COVID-19 cases prompt closure of two Woodland elementary schools

The district is also likely to postpone a planned Sept. 28 launch of in-person classes

WOODLAND — Two elementary schools in Woodland are closed for in-person services after two staff members tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend.

Woodland School District. File Photo
Woodland School District. File Photo

In a letter to parents on Sunday, Principal Dave Starkey said staff members at Columbia Elementary School, which is in Clark County, and North Fork Elementary School in Cowlitz County may have been exposed to the virus. 

“The district has directed all staff members from both schools to self-quarantine and work from home until appropriate contact tracing can be completed,” Starkey wrote.

A letter sent to Woodland School District parents by Principal Dave Starkey regarding a COVID-19 outbreak at two elementary schools. Image courtesy Woodland Public Schools
A letter sent to Woodland School District parents by Principal Dave Starkey regarding a COVID-19 outbreak at two elementary schools. Image courtesy Woodland Public Schools

In-person services were being suspended at both schools at least through Tuesday, and possibly longer. Starkey said facilities maintenance staff would be working to perform a deep clean in both schools prior to any students, community, or staff returning to the buildings.

The district said the positive cases would likely delay implementation of a transition to face-to-face classes for elementary students that was expected to begin Sept. 28.

“Due to staff working from remote locations, instruction may look a bit different over the next few days,” said Starkey. “We as a school will do our best to honor our instructional schedules and keep instruction consistent.”

There is no new estimated start date for beginning the transition to in-classroom instruction for the district.

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