Watertown to continue online learning, suspension of activities

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Watertown High School will continue online classes and has postponed/canceled all extracurricular activities through next week due to a continued high number of COVID cases (34) and close contacts (250) within the building, according to superintendent Jeff Danielsen.

With respect to athletics, the Arrows’ football game scheduled for next Friday

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Watertown High School moves to online learning for one week

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Watertown football players huddle during the game against Roosevelt on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 at Howard Wood Field. (Photo: Abigail Dollins / Argus Leader)

Due to a high number of COVID cases and close contacts, Watertown High School will be going to online learning for the remainder of the week, superintendent Jeff Danielsen confirmed Monday.

Additionally, all extracurricular activities have been suspended for the remainder of the week, with all events either postponed or canceled.

Danielsen said that 20 positive coronavirus cases have been confirmed at the high school, 10 of which were added on Monday.

Contact tracing is still being conducted, but Danielsen said there are already more than 100 close contacts being quarantined and that figure could surpass 200 based on the average number of students who have been impacted previously by positive cases.

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