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The recent hike in COVID-19 cases in Montana and Fallon County has forced the school in Plevna to increase its vigilance in protecting the students, according to Superintendent Nick Schumacher.

One of the first steps was increasing efforts to sanitize the campus.

“We had everything laid out in our plan so we are ready for this,” he explained Tuesday. “We have ramped up the cleaning and disinfectant routine here inside of the building. Also, we have restricted the number of spectators at games. We have reduced the number of activities that we offer.”

“We are doing the best we can to keep students and adults physically distanced from one another as best as possible,” he said.

“In the past, we have had a Halloween parade in our school which is something we won’t be able to do this year, so any Halloween parties will need to be localized in the individual classrooms,” the superintendent explained.

According to the Fallon County Health Department, masks are required since the end of September.

There has not been a problem with masks on the Plevna school campus, the superintendent said.

“The vast majority of our students have been very co-operative with this mandate. That is something we greatly appreciate.”

The sports activities have been affected, Schumacher said. “We have not canceled or postponed any activities. However, several of our competitors have canceled or postponed games that we were scheduled to participate in.”

The Cougars will play elementary and junior high basketball this weekend – first Wibaux in Plevna Friday and then elementary and junior high basketball versus Broadus in Plevna, he said.

The school’s next high school volleyball game will be Oct. 24 in Broadus.

The Cougars play in the 2C District.

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