Update: Quarantines at Soda Creek grow to affect 28 students and staff | SteamboatToday.com

Update: Quarantines at Soda Creek grow to affect 28 students and staff

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, to reflect an update to the number of those in quarantine after additional information was provided by the school district.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — More than 20 Soda Creek Elementary School students and seven staff members are now in quarantine, with students and staff in both cohorts at the school being affected.

Eleven students and five staff at Soda Creek Elementary School are being quarantined until Jan. 19 after having close contact with a positive COVID-19 case, according to an email sent to parents on late Sunday. They can return to school on Jan. 20.

Earlier in the day, a separate email to parents said 10 students and two staff members at the elementary school needed to quarantine, because they were “close contact” to a positive case as well.

Some of those being quarantined are expected to be able to return to school Jan. 19, the same day the Steamboat Springs School District plans to bring back kindergarten through second grade students to the classroom full time.

On Friday, about a dozen students and a staff member at Strawberry Park Elementary School needed to go into quarantine after a student at the school broke quarantine protocols.

The quarantines come right after winter break when the district opted to delay moving to a full-time, in-person teaching model at any level to avoid a potential outbreak in schools stemming from the holidays.

The district’s phased implementation plan, which brings younger students back to the classroom full time first followed by older students, will be a central focus of Monday’s Board of Education meeting. The board will discuss the plan, potentially outlining when students at various levels will return to class full time.

The district has reached out to all close contacts of this positive case. If a parent did not receive a call, their child was not a close contact.

“We are working closely with Routt County Health, and at this time, they feel it is safe to have students and staff in the buildings,” Superintendent Brad Meeks wrote in the update to parents.

The district is asking for parents to monitor their children for symptoms and keep them at home while awaiting a COVID-19 test.

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