Virus case sends IGLLS students home

Monday, November 16, 2020
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Doors shut following principal’s COVID diagnosis

Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran School became the first local institution forced to close its doors to students this school year as a result of COVID-19. The school was forced to send those enrolled home after the school’s principal Sarah Popp was diagnosed with the virus.

A local parent of a student indicated student would not return to the classroom until after Thanksgiving, but no official return to classroom learning could be confirmed. No information was available from official sources at the school regarding plans for ongoing online learning options or possible extension of the education year.

Area pastors addressed Popp’s condition during services on Sunday, asking for prayer. Several Facebook posts from friends noted a GoFundMe account has been established for Popp who according to the public site “contracted COVID and has been transported to Sioux Falls to get the best care possible.”

The effort, organized by Marlee Christoffel, is raising money for medical bills and expenses with a target of $5,000.

Attempts to determine the number of families of staff and students impacted by any possible quarantine, as well as a timeline of exposure and safe reopening of the school, were directed to IGLLS Board President Leonard Langner and Colette Rossiter, with Clay County Public Health. Langner chose not to comment and Rossiter did not respond prior to press time.

The Rev. Paul Kaldahl, pastor of First English Lutheran Church in Spencer, which houses IGLLS classroom, said, "There's so much there with privacy laws and all that, we can't say much."

IGLLS is in its 20th year of providing Christian education to students to Spencer and the surrounding area. Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran School opened its doors on the campus of Christ the King in 1999 with a kindergarten class of five students. The goal was to reach out to families in Spencer and communities within a 40-mile radius. In August of 2015, IGLLS moved to its current location on the campus of FELC.

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  • Maybe you should get all your information before you print this story. You are not correct on most of it!

    -- Posted by fours3toomany on Tue, Nov 17, 2020, at 8:57 PM
  • My kids go to this school and this article (mainly the first paragraph) is FALSE! Our precious school principle had nothing to do with the school shutting down as she is one of the most cautious people we know and would NEVER expose us or our students to danger. She is now fighting for her life and this newspaper has the audacity to write misinformation like this. How sad! Also, why all of the sudden does the SDR care about Covid updates when for the past year they hardly have shared numbers or updates? Please remove or update this article and make things right! Be a trusted source of news not a gatherer of meshed together hearsay from social media. And please, for the respect of Mrs. Popp and our amazing school, make this article factual.

    -- Posted by TallTales1909 on Wed, Nov 18, 2020, at 7:32 AM
  • Someone needs fired!!!! Just terrible.

    -- Posted by Tyde1977 on Wed, Nov 18, 2020, at 2:02 PM
  • How sad they kept this fake news up here. So disappointing and disrespectful to Mrs. Popp and IGLLS!! Why Paula? Why Randy!??? Why?????

    -- Posted by superman83 on Wed, Nov 25, 2020, at 4:44 PM
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