Mora Independent Schools on Monday began a two-week remote learning period after 26 teachers, staff and students were diagnosed with COVID, said superintendent Marvin MacAuley.

That’s 5 percent of the population.

Most of the diagnoses are from Mora/Holman Elementary School, MacAuley said.

“These are primarily younger kids who cannot be vaccinated,” he said. 

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 learning.

“We are concerned about community spread within the schools and have to prevent further protection in the school to protect students, staff and the community,” MacAuley said.

During a recent two-week period, 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 ago. September 2021 was the month with the most reported cases since December 2020.

Students are expected to return to in-person learning on Oct. 20.

“We will take a look at the infection data for the community to make sure we can open,” MacAuley said.

All extracurricular and athletic activities will continue as these are voluntary. 

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