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Over 115 students at Northwest Junior High in Coralville quarantined for COVID-19

Published: Mar. 4, 2021 at 5:47 PM CST
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CORALVILLE, Iowa (KCRG) -117 students at Northwest Junior High in Coralville are under COVID quarantine, according to data posted on the Iowa City Community School District’s COVID-19 dashboard on Thursday.

As of 3:00 P.M. on Thursday, data shows a combined total of 315 students across the school district under quarantine for COVID-19.

Other schools in the district reporting quarantined students:

  • Penn Elementary School-40 students
  • North Central Junior High-33 students
  • Lucas Elementary School-32 students
  • Weber Elementary School-29 students
  • Wickham Elementary School-25 students
  • Van Allen Elementary School-21 students
  • Borlaug Elementary School-18 students

The district also shows a total of 119 students currently considered COVID positive (with 16 confirmed positive cases and 103 presumed positive cases).

Of that 119 total, 82 cases are students from the on-site learning model and 37 cases from the online learning program.

And a total of eight staff members (four confirmed and four presumed) are being reported by the district as COVID-positive.

On Wednesday, the Principal at Northwest Junior High issued the following letter to parents on the situation:

Dear Northwest Families and Staff, We have been informed that four Northwest students and one Northwest staff member have tested positive for COVID-19, and it has been determined that the individuals were contagious while recently in the school building. 

I am writing to update you with some important information regarding this circumstance and to reassure you that the District and our school continue to take precautions to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

The individuals who have tested positive are not in school and are currently at home recovering. If anyone was determined to have been in contact with these individuals while they were contagious, they have been contacted and placed in the District’s quarantine protocol

If you did not receive any related communication prior to this notification, you have not been identified as at-risk for exposure. The District worked with Johnson County Public Health to conduct the contact tracing process. 

Thank you for understanding that, due to medical privacy laws, we are unable to release the names of the individuals with COVID-19 or any other identifiable information. 

We want to remind our staff and students that if you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should contact your physician immediately. 

We will be following all CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting our classrooms and our building’s common areas. We encourage all of you to continue following the CDC’s recommendations to remain healthy and well. 

Our greatest priority is the safety of our students, staff, and families. Please continue to take necessary precautions to protect yourself and those around you. 

We are grateful for the opportunity to serve you and your family, especially as we face this challenging situation together.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Bruening

PrincipalNorthwest Junior High

The numbers come just two weeks after the state enacted a new law requiring all schools to offer 100% in-person learning options.

In January, the state denied the district’s request to switch to remote learning for a week.

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