OLIVIA — The BOLD School District will be returning to hybrid learning after 11 of its students tested positive for COVID-19.

High School Principal Jim Menton told BOLD School Board members Monday that about 140 students are in quarantine due to direct contact or because they participated in extracurricular activities with the infected students.

The state contacted the district Monday to say it was very concerned about the number of students who had tested positive and initially wanted the district to go to distance learning for preK-12, according to the principal.

Menton said he pointed out that large numbers of students are now participating in distance learning programming. He said the state was OK with his proposal to return to hybrid learning as long as the school emphasizes to students the importance of staying home when not feeling well. Students will also be urged to get tested if they are not feeling well, but the district cannot require them to do so.

Along with the 11 students known to have tested positive, the principal has heard of three other students believed to have the disease caused by the coronavirus.

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He said the school nurse is informed when individual students are quarantined and monitors the date as to when each student is cleared.