Westminster teacher tests positive for COVID-19

A teacher at Josephine Hodgkins Leadership Academy in Westminster tested positive for COVID-19, Westminster Public Schools announced Friday.

The teacher, whose name was not released, took the test Wednesday and the school’s testing partner notified the school of the positive result early Friday. Because the teacher was at the first day of school Thursday, students who were in direct contact with her will be learning remotely for a two-week quarantine period, the district said in its announcement. No other students will be affected.

That means about 125 sixth- and seventh-grade students, part of a cohort, have moved to the remote learning system. The school able to notify most students and parents before the school day started, said district spokesperson Steve Saunders. Those who didn’t get the message in time were isolated and sent home. The students who didn’t have laptops were also provided them.

Josephine Hodgkins Leadership Academy plans to remain open, and leaders are working with the Tri-County Health Department on implementing their response plan, according to the statement. Saunders said that includes contact tracing and identifying if any other teachers or staff could have been exposed.

“WPS created its plan with the understanding that at some point a student or staff member would test positive,” the announcement stated.

Westminster Public Schools is partnering with COVIDcheck Colorado, so staff members can get tested twice a month, Saunders said.

District officials remind staff and students to wear masks, wash their hands and keep their distance. They also remind families that anyone with symptoms should stay home.

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