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COVID-19 cases force KCK elementary school back to online learning

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Posted at 3:49 PM, Oct 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 16:49:10-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Multiple COVID-19 cases and exposures is forcing a KCK elementary school to return to online learning, according to the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, and Kansas City, Kansas, Health Department.

Four students and three staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at Oak Grove Elementary School in the Turner School District.

Officials found that more than 100 students had been exposed after conducting contract tracing.

In a Facebook post Thursday afternoon, health officials said students will switch back to online learning starting Friday, Oct. 9 and will remain remote through at least Oct. 19.

UGPHD Chief Medical Officer Dr. Allen Griener said the latest exposures to the virus took place on Monday, Oct. 5.

“Oak Grove and USD 202 have been working very closely with the Wyandotte County Health Department regarding COVID-19 cases and exposures affecting our schools,” Turner School District Superintendent Jason Dandoy said in a release. “Student safety is our top priority and while unfortunate, we hope this temporary measure will slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. While students are away, Oak Grove will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. While we are disappointed not to work with our students in-person during this time, we are excited to provide opportunities for them to work with their teachers remotely. We know that these changes can be challenging and we will work to support students and families during this period. Oak Grove looks forward to seeing students return on October 20.”