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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to ripple through the Buena Vista School District, with middle schoolers working at home until Oct. 1 – after a positive case was identified at the middle school.

High school students had a day of remote learning Tuesday, Sept. 22, but were cleared to be back in class Wednesday. The district announced the decision to close the school on Sept. 20 to investigate the high school’s possible exposure to COVID-19. Monday, Sept. 21 was already scheduled as a professional learning day with no students in the Middle-High School building, which contains facilities for both middle and high school students.

“It was determined that the positive case was not at Buena Vista High School during their infectious period,” noted a letter to parents. “The close contacts of the positive case have been notified and instructed to begin a 14-day quarantine from the time of last exposure.”

The middle school population remains under quarantine. “Because it is impossible to assess all interactions in a school and because of the length of time which classes spend together, the entire school population is considered a close contact,” a letter to parents stated. “All students and staff in the school must follow quarantine instructions and stay home from school for 14 days since last exposure.”

Superintendent Lisa Yates said the quarantine and Oct. 1 return coordinate with the last time the affected individual was at the middle school.

A first and a second-grade classroom from Avery Parsons Elementary School are slated to return to in-person learning on Monday, Sept. 28 after a positive case there caused them to quarantine for 14 days.

Yates  said that overall, the transition to temporary at-home learning has gone reasonably well. “They were able to jump right in,” she said of the students, noting that several parents had been apprehensive about how a transition to remote learning would go, and whether it would echo the confusion that was experienced when schools were ordered closed in the spring.

Instructions about how to quarantine are available here:

Those facing barriers to quarantining with their child should contact Public Health in order to connect with local resources. If a child develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19 parents should:

  • Follow these isolation instructions.
  • Have your child tested.
  • Continue to keep your child home from school and avoid other activities around other people. ●
  • Notify the school.
  • Seek medical care and testing for COVID-19, calling your doctor before you show up.