VALLEJO, California – Vallejo High School closed its campus and returned to full distance learning (DL) this week, after two students tested positive on COVID-19.
A district spokesman told KTVU that the decision was taken last Friday and taken as a precaution.
“There was a confirmed case of a student with COVID-19 and a suspicious case of another student (which has already been confirmed), at the Escola de Ensino Médio de Vallejo” Vallejo Unified School District spokesman Stephen Nichols said in a statement.
Nichols said that after an analysis, which included comprehensive contact tracking, district officials determined that the two students who tested positive could have exposed half of the campus.
The shutdown came just a few weeks after students at Vallejo High School (VHS) returned to classrooms, as schools were closed by the pandemic. Last month, high school students started taking courses on a hybrid model, according to district officials.
They said the closure was part of the protocols established when the district decided to bring the students back and that the system was working. Whenever there is a positive case among students, employees review and decide how to proceed based on each individual situation.
Nichols pointed to a recent incident in which a student-athlete at Jesse M. Bethel High School tested positive for the virus.
“In this case, our test showed that a student was positive with COVID-19, but that student was not an on-campus / hybrid student, instead he was permanently participating in our distance learning program this semester,” he explained. Nichols. “As long as we take the appropriate measures to ensure safety for that sports team, we do not need to return all Bethel in DL,” he added.
Because of the level of contact in school sports, the district has tested all of its athletes for protocol reasons, officials said, adding: “There is good news regarding VHS athletics: during our last routine screening (Thursday last week), all of our athletes at that school tested negative for COVID-19. “
Students with a positive VHS test were not athletes, and cases were reported directly to school staff.
The district said that with the classrooms empty, it was taking the opportunity to thoroughly clean the campus.
Authorities planned to notify families on Friday or earlier if students will resume classes on campus next week.