The Bloomer school district moved to remote learning for two weeks beginning on Monday, Nov. 2, due to staff shortages as the result of COVID-19 quarantine/isolation guidelines. According to information released by the district, as of Tuesday, Oct. 27, there were 55 district students and staff in COVID related quarantine. As of that date there was one active COVID case among students and staff and nine with confirmed positive tests to date.

In a news release dated Oct. 27 on the district website superintendent Brian Misfeldt said, “In order to keep families informed of the current COVID-19 situation in our schools the School District of Bloomer will be releasing a weekly COVID-19 status update. The update will be sent out on either Tuesday or Wednesday of each week and provide the most up-to-date information available on the number of positive cases and individuals in quarantine in our District.”

Regarding the switch to remote learning Misfeldt said, in a letter to district families, “Due to COVID-19 quarantine/isolation guidelines we have a significant staff shortage and are unable to provide adequate supervision of students. Accordingly, we are making the difficult decision to temporarily move to remote learning for a two-week period. Today, Friday, Oct. 30, will be our last day of in person learning. Monday, Nov. 2 and Tuesday, Nov. 3 will be used as staff preparation days and we will begin remote learning on Wednesday, Nov. 4. The remote learning period will run through Friday, Nov. 13 and we will be making every effort to return to in person learning on Monday, Nov. 16.”

He went on to tell families, “The remote learning process will be different for each grade level. On Monday, Nov. 2, your student’s principal will be sending additional information regarding the remote learning process and the schedule for remote learning.”

Misfeldt also told families that the district will be providing lunches for students available for pickup at each of the districts three school buildings. Meals can be picked up between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. daily in the main entrance of each building.

Families planning to pick up lunches are asked to please complete the brief survey found at https://forms.gle/dPeZUPmE1BvSApe97 so the district can prepare an accurate number of meals.

At this time the closure does not affect school sports and extracurricular activities.

“The School District of Bloomer is currently going virtual due to staffing, therefore, at this time all athletic and extracurricular events are still able to be held,” said Bloomer High School athletic director, Jason Stienmetz via email on Monday, Nov. 2. “We will be playing our varsity football game this coming Friday at home versus C-W.”

Misfeldt concluded by saying, “We will need to continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation. Therefore, we ask that you notify your child’s school office if your child tests positive for COVID-19 or are placed in quarantine due to being a close contact during the school closure.”