Positive COVID-19 case shuts down schools
October 22, 2020
A positive case of COVID-19 was identified this morning in Mrs. Potrzuski's fifth grade classroom at Rae C. Stedman Elementary School, resulting in a district-wide school closure, according to a statement on Petersburg School District's Facebook page.
Both the student and their parent tested positive for the virus, according to a joint-statement between the Petersburg Borough and Petersburg Medical Center. The student recently traveled to Juneau on a non-school related trip and is symptomatic, according to the joint statement; other students participated in the trip and are also being tested for COVID-19.
The student who tested positive has been asked to stay home and self-isolate, according to the school district's statement. According to the joint statement between the borough and PMC, the student did attend class after returning from Juneau.
The entire fifth grade class and those identified as close contacts have been asked to quarantine themselves, according to the school district's statement.
All three schools in the school district will be closed for at least 24 hours, due to possible close contacts in Mitkof Middle School and Petersburg High School, according to the school district's statement. The buildings will be deep cleaned prior to the reopening of the schools.
Families have been notified of the situation, according to the school district's statement.