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Kodiak schools: Second case of COVID-19 reported

A second case of coronavirus exposure in Kodiak schools was reported on Thursday.

The Kodiak Island Borough School District announced that it would close North Star Elementary School for 24 hours for deep cleaning and disinfection.

Due to a teacher in-service scheduled for next week, North Star will not re-open until Thursday October,15.

In a notice sent to parents, the district did not say whether the person who tested positive for COVID-19 is a student or staffer — only that close contacts would be notified of the need to undergo a 14-day quarantine.

The district says it will be working with those families to switch to a virtual learning program while in isolation. After 14 days, students are scheduled to return to school.

Parents have been asked to monitor their children closely for symptoms of the virus. The district says students and staff should stay home if they exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Fever (temperature over 100.4 degrees F)
  • New or persistent cough
  • New trouble breathing or shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Night sweats
  • Sore Throat
  • Body aches, muscle aches, joint pain, headache
  • Los off taste of smell
  • Fatigue or confusion
  • Stomach issues (diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain)

Another school, Peterson Elementary, was closed a week ago, after a student from a Coast Guard family tested positive for COVID-19. The school was closed for deep cleaning and disinfection and then re-opened. Students, who were close contacts of that child, are still under quarantine and are scheduled to be taught in a virtual setting for one more week.