Seemingly several isolated positive COVID-19 cases continue to infiltrate area schools as Maur Hill-Mount Academy and Trinity Lutheran Schools took steps toward an all remote learning mode for a short term.

MH-MA President Phil Baniewicz announced Wednesday, Oct. 14 during the scheduled Fall Break there were seven active COVID cases and 35 persons amid the campus population on quarantine. County health officials are monitoring the cases. Baniewicz explained the predictions are that all in-school classes will resume Monday, Oct. 19. That is if all goes according to the expected releases from quarantine the number of active cases will reduce. Football and cross country sport activities resumed Wednesday. Other athletic teams and activities are still affected by the quarantine and active cases.

Baniewicz credits the Atchison County Health Department staff for their work with MH_MA to accordingly adjust protocols, monitoring and mitigation to lower the spread. The updated plan is currently in place and posted on website.

Due to a sudden outbreak among students, Baniewicz had previously announced Oct. 7 that all learning would be remote until Wednesday, Oct. 21 The interruption also a two-week suspension of activities and sports until that date as well. After numerous students had tested positive early last week and some showed symptoms and were awaiting test results when MH-MA school leaders made their decision.

USD 409 Superintendent Renee Scott reported on Tuesday, Oct. 13 in the district’s weekly report that there were no staff members testing positive for COVID-19 infections. However, two Atchison Elementary staff members are in isolation or quarantine due to a contact tracing.

Zero positive cases concerning pupils at Atchison Elementary, but six pupils are in isolation or quarantine due to contact tracing, Scott reported. One Atchison Middle School student is positively infected and seven students are isolated in quarantine due to contact tracing.

There is one student at Atchison High School who has tested positive with the coronavirus. Contact tracing has prompted quarantine for five students, according to Scott’s weekly report. There are zero student infections at Central School, but two students are in isolation/quarantine based on contact with an infected person.

Superintendent Andrew Gaddis reported one Atchison County Community Junior-Senior High School student tested positive as of Friday morning. There are five ACCJHS students in quarantine for a 14-day period due to direct contact within six feet of an infected person or 10 minutes or longer.

Principal Helen Schwinn, St. Benedict Catholic School reported that an employee had tested positive the first week of October and was in isolation. The employee was cleared to return to work Oct. 13. Another employee tested negative early earlier in the month was quarantined due to close contact with an infected person and is released to come to work this week. There are no other students or staff affected by the coronavirus, Schwinn said. SBCS will be on its regularly scheduled Fall Break for a few days. Classes will resume for Monday, Oct. 19, according to the SBCS calendar.

Benedictine College is reporting there are eight active cases among its total population of 2,505 persons. This reflects 0.3 percent of the population as posted on BC’s website at

Trinity Lutheran School officials announced via Facebook earlier this week that the school would be utilizing a virtual platform until Monday, Oct. 26 due to some persons impacted by the coronavirus within their school community.

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