Teton County classes quarantined less than a month into school year

JACKSON, Wyo. — Students in Teton County have been in class for less than a month and COVID-19 has already impacted face-to-face learning.

As of Friday, Sept. 18, two classes have been quarantined according to Teton County School District (TCSD). Face-to-face classes began less than a month ago on August 30.

“We are working with the Teton County Health Department to support contact tracing and sending quarantine letters on their behalf when requested,” said Teton County School District Director of Communications Charlotte Reynolds. “We currently have two classes that are quarantined. The classes and teachers are participating in virtual, online instruction until the Health Department orders expire.”

So what does TCSD do when an identified student or staff tests positive? In most cases, the infected are requested to learn from home while quarantining, and the classrooms or “pods” are closed off for at least 24 hours. Next, the health department will complete contact tracing while the learning area is disinfected and the school nurse notifies appropriate parties.

In preparation for the school year, TCSD created a flow chart highlighting different scenarios and what actions to take if and when the virus makes its way into the schools.

“We have clear protocols and procedures in place to reduce exposure and spread of the virus within our schools,” Reynolds said. “We ask for the support of students and families by staying home if you are sick, keeping students home if there is a positive case in the home, or if someone is symptomatic.”

This video provides information for parents and guardians of Teton County School District students regarding COVID-19. Please note that the information presented is based on policies as of Sept. 14, 2020,  and are subject to change.

“Keeping our schools open to face to face learning requires us all to do our part,” Reynolds said.

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