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Increasing number of quarantined students causes school to temporary go virtual.

COURTSEY PHOTO: UNSPLASH  - Reynolds High School plans to be back to in-person instruction by Monday, Sept. 27. Positive COVID tests and a high number of quarantined students caused Reynolds High School to close Thursday and Friday, Sept. 6-17, as teachers began the transition to distance learning next week from Sept. 20-24.

According to the school's website, over the past few days a small group of students and staff have tested positive for the virus, which has led to a large group of students to quarantine due to possible exposure.

With groups of students in both in-person and distance learning, teachers are unable to teach in both environments at the same time. School leaders decided to have the entire school do a short-term comprehensive distance learning.

The short-term comprehensive distance learning will begin on Monday, Sept. 20, and continue through Friday, Sept. 24. The school expects students to return to in-person learning on Monday, Sept. 27.

This temporary closure and distance learning only applies to Reynolds High School.

In an effort to lessen the impact of future exposure and quarantine events, Reynolds High School will be implementing the following operational processes:

Vaccination Declaration: Families will be asked to voluntarily provide vaccination status for their Reynolds High School students. If vaccinated status for a student is confirmed, they may not be required to quarantine in the event of a future exposure. More information on the process will come soon.

Reinforced Seating Charts for Classrooms and Buses: Implementing reinforced seating charts for classrooms and buses to allow for more accurate exposure contact tracing and quarantine protocols.

No Spectators at Sporting Events: To decrease potential community spread, sporting events are limited to players, coaches, and support staff only. No spectators will be allowed at sporting events until further notice.

Reynolds School District is also asking families to limit the spread of the virus by getting the COVID-19 vaccine if eligible, wearing masks, staying home if sick and meeting family and friends outside.

For more information call Contact Reynolds High School at 503-667-3186.


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