COVID-19 exposure reported on Scappoose team bus
The Scappoose School District is reporting another case of COVID-19.
This time, the exposure was reported on an athletic event bus ride. It will result in more than two dozen students, most of them student athletes, having to quarantine under health and safety protocols.
In a letter posted Monday, May 3, on Facebook, Superintendent Tim Porter told staff and families that "24 members of the two teams (JV and Varsity) were identified as contacts."
Porter continued in his letter, "This exposure occurred on April 26. On April 27, two additional students were identified as contacts in classrooms at school."
Reached by the Spotlight, Scappoose High School athletic director Adam Strachan confirmed: "We did have an exposure occur on a bus that was carrying one of our athletic teams. The local public health authority made the determination that the other members on the bus, the other people on the bus, were all going to be considered close contacts and they would all need to quarantine for 14 days."
Strachan declined to comment on which team is dealing with the COVID-19 exposure, stating instead that further word would come from the superintendent.
Porter's letter outlined that each situation calls for different protocols, and in this instance, contact tracing revealed two close classroom contacts (less than 6 feet for greater than 15 minutes) and that the entire bus was quarantined (including a bus driver) except the coaches with vaccinations.
"The rule for bus exposure is one case is an exposure to all on a bus for greater than 15 minutes," Porter noted.
According to public health guidelines, students may not return to school before the 14-day quarantine, regardless of receiving a negative test result.
The Spotlight has reached out to Porter for more information.
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