School was canceled at Larimore Elementary School on Friday, Oct. 30, after the third COVID-19 case of the week was detected in the building. All students will begin full-distance learning on Monday, Nov. 2, with a tentative return to in-person classes scheduled for two weeks later on Friday, Nov. 13.
A Larimore kindergarten class was quarantined Thursday after a student and staff member tested positive for COVID-19. It was the first time an entire class had been quarantined at Larimore Public School.
In a Friday note to parents, Superintendent Steve Swiontek said he made the decision to quarantine the whole school after the third positive in an effort to "hopefully get ahead of a potential outbreak at that building."
In-person instruction at Larimore High School will continue.
During the quarantine at the elementary school, there will be no classes at the preschool level. Meals will be made available for pickup for elementary-aged students.
No one in the quarantined group needed to be hospitalized, to his knowledge, Swiontek told the Herald on Thursday, adding that all COVID-related decisions and actions at the school are made in consultation with Grand Forks County Public Health officials.