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OSHKOSH – All students in the Oshkosh Area School District will move to fully online classes for at least two weeks starting Thursday after an increase in COVID-19 cases, the district announced Tuesday morning.

District officials made the move with advice from the Winnebago County Health Department after seeing the number of positive cases and exposures increase across the city and district.

The district expects to remain fully online for at least two weeks, according to the announcement. Officials will re-evaluate Oct. 8 whether the district will return to in-person learning, which will depend on a recommendation from the Winnebago County Health Department. The earliest students would return to school would be Oct. 12.

North and West high schools were set to move fully online starting Wednesday after “extensive community spread of COVID-19 in OASD boundaries” and the increasing number of students and staff under quarantine. West officials announced Friday that cases there increased to five and that more than 100 students were under quarantine after potential exposure to the virus.

District officials said they plan to return to in-person learning “as quickly as possible once it is safe to do so,” which depends on recommendations from the health department. 

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