El Dorado Schools announced Wednesday afternoon that it is closing all school buildings on Thursday and Friday. USD 490 said the decision was made in collaboration with the Butler County Health Department and based on staffing shortages and student absences. USD 484 Fredonia announced Wednesday afternoon that it will be closed through next Monday after reporting almost 40 active COVID cases in its buildings including a number of staff, coaches and teachers. “The health and safety of our students and our employees is our #1 priority. We have been testing a large portion of our student body each morning, and we are seeing a positivity rate between 7-8% each morning. This delay will hopefully break this cycle of positive cases,” the district said.