Moline High School halts in-person learning temporarily because of COVID-19

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The Moline-Coal Valley School District has temporarily stopped in-person learning at Moline High School for a period of two weeks.

The closure is because of an increase in positive cases of COVID-19 at MHS and a growing number of MHS staff/students currently excluded from in-person learning due to a potential exposure, according to a Saturday news release.

The temporary closure Sept. 28-Oct. 9 affects only Moline High School. Other Moline-Coal Valley Schools,, including Coolidge Campus, will continue to offer blended in-person learning as normal.

During this time, all instruction for all MHS students and staff will be full-time remote learning at home and MHS will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized following state health and safety guidelines. “This temporary closure is out of an abundance of caution and is designed to minimize further spread at Moline High School, keep high-school students and staff safe, and to preserve future in-person learning opportunities at Moline High School.”

The closure is being implemented at the recommendation of the Rock Island County Health Department as a precautionary measure “to minimize further spread at the high school.”

Current in-season-only IHSA athletics are allowed to continue, strictly following all health and safety guidelines. Out-of-season athletics contact time and all other high school extracurriculars and activities are suspended through Oct. 9. 

The district will continue to offer free-meal pick up for any remote-learning students in the district on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at Wilson and John Deere Middle Schools from 9:30-11:30am.

Covid-19 statistics are reported on the district website and are updated weekly.

This is a developing story. Local 4 will provide updates when they are available.

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