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High quarantine rate closes Military Heights

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Military Heights Elementary School, 1900 N. Michigan Ave., was closed Thursday and Friday due to a high number of students and staff under quarantine for contact with positive COVID-19 cases. (Juno Ogle Photo)

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Roswell Independent School District has had to close a school for the first time in more than a month to help control COVID-19 cases. The district was able to narrow its quarantine from two grade levels to two classes, however.

In a Facebook post Wednesday evening, RISD announced that second- and fifth-graders at Military Heights Elementary School would be out of their classrooms until Oct. 5 with the entire school closed to in-person learning Thursday and today.

But Thursday afternoon, Superintendent Brian Luck said school officials had been able to narrow the students requiring quarantine to two classes, one in second grade and one in fifth grade.

“We were able to do our due diligence and narrow it down to two classrooms instead of full grade levels,” he said.

The two-day closure this week was to disinfect and clean the building, Luck said. It’s the first closure of a building since mid-August, when both high schools and El Capitan and Valley View elementary schools were closed due to high numbers of exposures.

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Military Heights does not have a high rate of positive cases of COVID-19; rather, it’s the number of students and staff who had contact with positive cases and required quarantine that is the problem.

“We had a lot of teachers and kids that we’ve got out right now waiting for test results to come back. We were running into some issues with staffing, and we started seeing a little more of a trend and found a couple of grades that we felt like were kind of hot buttons for us,” he said.

All the RISD schools are closely monitored for positive cases, and Luck said the district has had a good response to calls for more people to apply as substitute teachers. Parents also have been good about keeping their children home if they are sick, he said.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

To keep up with local coverage of the coronavirus, go to rdrnews.com/category/news/covid-19-situation/.

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