The Scappoose School District announced earlier today that a Scappoose Middle School student contracted COVID-19.
After learning of the positive test result, district officials say, teachers provided seating charts for contact tracers to identify close contacts, meaning students and staff who had been less than 6 feet from the affected person for more than 15 minutes.
Superintendent Tim Porter said 14 students have been identified as close contacts.
Parents were notified to pick up students who were found to be close contacts. Those students must stay home from school for 14 days.
Porter said at least one staff member was also identified as a close contact. He declined to say how many staff were close contacts and how many would need to quarantine, saying that the low numbers could make them too easy to identify.
Close contacts must quarantine unless they are fully immunized with a COVID-19 vaccine.
Scappoose Middle School just resumed in-person classes Monday, April 12. In-person learning will continue despite the positive test and quarantines.
"As members of the school community, we understand that this might raise concerns alongside a caring response," Porter wrote in a letter to staff and families. "We are working closely with Columbia County Public Health to respond to this news and protect the health of our community by identifying close contacts and asking them to quarantine for 14 days."
"We will keep you updated with any new information as it comes out while meeting the requirements to
honor everyone's right to privacy," Porter wrote.
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