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Forest Park cancels classes, events due to COVID-19 cases

CRYSTAL FALLS — The Forest Park School District will not have classes or extracurricular activities through the rest of the week after two staff members and two students tested positive for COVID-19.

The cases involve a middle-high school teacher, a long-term substitute and two high school students, Superintendent Christy Larson announced today in an emailed statement.

As a result, the district will have neither in-person or virtual classes for at least Thursday and Friday, “in order to provide adequate time to allow the health department to complete contact tracing, and to further evaluate the current COVID situation in our community and surrounding area, and how the recent spike in cases in our area directly affect Forest Park,” Larson said.

The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department today reported seven new COVID-19 positives in Iron County, bringing the total to 108 confirmed cases, double the 54 it had only a week ago.

Parents and students in the district should watch their email for further information, she said. “If you know of anyone who is NOT receiving this information via our PowerSchool alert system, please have them call the office to be sure your information is correct in our system,” Larson advised.

The move cancels Forest Park’s volleyball match with Stephenson set for Thursday night, Friday night’s football game against Carney-Nadeau and the Oct. 2 football game against North Central, since the team will be unable to practice. That allows North Central time to perhaps line up another opponent, said Lisa Olson, athletic director at Forest Park.

The Forest Park junior high school girls basketball game Thursday at West Iron County has been called off as well.

The high school was celebrating Homecoming week. The district hopes to reschedule the remaining Homecoming events, Olson said.

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