Douglas County school's 6th grade in quarantine after positive COVID-19 test

District: 6th-grade classes at the school 'will transition to virtual learning'


Sixth-grade students and teachers at Sand Creek Elementary School in Highlands Ranch are under quarantine for two weeks after someone in the group tested positive for COVID-19, the Douglas County School District said.

The district was notified Aug. 22 that someone had tested positive, said Paula Hans, a spokesperson with the district.

“They will transition to virtual learning for two weeks and then return on or after Sept. 8,” she said Monday.

Students at the school are split into two cohorts, with half the students attending school in person Monday and Wednesday and the other half attending Tuesday and Thursday. All students have online learning on Fridays. That’s why some students will return from quarantine Sept. 8 and the rest Sept. 9.

The school district did not specify if it was a student or teacher who tested positive. However, the Tri-County Health Department, which the district is following for its quarantine protocol, asks people to quarantine if they have been within 6 feet of, or have spent 15 minutes or more, with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

If any of the students or teachers in quarantine test positive in the next two weeks, the district will consult Tri-County about next steps, Hans said.

“If someone is a sibling of a sixth grader (at Sand Creek), they can still attend school as long as the sibling doesn’t show symptoms or test positive,” she said. 

Over the weekend, the school was fully sanitized, Hans said. The rest of the school will continue hybrid learning this week.

When asked if there have been other positive cases in the district, Hans said “We are monitoring that on a regular basis.”


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