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Lake Mills Area School District stops in-person school, activities for rest of week due to COVID-19

The Wisconsin State Journal — Jeff Richgels The Wisconsin State Journal

Sept. 16-- Sep. 16--The Lake Mills Area School District is the latest to halt in-person classes and extracurricular activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The school had three positive COVID-19 cases within one week, district administrator Tonya Olson said in a statement, and per Jefferson County Health Department guidance, has shifted to online learning and canceled extracurricular activities and athletic practices for three days.

Activities will resume Saturday and in-person classes on Monday, Olson said.

The Jefferson County Health Department guidance on shifting to online instruction states: "If 3 positive cases for students or staff in face-to-face instruction are confirmed within 1 week, we recommend the school building shift to virtual instruction for 3 days, regardless of student population size. This is due to airborne particles lingering in the air and on surfaces, viral transmission dynamics indoors, and the number of potential individuals exposed. The duration of 3 days allows for contact tracing to take place with the individuals who have tested positive, and further allows for the potential presentation of symptoms among those who have been exposed."

Athletic events were among activities that were postponed. That includes the Lake Mills girls volleyball team Thursday night match at Lakeside Lutheran and the Lake Mills boys soccer team playing host Thursday to Lakeside Lutheran.

Lakeside Lutheran activities director Todd Jahns said Wednesday both those events would be rescheduled.

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