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Cascade Christian sends 6th graders home after student COVID-19 case

A number of students at Cascade Christian Middle School were sent home on Monday after a student tested positive for coronavirus, school officials told parents in an email.

Posted: Oct 19, 2020 4:46 PM
Updated: Oct 19, 2020 5:24 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — A number of students at Cascade Christian Middle School were sent home on Monday after a student tested positive for coronavirus, school officials told parents in an email.

School administrators said that they were notified on Monday that a sixth grade student tested positive over the weekend, prompting officials to contact all families in the cohort.

"Unfortunately, the 6th grade cohort at Cascade Christian Middle School has had our first student test positive for COVID 19," said Nate Mayben, Athletic Director and Dean of Cascade Christian schools. "Due to the situation we have sent all 6th graders, and their siblings, home and ask them not to return to school until further notice."

Middle school athletics have also been canceled through the end of the week while school officials monitor the situation, Mayben said.

"Additionally, we are asking that high school siblings of CCMS 6th grader not attend any high school related activity until further notice as well," Mayben concluded. "Thank you for your patience."

Cascade Christian Middle School is on the same campus as the high school, but the student populations are separate.

Dr. Ken Townsend, Head of Schools for Grace Cascade, said that sixth grade families have been asked to stay home and monitor symptoms for the next 72 hours, "at which time more direction will be forthcoming."

"We will first be conferring with Jackson County Public Health to clarify whether a quarantine to Monday, October 26, is needed," Townsend continued. "Tomorrow will be a 'day off' for Sixth grade to allow our teachers time to plan and push out work by Wednesday. If siblings do not have symptoms, they may return to school tomorrow. If anyone in your household has symptoms, we ask that you all stay home and access schoolwork remotely."

While the vast majority of Jackson County students have been relegated to distance learning due to state and county metrics, Grace Cascade Christian Schools announced back in August that it would forge ahead with in-person learning after submitting a reopening plan to Jackson County Public Health.

"We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for the positive response we received from every family we spoke with today," Townsend said. "Thank you for your kindness, understanding, and quick action."

This is a developing story and will be updated with more details as they emerge.

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