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Bixby teacher tests positive for COVID-19, others in quarantine

Posted at 9:25 AM, Aug 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 07:12:02-04

BIXBY — Bixby Public Schools confirm one teacher tested positive for COVID-19 and others are in quarantine.

Officials said a 6th grade teacher tested positive for the virus on Sat. Aug. 15. The teacher works at the Bixby North Intermediate school in the district, officials said.

The teacher was experiencing minor symptoms and received a test as a precaution earlier in the week, according to an official press release.

Five other teachers, from the same site, were in close contact with the teacher who tested positive. Despite having no symptoms or positive test results, those five teachers are now in quarantine for 14 days.

This news comes after Bixby Public Schools started school on Monday with some students at school and others learning at home.

Rather than ask students to stay home for distance learning, the district opted to provide substitute teachers in the classrooms, while also connecting the regular teachers remotely with students in their classrooms for a portion of the day. Students were then able to attend their elective courses and experience a relatively typical school day, including lunchtime and recess with their peers. All teacher classrooms and meeting spaces received a complete disinfecting treatment over the weekend prior to any students entering the building today.
Bixby Public Schools

School officials notified all staff and families of children who would be affected by scheduling in a text message and letter.

CLICK HERE to read Bixby Public Schools's statement in full.

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