Students who attend Central Valley Public School near Buxton, N.D., will begin distance learning Friday, Oct. 30, in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19.

The students will return to in-school classes on Monday, Nov., 9, according to information posted on the school’s Facebook page.

The school, which has a small enrollment of about 200 students in grades K-12, wants to get ahead of a potential outbreak, so made the decision to go to distance learning, said Jeremy Brandt, Central Valley Public Schools superintendent.

The number of Central Valley students who have tested positive for COVID-19 is in the single digits, and the number of staff, in the low single digits, Brandt said.

“We’re by no means in a major outbreak; that’s what we’re trying to do is prevent a major outbreak,’ he said.

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Thursday, Oct 29, is a teacher work day and no classes will meet virtually, according to the school’s website. Parent-teacher conferences scheduled for Thursday night are cancelled

The elementary boys basketball games will be postponed until a later date. Hillsboro-Central Valley activities and the Central Valley play will continue as scheduled.

Students who would like lunch provided during the distance learning period are asked to call the Central Valley Public School office.

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