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Rock Island High School will close for two weeks beginning Wednesday, November 4 due to an increase of COVID-19 cases at the school.

In an announcement posted on the Rick Island High School website, students at Rock Island High School will be learning at home the next two weeks. The reason for this decision is because of an increase in positive cases of COVID-19 and a growing number of high school staff/students that are currently excluded from in-person learning due to a potential exposure. Dr. Reginald Lawrence, superintendent of the Rock Island-Milan School District, is recommending that Rock Island High School close for a period of two weeks to quarantine students and staff.

In the announcement, officials say that after consulting with the Rock Island County Health Department, it was determined that Rock Island High School will close for a two week period that will begin this Wednesday, and end on November 16.

Students at Rock Island High School will be able to report back for blended learning on Tuesday, November 17. During the two weeks, all instruction for all Rock Island High School students and staff will be full remote learning. The high school building itself will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized which is part of the state health and safety guidelines.

All extracurriculars and activities for Rock Island High School students are suspended through November 16.

All other schools within the school district will stay open and continue to have blended in-person learning a. Rock Island High School students and staff will be receiving additional information on the website https://rihs.rimsd41.org about the remote learning schedule.

Meal distribution will still occur at the high school during the closure.

Officials say that the temporary closure of Rock Island High School is designed to minimize further spread and keep students and staff safe.

If there are any updates, district and school officials will communicate immediately via Remind, robo-call, and posting a notice on the website www.rimsd41.org.