Grantsburg school district shut their doors on Friday and closed their schools to in-person learning due to a staffing shortage due to COVID-19 exposure.

Grantsburg superintendent Josh Watt told the Sentinel last Friday the district had 19 staff members and 73 students were out due to either a COVID-19 positive test or were in close contact of a positive case.

“The school district was closed on Feb. 12 due to a staffing shortage,” Watt said. “Over the past couple of weeks, there has been an increase of COVID positive cases and close contacts to positive cases in the Grantsburg School District. Following CDC and WI DHS guidelines, when a person is quarantined for 10-14 days and these periods often overlap, it can create a disruption to all involved.”

Watt did not comment on the planned peaceful protest that was planned on Friday during the school day at the Grantsburg High School.

Students were back in the classroom on Tuesday morning for in-person instruction.