice.
The school closure coincides with a surge of COVID-19 cases in San Luis Obispo County. More than 1,100 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the county in the last week. SLO County’s 14-day daily average has spiked to 283, up from 34 just before Thanksgiving. About 75-percent of recent COVID-19 cases sequenced in SLO County are of the Omicron variant and about 25-percent are of the Delta variant, county health officials report.
Teleconferencing via Zoom is available for students from Shandon Elementary and Shandon High School from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. each school day.
The free school breakfast and lunch program will continue. The district’s Parkfield campus is continuing in-person classes.
The district has a total of 285 students in grades K-12 and 17 teachers. This temporary transition to independent study is the first since the district’s schools reopened in April 2021.
“In-person classes are the best for more successful learning,” said Superintendent Dr. Kristina Benson. Students and staff are expected to return to classrooms on Jan. 31.
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