Recreational sports leagues operated by the Jamestown Parks and Recreation Department have been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Doug Hogan, superintendent.

The announcement was made Monday following Gov. Doug Burgum's order Friday that requires people to wear a mask indoors or outdoors when they cannot social distance from other people who are not part of their household. The order also limited the size of gatherings and reduced some business hours and occupancy rules.

Along with the suspension of recreational league activity until further notice, the district is requiring all patrons 5 years of age and older at all park district facilities to wear masks. Patrons are required to wear their coverings over their mouth and nose while they are not engaged in exercise. Coverings may be taken off while exercising or actively participating in physical activity, although Hogan said wearing masks even while exercising is advisable.

The offices of Jamestown Parks and Recreation will remain open but will not accept walk-in visitors at this time. The district office can be reached at 252-3982.

The Jamestown Public School Board, meeting for its regular meeting Monday, discussed issues related to teacher safety but took no action on educational schedules.

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Gayle Nelson, school board member, pointed out that five members of the school board attended the meeting remotely while they were requiring teachers to teach class in the classroom with students.

Jamestown High School and Jamestown Middle School transitioned from students in class two days per week and distance learning three days per week to a four-day per week classroom on Monday.

Rob Lech, superintendent of Jamestown Public Schools, said there were 33 students absent with COVID-19 which amounted to 1.5% of the student body.

"We continue to be challenged with sick students and sick staff," he said. "We need the community's help with recruiting substitute teachers and mitigation strategies to reduce the pandemic."