Jessica Cejnar / Monday, Sept. 21 @ 10:08 a.m.

COVID-19 Case Connected to Kalmiopsis Elementary In Brookings; In-Person K-3 Classes Canceled


A COVID-19 case has been connected to Kalmiopsis Elementary School in Brookings, Brookings-Harbor School District reported Monday.

In-person classes for kindergarten through third-grade have been canceled as of Monday, district superintendent David Marshall stated.

From a BHSD news release Monday:

Dear BHSD Staff and Families,

Today, Brookings-Harbor School District was notified by Curry County Public Health that there has been a confirmed exposure of COVID-19 to Kalmiopsis Elementary School. At this time the individuals have been contacted and are at home self-isolating and monitoring for symptoms. In order to protect the privacy of the individuals, this will be the only information released by the district about these individuals. ‚Äč

For members of the school and greater community, we understand that this will cause concern. We are working closely with Curry County Public Health to take additional steps to protect the health of our community. Working in collaboration with Curry County Public Health, the following initial measures and extra precautions are being put in place:

  • In-person instruction for grades Kindergarten through Third Grade will be canceled starting Monday, Sept. 21.
    • For kindergarten through third-grade students who were receiving face-to-face instruction, your teacher will be contacting you on Monday, Sept. 21, and distance learning will begin no later than Tuesday, Sept. 22.
    • Students who were already receiving online-only instruction are not impacted.
  • Deep cleaning of impacted areas
  • Notification of impacted individuals that the health department determines to be a “close contact” of the positive case 
    • Individuals who are determined to be in close contact with the exposed individuals will be contacted by the Curry County Health Department or the Brookings-Harbor School District and will need to quarantine for two weeks. 

Working in collaboration with Curry County Public Health, our goal is to be able to identify classes or grades that were not in close contact with impacted individuals and to resume in-person instruction with those classes prior to the end of the week.  

We apologize for the inconvenience of this school closure, and we thank you for continuing to do your part to protect yourself and others. The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is through wearing a face covering, practicing physical distancing, and practicing good health hygiene habits. Be sure to wash your hands frequently with soap and water, cover your coughs and sneezes, and avoid contact with people who have signs of illness.

Additional informational resources are available on the Oregon Department of Education’s Ready Schools, Safe Learners page, the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 page, and the Curry County Public Health website. For additional updates on precautions taken after this case, please visit the Brookings-Harbor School District website at brookings.k12.or.us.

Sincerely,

David Marshall, Superintendent

There are four active COVID-19 cases and 24 recovered cases in Curry County as of Monday, according to the Curry Office of Emergency Management.


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