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About 80 Steamboat students in quarantine, no staff affected

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 5:15 p.m. to reflect another quarantine in the district.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Three groups of students in the Steamboat Springs School District are in quarantine until Feb. 5 after being identified as “close contacts” to positive cases in two schools, according to separate emails sent to parents on Wednesday and Thursday.

At Steamboat Springs High School, 27 students are affected and 26 students at Steamboat Springs Middle School. Another group at the high school of about 30 students was required to quarantine on Thursday after exposure to another positive case.

“There is a public health investigation in progress at our school,” the Thursday message to parents reads. “We are working closely with Routt County Health, and at this time they feel it is safe to have students and staff in the building.”

There have been over a dozen quarantines affecting more than 250 students since the district returned from winter break, but most of those students are no longer in quarantine. No staff were required to quarantine from these cases, which has been key for the district to stay in the current hybrid-learning model.

Citing the highest-ever local case counts of COVID-19, the district’s Board of Education has rebuffed state guidance saying students at all levels should be in school full-time by delaying a phased implementation plan that would bring younger students back first.

The district is not violating the law by not following state guidance, and many other districts in the state are doing the same.

Just one member of the board, President Kelly Latterman, has signaled her preference to start bringing students back now, but ultimately, the board opted to revisit the plan at the next board meeting Feb. 8.

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