Heritage Excessive College in Littleton will shut after greater than two dozen employees members and 100 college students have been pressured to quarantine due to potential publicity to COVID-19.
Diane Leiker, chief communications officer for Littleton Public Faculties, confirmed that the district was made conscious Tuesday and Wednesday of 1 scholar and one employees member who examined optimistic for the novel coronavirus. These two circumstances despatched a mixed 127 folks, together with a couple of third of college employees, into quarantine this week, in accordance with letters despatched to Heritage Excessive households.
“As a result of there are actually a complete of 27 employees members — about one third of the complete Heritage Excessive College employees — who should quarantine for 14 days, we shouldn’t have sufficient employees within the college to supply enough supervision and security for our college students,” stated principal Stacey Riendeau within the Sept. 2 letter to households.
Heritage Excessive College will likely be closed Friday by way of Sept. 11, throughout which college students and employees will take part in distant studying, Leiker stated. The college is predicted to reopen on Sept. 14, when the quarantined college students and employees might return.
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Heritage joins a rising listing of colleges coping with circumstances of COVID-19. Fort Lupton Excessive College in Weld County additionally shut down and transitioned all 480 of its college students to distant studying by way of Sept. eight after two optimistic circumstances popped up.
On Wednesday, the Colorado Division of Public Well being and Atmosphere reported three new outbreaks in faculties. The company defines an outbreak as when a number of college students or college students and employees take a look at optimistic after spending time collectively in school and it appears possible the virus unfold within the college. Heritage Excessive College is just not thought-about to have an outbreak.