Eastmont calls off plans to return younger students to classrooms

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The Eastmont School District has called off plans to start in-class instruction for younger students next Monday.

In a statement today, Superintendent Garn Christensen said the area has not yet reached the COVID-19 numbers recommended by the state for returning students to the classroom.

The district had planned to offer in-class instruction to students from preschool to fourth grade.

“Next week, I will be visiting with our health officer to discuss the likelihood of receiving a waiver to begin returning P-4 to campus with a possible start date of October 26th,” Christensen said in the statement. “If rates increase, or Eastmont gets identified as a transmission site, this date will get pushed into November or later depending on future COVID rates.”

He said if a waiver is approved, parents will be notified immediately.

The state has recommended no more than 75 new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents over the past 14 days before returning kids to classrooms.

Douglas County is currently at 117.4 per 100,000 residents over the past 14 days.