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Schools, families try to adapt as COVID-19 spreads in rural Wisconsin — 10/20/20

Today we highlight our story about the rapidly shifting landscape in rural Wisconsin as families and schools cope with the surging COVID-19 pandemic. Reporter Peter Cameron found that while most of Wisconsin’s rural districts began the school year with in-person classes, many have been forced to convert to virtual or hybrid systems — at least temporarily — as the pandemic infiltrates small towns and rural areas. 

More than 15,000 children ages 17 or younger have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Wisconsin, while nearly 500 schools have been investigated for outbreaks, according to the state Department of Health Services. Nevertheless, research is showing that the vast majority of children do not suffer the worst effects of the coronavirus. And the extent to which they may spread the coronavirus is still unclear. Top Stories 

Courtesy of Amy LundBrad Steinmetz, who previously was the La Farge High School’s social studies teacher and now is the town’s historian, takes teacher Amy Lund’s students on a walking tour of the town for a history lesson.