Students at Larimore (N.D.) High School, which includes grades 7-12, will begin schoolwide distance learning on Tuesday, Nov. 3, because of positive COVID-19 cases and the number of students who are in quarantine, according to the school superintendent.

Distance learning will be in effect through Nov. 13, Superintendent Steve Swiontek said in a letter sent to parents on Sunday, Nov. 1.

Because a high school staff member and student recently tested positive for the coronavirus, 40 students and five staff members are quarantined, Swiontek said.

No school was held Monday, Nov. 2, but teachers and staff were to report to the school that day to prepare for distance instruction, he said. Also on Monday, students were permitted to come to the high school to pick up their belongings.

Meals for high school students would be provided beginning Tuesday, Nov. 3, Principal Kal Triplett said.

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In-person classes at the high school were expected to resume Nov. 16, Swiontek said.

On Friday, Oct. 30, classes at Larimore Elementary School was called off and parents of K-6 grade students were informed that students would shift to distance learning beginning Monday, Nov. 2, and continue for two weeks.