Staunton School District goes remote after rise in COVID cases


MACOUPIN COUNTY, Ill. – An Illinois school district is closing for in-person learning after an increase in COVID cases. The Staunton School District is asking students to stay home through Aug. 29, 2021. This includes any student who attends school in Olive or Gillespie classroom.

Students will be full remote learning while the building is closed. Custodians are taking the time to thoroughly clean the school to help slow the spread of the virus.

All extracurricular activities are also canceled through Sunday, Aug. 29th. Students not under quarantine may return to class on Monday, Aug. 30. Learn more about the remote learning schedule and guidelines here.

Earlier this week, the people of Staunton started hearing about a number of students going into quarantine shortly after the first day of school Aug. 11.

The district’s interim superintendent sent a note to parents and the community that the Macoupin County Health Department had avised the district to take the temporary measure to help slow down a recent spike in cases among young people. 

Staunton High School students said teachers earlier this week started telling students to be prepared to switch to all virtual learning. 

I was told that they were having an emergency meeting and around four o’clock, that’s when we got the word that we’re going virtual,” sophomore Chris Pritchett said.

And then soccer practice was canceled.

“We’re going to have to forfeit about five soccer games, probably, so, that’s going to stink,” Prichett said.  

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