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New Prairie Falling Back to Elearning

(New Carlisle, IN) - A spike in COVID-19 cases at New Prairie High School is sending students and teachers back to hybrid learning next week.  Friday afternoon parents in New Prairie School District were notified that all high-schoolers will fall back to part-time attendance.


In a statement, New Prairie High School Principal Jennifer Sass said twelve students were confirmed positive for coronavirus, while over 100 were being asked to quarantine.  As a result, high-schoolers will alternate days Monday through Thursday, like earlier this year, to minimize social contact. Next Friday will be an eLearning day for the entire high school.  Right now, sports and extracurriculars are not affected.


Every week, district officials send out an email announcing numbers of COVID cases and quarantines, which in recent months have been consistently low. Officials hope the development at New Prairie is not indicative of a virus surge.


La Porte County remains in the blue status according to the state's COVID map, with a weekly positivity rate of just over 4%.  According to county health numbers, La Porte County has been averaging under twelve new COVID-19 cases per day.

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