SUTHERLIN, Ore. -- A student in Sutherlin School District has tested positive for COVID-19.
According to the district’s Facebook page, the student attends Sutherlin East Primary School.
Prior to this, the school reopened to kindergarten through third grade last Monday. However they were split into smaller cohort groups to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Douglas County public health officer Bob Dannenhoffer said cohort method worked in their favor because community risk is low.
“This is the only group they’re with all day, so if there is a case in the classroom, only a few kids have to be excluded from school," said Dannenhoffer.
District officials said they’ve notified all the parents of the children in the cohort that the student was in. They’ve asked all those students to quarantine for 14 days.
They also said all of these students will partake in distance learning until they complete their quarantine period.
“In a typical school, you might see kids on the bus, kids in the classroom, kids at lunch, kids in music class," said Dannenhoffer. "If there was a case, it would be hard to figure out who they had contact with.”
KEZI 9 News reached out to the superintendent for comment, but he declined. However, he did say this COVID-19 case will not affect their reopening plan moving forward.
According to the district’s website, they were one of the few districts' in Douglas County that cleared for in person learning -- despite the recent spike in cases that forced other schools to change their plans last minute.
Right now, all students are expected to return to in-person learning by November.