Cañon City High School suspends in-person instruction after spike in COVID-19 cases – Canon City Daily Record | #coronavirus | #kids. | #children | #schools


Because of the growing number of positive COVID-19 cases at Cañon City High School, officials have made the decision to suspend all live academics, athletics and activities through the end of the week.

Support Services Director Paula Buser made the announcement in an email Monday, stating no practices or activities will continue after school Monday.

Superintendent George Welsh said CCHS reached 10 positive cases of the virus Monday, which caused the decision to suspend in-person instruction. He said the school has an averaged about 50 students and staff per day who are in quarantine. A total of 163 students districtwide are in quarantine.

Buser said the students quarantined are those who have reported testing positive or those who have been made aware that they are close contacts to a positive case.

The CCHS graduation is set for May 19 and the current plan is for seniors to be able to fully enjoy their final week of school, which includes an academic awards ceremony May 17 and Fun Fest on May 18.

“The purpose of our action today is to set the senior class up to have an in-person graduation event as planned,” Welsh said. “Seniors have the opportunity to complete their course work in a digital fashion during their last two weeks of school. The only exception is that Advanced Placement tests will be given in person, but with mask-wearing, social distancing and after a symptom check.”

CCHS staff will work from the school this week and conduct classes virtually. Welsh said a decision will be made Friday about how ninth- through 11th-grade students can return next week.

Fremont County has seen a gradual increase in COVID-19 cases in the past month. On April 29, the Fremont County Department of Public Health and Environment reported that the county has had 103 new cases of COVID-19 in the last seven days.

Students who are 16 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine during a clinic from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Cañon City High School, 1313 College Ave. The second dose will be administered May 26. To schedule an appointment ahead of time, visit www.primarybio.com/r/centurapopup or call 720-263-5737 between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily.

Appointments also may be made on-site during the clinic. Parental permission is required for individuals 16-17. Parents of 16- and 17-year-olds can sign the waiver during the registration process or accompany their child to the clinic to sign the waiver in person.

The event is capped at 250 people.



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