(Markesan) Citing a “dramatic rise in confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19” at all schools, the Markesan School District is closing until September 28. In a letter to parents, the district says the decision to take a “fall break” was made in conjunction with the Green Lake County Health Department. It will not be a virtual learning week and there will be no athletic activities, practices, or other events. The district will be adjusting the calendar, if necessary, to address instructional time requirements. Students who have been told to quarantine are being asked to follow the rules and stay home. Staff will be working during the shutdown, deep cleaning schools and preparing materials for virtual and in-person instruction. The district emphasizes that parents need to be vigilant about screening children prior to coming to school and keep them home if they exhibit any symptoms. The letter says breaking face-to-face contact will prepare the district for better in-person and, if necessary, virtual learning experiences moving forward through 2020.