Fifth graders at Willow Creek Elementary in Centennial are in quarantine after seven students tested positive for COVID-19 after an overnight field trip last week.
According to a letter sent to parents Wednesday from the Tri-County Health Department, the students traveled to the Disciples Colorado Camp in Estes Park on September 29 and stayed until October 1.
According to the letter, all students of Class V will have to quarantine by October 15, and return to individual classes after the fall break on October 25.
So far, the staff members have not tested positive. However, they are working from home because they are teaching remotely, said Cherry Creek School District spokesman Abbe Smith.
Tri-County Health recommends that students be tested for COVID-19 when they begin to show symptoms or are in their quarantine period of about a week if they are asymptomatic, according to the letter. .
The Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment on Wednesday reported 182 active outbreaks in K-12 schools. According to the data, at least 2,987 cases are linked to the outbreak, which does not yet involve Willow Creek.
The agency calls it an outbreak when there are five or more cases that have a clear link, such as classroom or extracurricular activity.