Jessica Cejnar / Monday, Aug. 24 @ 5:48 p.m.
Second COVID-19 Case Connected To Castle Rock Charter School
A second staff member at Castle Rock Charter School has tested positive for COVID-19, Del Norte County Office of Education officials confirmed Monday.
Del Norte Superintendent of Schools Jeff Harris said in a Monday video address that the two cases aren't related.
"They're in a different segment of the school," he said, "and the close contacts may have come from two completely different areas."
This second positive case connected with the County Office of Education charter school comes as staff with Del Norte Unified School District prepare for the first day of distance learning on Aug. 31. Staff are working with the Del Norte Public Health Branch to conduct further contact tracing at the charter school, DNCOE Spokesman Michael Hawkins told the Wild Rivers Outpost.
"I'm not able to tell you the way that it came in and how contact tracing has gone," Hawkins said, adding the County Office of Education would provide further information on Tuesday. "Right now what we're trying to do is identify all the areas that need to be sanitized in the entire school; deep sanitization."
Castle Rock is an independent study program. According to Hawkins, DNUSD teachers have spent much of the week doing professional development via Zoom. Classified staff may be at district campuses cleaning the facilities, he said, and some teachers may be in their classroom to get ready for the upcoming first-day of lessons.
Harris urged parents to visit Del Norte County's COVID-19 Information Hub for more information. He noted that federal laws around employee health and privacy prohibit him from sharing further information.