Oct. 16, 2020 10:25a
(WGTD)---Racine Unified announced Friday morning that it'll remain in a near total virtual instruction mode indefinitely because of the rising number of COVID-19 cases.
The decision is aligned with the City of Racine Health Department's recommendation Thursday that all schools in its jurisdiction refrain from holding in-person classes.
While Racine Unified began the new year in an all-remote mode, many private schools offered in-person instruction.
The department's coverage area includes the City of Racine, Wind Point and Elmwood Park.
Some Racine Unified special needs students have received in-school help, but were told to stay home last week when Racine's level of coronavirus cases surged into the "very high" category, according to district spokesperson Stacy Tapp. Those students will be allowed to return on a case-by-case basis.
Kenosha Unified began its school year with a blend of in-person and remote learning. About 57% of students are back in the classroom.
As of Wednesday, 59 cases were reported among students and staff that had gone back into the buildings, resulting in hundreds being quarantined at one time or another.
There's been no public indication that KUSD plans to alter its plan because of the statewide surge in cases.