Ridgway Elementary class quarantined after positive staff test

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A third grade class at Ridgway Elementary School has been instructed to quarantine for the next week after being exposed to a staff member who tested positive for COVID-19. 

Superintendent Susan Lacy said in an email to the school community late Friday afternoon that “a portion of our elementary special education team and Ms. Hunt’s 3rd grade cohort” need to stay home from school and other activities through Feb. 6. They will ave remote learning for the week, and can return to in-person classes on Feb. 8. 

The school’s cohort model, which is intended to minimize disruption from COVID cases, means only students in the same cohort as the person who tested positive need to quarantine.  Siblings of those students can still attend school “unless their sibling gets sick or tests positive for COVID-19,” she said. 

This is the second group of Ridgway students instructed to quarantine due to exposure this month. Sixth graders were moved to online learning for seven days after two staff members tested positive, and returned to in-person classes earlier this week.

Three grades at Ouray School are also currently quarantined after three staff members tested positive. 

Both school districts have been testing teachers regularly to identify cases quickly and limit spread.