Four cases of COVID-19 confirmed between Dillingham Elementary and Middle-High School

Aug 30, 2021

At the Dillingham Middle-High School, seven families were notified that they have a child who is considered a close contact. At the elementary school, students who share a class with the confirmed cases are all considered close contacts.

Students on the first day of school. Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021
Credit KDLG/Izzy Ross

 

  

The Dillingham City School District announced four cases of COVID-19 across multiple grade levels on Monday.

In a news release, District Superintendent Jason Johnson said three of the cases are students at Dillingham Elementary School and one is a student at the middle-high school.

Johnson said public health officials traced the close contacts of each student who tested positive.

At the middle-high school, seven families were notified that they have a child who is considered a close contact. At the elementary school, students who share a class with the confirmed cases are all considered close contacts. Those families have been notified.

Close contacts who are unvaccinated can’t return to school for 10 days, according to the district’s COVID-19 operations plan. They must have a negative COVID-19 test sometime between days eight and 10 after exposure. In that case, those students can return on day 11. Vaccinated contacts may stay in school if they are symptom free, but the district recommends testing three to five days after exposure.

The district currently has a mask policy in accordance with the City’s emergency orders. Students may only remove masks during physical education courses or athletic activities. The school district will have a regular scheduled work session Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. The COVID-19 Operations Plan is part of the agenda.

The district will continue to work with state Public Health as the situation evolves. 

COVID-19 testing and vaccine information in Dillingham:

*Kids 12 and up are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine. Those 18 and older are eligible for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

 

Dillingham Public Health Center: 907-842-5981

Capstone Clinic: 907-843-2739

 

Testing at Freshwater Adventures at the Dillingham airport

Open 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. seven days a week

 

Testing and vaccinations at the Tribal building downtown next to the library

Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday

Vaccinations available 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Contact the author at tyler@kdlg.org or 907-842-2200

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