Mora Independent Schools will return to in-person learning Wednesday.

Mora on Oct. 4 went to remote learning after 26 teachers, staff and students were diagnosed with COVID. That’s 5 percent of the school population.

The state Public Education Department requires schools to enact COVID-safe practices after 5 percent of the community gets the illness, which may include remote


Most of the diagnoses were from Mora/Holman Elementary School. These were primarily younger kids who cannot be vaccinated.

“The in-person learning return was based on students ending their quarantine period and a decrease in cases,” superintendent Marvin MacAuley said Monday. “We had approximately eight additional cases the past two weeks.”

MacAuley noted the district is working with the Department of Health for enhanced testing services for staff and students. 

The mask mandate is still in place.

When the decision was made to go to remote learning on Oct. 4, 11 percent of those tested in Mora County received positive diagnoses, according to the state Department of Health. An average of four cases per day were reported, a 131 percent increase from the average two weeks earlier.

September 2021 was the month with the most reported cases since December 2020.

During the most recent two weeks, 17 percent of individuals tested in Mora County have been positive.

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