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Rifle Middle School classes join Rifle High, Highland Elementary schools on COVID protocols Monday

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More than 180 students and staff from Rifle High School, Rifle Middle School and Highland Elementary School are required to quarantine starting Monday because of concerns regarding COVID-19.

“This weekend, Garfield Re-2 School District was informed by the Garfield County Department of Public Health of individual(s) that are confirmed to have COVID-19, or who have COVID-19 like symptoms or illness,” according to a Saturday evening news release from the school district.

A separate Sunday news release advised of classes at Rifle Middle School joining the high school and elementary school on quarantine protocol.

In total, 171 students and eight adults between the three schools were requested to quarantine following an investigation by Garfield County Public Health. Beginning Monday, the affected classes will transition to online learning. 

“The individuals diagnosed are being kept home from school until they are no longer infectious,” the release states. “The individual’s activities when they could have spread COVID-19 have been assessed.”

People in close contact with these specific individuals are instructed to stay home from school for 14 days after the exposure, the release further states. They are also advised to not partake in play dates, sports, church or extracurricular activities for the full 14-day quarantine.

“Parents/caregivers of a child in quarantine are considered ‘contacts of a contact’ and are not required to quarantine,” the release reads. “However, parents need to continue to monitor their family’s symptoms.”

According to the Re-2 district, the schools will undergo deep cleaning and disinfecting prior to Monday. All three schools will also offer drive-through meal pick-up options. Families interested in pick-up meals are encouraged to contact their schools by 9 a.m. daily. Meal pick-ups are available 11 a.m.-noon.

The announcement came one day after Roaring Fork School District said 23 Basalt Elementary School students would transition to remote learning following contact with at least one individual with COVID-19. Classes at Glenwood Springs High School are also on quarantine, and Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale has reverted to 100% distance learning, also due to positive COVID-19 cases or exposure.

A quarantine does not mean there is an outbreak in a school. Rather, it is a preventative measure to ensure an outbreak does not occur. An outbreak is defined as two or more cases traced to person-to-person spread in a known location, such as a business, office or institutional setting.

In the Garfield Re-2 School District, one entire school, Riverside Middle School in New Castle, is 100% online due to confirmed COVID-19 cases among students and/or staff.

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