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Seven students in quarantine after potential COVID-19 exposure at school in Kyrene School District

Posted at 4:52 PM, Aug 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-22 23:55:36-04

Seven students receiving in-person support services from Kyrene del Milenio Elementary School will now have to quarantine for 14 days after they were potentially exposed to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19.

The district's 16,500 students are all learning remotely, however some campuses are providing in-person learning opportunities to a small number of students in compliance with Governor Ducey's executive order.

A district spokesperson says this is the only known case of coronavirus in the district, and they were notified about it on Thursday.

In a letter sent to the seven impacted families on Thursday, the school's principal says the last possible exposure was Wednesday, August 19, in Ms. Nelson's CCD classroom, as well as on bus 35 before school and bus 97 after school.

"For privacy reasons and in observance of direction from the Maricopa County Department of Health, this is the only detail we can share about the individual case," Principal Michael Lamp wrote. "We want to assure you that safety measures have been observed on campus and on buses as outlined in Kyrene’s mitigation plan. Additionally, Kyrene School District will deploy a team to conduct a thorough sanitization of campus facilities."

The students in quarantine can return to school on September 2.

Right now, the district does not have a set date to return to in-person learning and has said it will rely on information from the state and Maricopa County to help guide that decision.

The district's governing board is expected to discuss the updated data during its next meeting on Tuesday, August 25.