Caldwell High goes remote after staff COVID quarantines

Posted at 6:46 PM, Oct 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 10:43:33-04

This article was originally published by Sami Edge in Idaho Ed News.

After a COVID-19 outbreak forced 14 percent of Caldwell High School staff to quarantine, the school is moving to virtual learning only from Wednesday through at least Nov. 2.

The district has struggled to find substitutes, Caldwell spokeswoman Allison Westfall wrote in a Tuesday news release, and it cannot properly staff the high school while staff members have to quarantine.

“We are hopeful that this time of remote learning will ensure our staff return to health and the spread of COVID is limited among the CHS community,” the release said.

This move will not affect other Caldwell schools, which will remain in a hybrid of face-to-face and online instruction.

Westfall did not immediately respond to questions about how many adults are confirmed to have COVID, how many people are in quarantine, or whether the potential exposure happened at school or outside of school.

She said in her email that illness among students is low.

As of Friday the state Department of Health and Welfare reported only one positive case for Caldwell High School, and the case happened sometime before Sept. 25.