Fort Lupton High School closes for 2 weeks after 2 students test positive for COVID-19 – The Denver Post

Two Fort Lupton High School students have tested positive for COVID-19, prompting a two-week shutdown of the high school just days into the new school year.

The Weld Re-8 School District announced the first positive test on its Facebook page Wednesday morning. The next was announced to parents via an email from Debra Oliver, the lead secretary at the high school, and signed by Alan Kaylor, superintendent of schools. The text of the email is also posted on the Fort Lupton High School website.

The facebook post says the first student who tested positive was in the blue cohort at the high school, and all students in the blue cohort would be dismissed from school according to guidelines and guidance from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment.

There are 294 students in the blue cohort, according to a high school official.

The email indicated that Wednesday it was discovered a student in the white cohort, the only other cohort in the school, had also tested positive. Two hundred and ten students make up that cohort.

That necessitated a shutdown of the whole school through at least Tuesday, September 7, according to the email sent to parents, which was forwarded to the Greeley Tribune.

“Contact tracing has occurred to identify other individuals who had contact with the positive COVID-19 students,” the email read. “We have been in close contact with the Weld County Health Department and are following all Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recommendations. Fort Lupton High School will move to full remote learning for all students effective Thursday, August 20, 2020.  No students will be in the In-Person learning through September 7, 2020 and will return to the In-Person option on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.  All other Weld Re-8 schools remain open for In-Person learning.  All afterschool activities including off season workouts at Fort Lupton High School have been cancelled for this evening.”

According to the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment, there is one case of COVID-19 in Fort Lupton as of Aug. 18. County data reports the 7-day rolling average case count in Fort Lupton is 2.143, which is the average across seven days of cases on Aug. 18 and the previous six days.

Parents and families were asked to pick up students at the front entrance of the high school if they are in need of transportation home.

There are 166 students in the remote-only group at Fort Lupton High School.

In a message to the Weld Re-8 community posted on the district website July 4, superintendent Alan J. Kaylor wrote of some of the district’s pre-opening plans while acknowledging “the reality of COVID-19 continues to evolve almost daily.”

Kaylor wrote of the district employing social distancing and having hand sanitizer available as two of the precautions in place to prevent the spread of the virus.

For additional information, Kaylor’s post referred district community members to a PDF file.

This is a developing story and will be updated as information is available. 

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