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Ridgway School District Update

Heather McMahon-Vargas, Superintendent of the Ridgway Area School District, said her students returned for in person instruction on January 18th.

“Right now we have about 85% of our elementary students…and we have about 75% of each of our middle school and high school students are in person,” said Vargas.

Vargas said they’re also offering a virtual academy for students, where about 80% of her students are succeeding virtually.

To limit the exposure of COVID-19, she said students in K-8 are operating in cohort groups.

“Our students stay with the same groups of students throughout the entire day and the teachers rotate into those student’s classrooms,” she said.

With Ridgway in the moderate level of transmission, Vargas hopes the COVID-19 cases will continue to decrease.

“Right now we are in a 14-day window and we’ve only had one student positive at the elementary and one student positive at the high school,” said Vargas.

With an increase in vaccinations, Vargas hopes we can continue to see the downward trend of COVID-19.

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