For the seventh time since postponing bringing students back into schools, the La Crosse School District has delayed once again.
This time, however, the delay isn’t pushed back a week. It’s being pushed back until Jan. 18 — through the end of the semester.
The district posted if community spread is substantially reduced in the next two months, it will reconsider the mode of learning.
“We continue to examine the science and other models to determine if in-person learning for K-2 students is possible, while there are elevated levels of COVID-19 in the community,” the district posted in a statement.
The news comes as La Crosse County reported two more deaths from the virus — the 25th overall and 20th since Oct. 1. There were also another 170 cases reported by the state, which is the second-most in a day for the county.
All metrics the district uses to gauge COVID-19 were in the red in Wednesday’s update.
“If you have ongoing concerns regarding your child’s education, please reach out to your teacher or building principal for support,” the district said. “We are still considering the possibility of co-curricular activities if conditions reach the Orange category in the Harvard model or we are able to return whole grades of students to in-person learning.”