EUREKA, Calif. (KIEM) – Two people at Ferndale Elementary school have tested positive for COVID-19 for the first time since the school district re-opened in late August.
The first person was on campus for one school day before getting tested after not feeling well the following day. They tested positive on January 4th, and the students that came in contact with that person self-isolated and did distanced learning until the Tuesday after their 14 day quarantine.
The second person who tested positive will be doing distance learning until January 27th, along with the people they came in contact with. However, there were no positive cases within the group that came in contact with this second case.
There will also be a separate group of people that will be doing distance learning as a precautionary measure until January 22nd.
Principal of Ferndale Elementary, Beth Anderson, says, “to date, no one else in the quarantine cohort has tested positive or had symptoms, which speaks to the protocols we have put in place… I feel really confident. Our staff and our students have done a great job following the protocols, taking it seriously, and making it work so that the students can be on campus.”
The plans and protocols include social distancing, masking, disinfecting classrooms, and dividing students into separate groups to prevent the spread of the virus.