Prairie River Middle School joins Kate Goodrich, Washington, Jefferson elementary schools in closing temporarily
Merrill High School, Maple Grove remain open
For the Tomahawk Leader
MERRILL – Prairie River Middle School became the latest Merrill school to temporarily close its doors, according to a press release issued by the Merrill Area Public Schools (MAPS) Central Office on Monday, Nov. 9.
The closure will be effective as of today (Tuesday, Nov. 10) due to the high number of quarantine cases affecting students and staff.
Kate Goodrich Elementary School was temporarily closed last week, effective Tuesday, Nov. 10. Washington Elementary School was temporarily closed beginning Friday, Nov. 6. Jefferson Elementary, temporarily closed on Oct. 26, was anticipated to reopen on Tuesday, Nov. 10, but their shutdown has been delayed one more week.
Both Kate Goodrich and Washington will potentially reopen on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Jefferson is now scheduled to reopen on Tuesday, Nov. 17.
Merrill High School and Maple Grove Charter School will remain open at this time.
“Due to the most recent numbers of positive cases, and the number of students and staff required to quarantine based on contact tracing, it has become necessary to temporarily close PRMS until Tuesday, Dec. 1,” stated Dr. John Sample, MAPS Superintendent. “Our numbers dramatically increased over the weekend.”
Teacher planning days are still scheduled for Nov. 16, Nov. 30, and Dec. 14.
“We strongly urge families to take extra safety precautions during this time,” Sample added. “Face-to-face student instruction is optimal, but not possible, until quarantine cases are greatly reduced.”