District: Person at Scappoose High has COVID-19; at least 19 others to quarantine
The Scappoose School District says another person has contracted COVID-19, and 19 "close classroom contacts" are being asked to quarantine as well.
The exposure reportedly occurred April 19 and April 20 at Scappoose High School. Contact tracing has already been conducted, leading to the identification of the close contacts at Scappoose High, the school district says.
Because this is the second case in the class period, the entire class period is quarantined, according to the school district. It was not announced how many people that affects or what the impact may be on class schedules.
The case and quarantines were announced Monday, April 26, in a letter to school families and staff.
"As members of the school community, we understand that this might raise concerns alongside a caring response," Tim Porter, the school district's superintendent, wrote in the letter. "We are working closely with Columbia County Public Health to respond to this news and protect the health of our community."
The letter did not identify the person who has COVID-19, nor did it state whether the person is a student or a school employee. The 19 close contacts have not been identified publicly, either.
"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 added.
The Spotlight has reached out to Porter for more information.
Fifteen students at Scappoose Middle School were directed to quarantine after one of them tested positive for COVID-19, the Scappoose School District previously announced April 15.
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