Gonzaga Prep temporarily moving classes online because of surge in COVID cases

SPOKANE, Wash.– Gonzaga Preparatory School is temporarily taking its classes online because of a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Gonzaga Prep said students would start online learning Wednesday, Jan. 12. The school plans on being back to in-person learning on Jan. 24.

School leaders said the move is in response to an increased number of COVID-19 cases, people quarantining after they were exposed and other illnesses like the flu.

“We believe that this decision will give our students the best educational experience and provide them the opportunity to finish the semester strong. We do not take this decision lightly, and want to affirm our commitment to providing an exceptional college preparatory, holistic, Jesuit education,” the school said in an email sent to families.

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