WABASH CO., Ill. (WFIE) - COVID-19 has impacted all of our schools here in the Tri-State, but Wednesday morning, one Illinois school district is sharing some alarming new statistics about the impact it had on them this past fall.
Wabash Community School District Number 348 in Mt. Carmel Illinois tells us they had to take it day by day last semester.
The schools tried out different plans, including going fully remote, an A/B schedule, and a full return to the classrooms.
They checked the temperatures of all students before they could enter the school buildings.
However, the coronavirus cases continued to impact them, and at one point they lost their entire first-grade teaching staff.
The school district also tells us that about 50 percent of their students received one “F” last semester in a class.
They also faced an issue with 20 percent of students dropping off the grid all together.
It’s something that concerns them, and they are working hard to get fixed.
“We’re having trouble with students just detaching. Maybe it’s a myriad of reasons, I can’t pinpoint them. All of our guidance counselors are reaching out constantly to every student we have,” said Superintendent Dr. Chuck Bleyer.
As students go into this new semester, they will be learning virtually on Mondays and go to in-person learning four days a week.
The school district hopes this gives teachers the chance to catch up with students who are struggling.
As of Tuesday, there have been 1,067 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wabash County. The health department is offering drive-up testing at their facility seven days a week.