3 Rifle schools impacted with latest quarantine
The Garfield Re-2 School District has transitioned 81 students and nine educators at three Rifle schools to online instruction while in quarantine for 14 days, due to confirmed cases of COVID-19 and individuals experiencing symptoms.
The impacted schools are Rifle High School and Highland and Wamsley Elementary schools, the district said in a late Saturday news release.
“Garfield Re-2 was made aware of two separate situations that led to the quarantines,” according to the release. “The cases are not related.”
The district and building administrators are working with Garfield County Public Health on follow-up investigation and contact tracing. In the meantime:
Individuals diagnosed are being kept home from school until they are no longer infectious.
Activities when those individuals could have spread COVID-19 have been assessed.
The people who were close contacts of the person with COVID-19 have been instructed to stay home from school for 14 days (quarantine) after the exposure.
“Any child that was in at least one class or group as the person diagnosed with COVID-19, must follow quarantine instructions and stay home from school for 14 days from the date of exposure,” the district said in the release.
Impacted students will switch to online instruction beginning Monday, and will not be allowed back to school until their quarantine period completes, according to the release.
“Custodial staff has cleaned and disinfected the schools and they are prepared for the return of non-impacted students and staff.”
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