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Grantsburg and Siren school districts are now handling COVID-19 cases inside the school. Burnett County Public Health has informed both districts of presumed positive cases of the coronavirus linked to individuals at the school.

Both districts sent emails to parents and posted on their respective Facebook pages on Monday.

In Grantsburg, students and staff members who were in close contact with the individuals were contacted, and they will be “excluded from school for 14 days from their last date of exposure” with the individuals.

The two individuals will be “excluded from school until they have been determined to be no longer infectious.” The letter said this was the guidance from Burnett County Public Health.

Siren High School will be closed for two weeks as part of their COVID response.

Middle school students were not in the building on Monday but were returned to school on Tuesday. The elementary students did not miss any time in the classroom.

The district explained on Facebook the positive tests came from a family member of a student and a non-staff coach.

All high school students will do remote learning until Oct. 5. when they return to school.

“This closure will include all activities, practices, and events for high school students,” the letter stated.

Siren Superintendent Kevin Shetler signed it along with the principals Carrie Herman, Darrell Imhoff and Wayne Koball.

Shetler told the Sentinel the school is disinfected and cleaned every night. As for high school students and staff members, they will be building from what they learned in the spring.

“The staff has taken the lessons learned during the spring closure and improved the delivery of remote learning,” Shetler said. “The education of the students will not be lessened by having to move to remote learning.”

He confirmed that all high school activities are on hold until Oct. 3.

Webster school district also dealt with a positive case earlier in the school year. The letter sent to families stated there was a positive case of COVID-19 in the Middle/High School building, however there were no identified close contacts with the individual.

The Sentinel reached out to Grantsburg Superintendent Josh Watt about clarifications and received no response.