Butte Central goes to temporary remote learning amid COVID-19 quarantines

Posted at 6:42 PM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-25 11:54:00-05

BUTTE — Butte Central High will return to remote learning for the rest of the week after many students were in quarantine or chose not to attend in-person classes.

“The number of kids either in quarantine or chose remote learning early in the week really created a situation where we had about half of our student body in school,” said Butte Central President Don Peoples.

Many of the student athletes participating in the Western A basketball tournament in Butte this week opted for remote learning to avoid contact with other students. Also many teachers will be working during the tournament.

“We just quite frankly don’t have enough substitutes to cover our classes on Thursday and Friday,” said Peoples.

The school has gone to remote learning before.

“Their classes are taught via Google Classroom, which means it’s very easy to transition into remote learning,” said Peoples.

Butte Central officials say this is just a temporary situation and they are confident in-person classes will return next week.

“We feel really good, you know, that the students who were positive are recovering well. It was a small number, and we should have most of our students returning and out of quarantine next week also,” said Peoples.

The school’s principal, J.P. Williams, has been off on medical leave, however, but the school won’t comment on the specifics due to confidentiality rules.