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CONCRETE — With COVID-19 case numbers remaining high in parts of Skagit County, Concrete Elementary School will on Wednesday close and shift to an online learning system.

“We’re dealing with a significant rise of COVID cases affecting both staff and students,” Concrete School District Superintendent Wayne Barrett said. “It’s so high in the area right now, it feels like we just can’t get ahead of it.”

Countywide, Skagit County Public Health reported 382 new COVID-19 cases for the seven-day period from Oct. 10 to Oct. 16.

In the district, students and staff are having to be quarantined, Barrett said, including some staff who have children in other districts.

The shift to remote learning is expected to last until Oct. 29, Barrett said.

It will not be the same as the hybrid and remote learning models the district used last year. Instead, it will include 70% Zoom instruction with a teacher in a classroom, Barrett said.

— Reporter Kera Wanielista: 360-416-2141, kwanielista@skagitpublishing.com, Twitter: @Kera_SVH, facebook.com/KeraReports

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