NEW BUFFALO — New Buffalo Area Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff Leslie announced during the Board of Education’s Monday, Dec. 14, meeting that the elementary school is going to remote education due to the number of confirmed or presumed COVID cases among staff members there.

“We’ve got four staff members that are positive, three staff members that are showing symptoms (and are in the process of being tested) … We’ve got four other staff members who are close contacts, and they’re required to quarantine,” he said.

Leslie said that leaves just 11 staff members at the school, six of them classroom teachers.

“You cannot get that number of substitute teachers, and even of you could what would be the quality of the education? I think we’re going to get better results from being remote.”

Also, he said one student is showing symptoms and 31 others are in quarantine.

Leslie said Chromebooks, iPads, books, assignments and other school-related items were slated to be picked up by parents on Tuesday, Dec. 15, with the e-learning plan beginning the next morning.

He complimented New Buffalo Elementary Principal Adam Bowen and his staff for being very well-prepared.

“When you look at all the plans that they had put together it’s really a matter of us implementing them … I think we’re going to be in good shape.”

In response to a question, Leslie said he expects in-person classes to resume on Jan. 4.

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