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Gridley High School confirms first coronavirus case

A Gridley High student has tested positive, one week after classes resumed in person.

Posted: Oct 27, 2020 7:29 PM
Updated: Oct 28, 2020 9:10 AM

GRIDLEY, Calif. - One week in to the return to campus and a Gridley High student has already tested positive for covid-19.

All Gridley schools are officially back to in-person classes five days a week. They reopened fully last Monday.

Now, many parents say they are upset because they were not notified about the first confirmed case.

One parent who did not want to be identified said, "I'm very upset, I am taking my daughter back out of school. I called this morning to let them know I heard of the case and they transferred me to the nurse's office and said there was one positive case but only notified the students that needed to be notified," she said.

Parent, Gloria Fuentes says she was also not notified. "That is something that they should notify parents of right away so we can take action and keep our families safe."

Gridley Unified Superintendent, Jordan Reeves says the student positive last week and is now in quarantine.

Reeves tells Action News Now the district is working with Butte County Public Health.

Health officials are in charge of tracing the student’s contacts and will quarantine anyone who came in contact with them.

Action News Now asked Reeves how they plan to prevent this from happening again. He says they are following the recommended safety precautions like socially distancing, sanitizing, and wearing masks.

Reeves says the district decided to go to a full-on in-person schedule because the majority of parents were in favor of it.

"The reason is that Gridley went back and that 85% of our parents want kids back for in-person instruction is because since March 17th we have lost 90 instruction in-person days and over 25,000 minutes of in-person learning for our students and nearly 85% of our parents recognize that and so it's obviously something our community wants and feels very strongly about," he said. 

Reeves adds, since not every student returned to campus and classes were already small, he says kids are still able to socially distance within classrooms.

But some parents have expressed that some class sizes are the same as they were before the coronavirus. 

He says lunch and recess breaks at some elementary schools are staggered so that there aren't a lot of students in one place at a time. At the high school, however, there is only one lunch period. 

Traffic flow in all hallways is modified. Restrooms are locked during passing periods to avoid large crowds.

Reeves says schools would not have to shut down unless at least 5% of the students and staff test positive. 

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