BILLINGS — A positive COVID-19 case has forced Shepherd schools in Yellowstone County to close just as the new school year started.
Classes in the Shepherd School District are canceled for the next two days following the positive case.
There is no word on whether the positive case was a teacher, staff member, or student.
The district superintendent confirmed the closure in a Facebook post on Sunday.
- Students and Parents:
- We have had a positive COVID case in our District. As per our plan that was developed,we will not have school for the next 2 days in order to do a thorough cleaning. I realize this is early in the year and much quicker than we had hoped. I know this puts a stress on our families. We have not checked out Chrome books to students as that was planned for upper grades starting this week. Teachers will be contacting you tomorrow to touch base with things students can be working on over the next 2 days as well as to ask about technology needs at home. If your child is in a sport please know coaches will be communicating what that will look like for the next two days practices. I want to thank you for your patience through this time. I know it is stressful for everyone involved.
- Sincerely,Superintendent O’Donnell
Shepherd schools will now undergo a deep cleaning.
Classes began for K-6 and ninth-graders on August 19, and classes for grades 7-8 and 10-12 began on August 20.
Yellowstone County has reported 1.791 COVID cases since March; of those, 781 are currently considered "active."