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Kodiak High School closes temporarily after positive COVID-19 case

Cones marking testing lanes are packed away, as cars line up for COVID testing.
Cones marking testing lanes are packed away, as cars line up for COVID testing.

Following a positive case discovered at Kodiak High School, the school was immediately shut down and students were sent home.

Larry LeDoux, superintendent for the Kodiak Island Borough School District, says that the normal procedure after a positive case is confirmed is to identify close contacts.

“We had a positive case. And so our normal protocol when we have a positive case is to identify close contacts. And our nurses have been working on that. And they’ve completed the close contacts and notified families of kids that are close contacts with their kids will be subject to quarantine for 14 days,” LeDoux said.

“And as part of our protocol, while we, we let people- we release people, and we close the school next day, while we do deep sanitation. And we’ll be doing that tonight and tomorrow, the high school’s sort of big, so that it takes a lot of time even. And we’re a little shorthanded. So that’s our normal protocol. So the high school has a well laid out plan. So they’ve been contacting parents, releasing kids and following all the protocols. Unfortunately, these are protocols that they’ve already practiced.”

Only the high school was closed, and it will reopen on Thursday. This comes after a 2-week long closure of all Kodiak schools that ended last Friday.