Camas High School in-person learning paused following COVID-19 cases linked to a large gathering


Friday’s football game and other sporting events will also be postponed or cancelled

CAMAS — Camas School District is pausing in-person classes at Camas High School for at least Thursday and Friday following positive COVID-19 tests amongst students who attended an off-site gathering.

Superintendent Jeff Snell confirmed the closure Wednesday afternoon, noting it included “in-person learning and activities” while the district works through the contact tracing process.

Camas High School will pause in-person learning this week due to positive COVID-19 tests among students who attended an off-site party last week. File photo
Camas High School will pause in-person learning this week due to positive COVID-19 tests among students who attended an off-site party last week. File photo

This was the first week for in-person instruction at Camas High School, with cohort A attending classes on Monday and Tuesday. Cohort B was scheduled to begin on Thursday and Friday.

The off-site gathering took place last Friday and was attended by several students, including members of athletic teams. The district said it is encouraging the students who attended the party to get tested, though they can’t force them to do so.

Camas was scheduled to play Battle Ground in a football game on Friday. Rory Oster, the school’s athletic director told Clark County Today that rescheduling the game could prove difficult.

Oster is more confident that the school will be able to reschedule events for the other sports that were scheduled for the remainder of this week but postponed.

Oster confirmed that the cases could be traced to off-campus activity, but that as of Wednesday contact tracing did not show any spread within the athletic department or hybrid learning at the school.

The district wasn’t sure on Wednesday if the pause in hybrid learning will continue into next week. That could depend on whether any new cases emerge during the rest of this week.

This story will be updated…

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