Glenwood, Carbondale, Basalt middle schools latest to quarantine student groups for COVID-19
Three Roaring Fork District middle schools have transitioned several students to distance learning while in quarantine, due to confirmed positive COVID-19 cases.
The district announced in separate news releases Wednesday evening that the impacted schools are Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt middle schools
GSMS transitioned one class of less than 16 students to distance learning, while CMS has transitioned most of its seventh grade and BMS its entire fifth grade, according to the announcements.
“All students who have been exposed have been contacted directly,” according to a district news release.
In the case of Carbondale and Basalt, the entire seventh and fifth grades, respectively, and assigned staff are a cohort, the release explains.
The affected GSMS students are to be in quarantine through Dec. 22, after the start of the holiday break, and will not return to in-person learning until Jan. 5.
The CMS quarantine also runs until Dec. 18, meaning impacted students and staff there will not return until after break.
The BMS fifth-grade quarantine will run through next Tuesday, Dec. 15, due to the timing of the positive COVID-19 case in that school, according to the release.
“All (BMS) fifth-grade families have been notified that their student may have been exposed and should quarantine until they hear differently,” the release stated.
In that case, Pitkin County Public Health may contact families in the next couple of days for further contact tracing and updated quarantine information,“ according to the release.
“The affected areas in the school will be deep cleaned and disinfected prior to the return of non-impacted students and staff. Students in grades 6-8 will remain in normal session.”
Students who are quarantined at home and not symptomatic are expected to take part in distance learning through electronic means, where possible, or through asynchronous learning, according to the release.
A quarantine does not mean there is an outbreak or person-to-person coronavirus spread in a school. Rather, it is a public health-directed measure to try to prevent an outbreak from occurring.
An outbreak is defined by public health officials as two or more cases traced to person-to-person spread in a known location, such as a business, office, place of worship, institutional setting or a public gathering.
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