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McLoughlin Middle School families notified of possible COVID-19 exposure at summer school

The Medford School District said that public health officials are investigating a 'potential exposure' to summer school students and staff.

Posted: Jul 16, 2020 5:57 PM
Updated: Jul 20, 2020 12:25 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Families of students who attend McLoughlin Middle School's summer school were notified on Thursday of "potential exposure" to COVID-19 for a group of students and staff.

Medford School District superintendent Dr. Bret Champion sent a letter saying that the district began working with Jackson County Public Health on Wednesday, investigating the potential exposure to a class of students who attended the McLoughlin summer school.

Champion said that all members and close contacts of the class had been contacted by public health officials, and would be monitored for coronavirus symptoms for a 14-day period of self-quarantine.

"Your student’s health and safety is our utmost concern and we continue to work with the experts at Jackson County Health on this situation and in the operation of schools during this unprecedented time," Dr. Champion wrote.

The letter from Dr. Champion did not say if anyone in the class — or any staff — had tested positive for coronavirus, nor did he specify the source of the potential exposure.

"Do not send your child to school if they are sick or exhibiting symptoms," Champion said. "Again, those known to have been in direct contact have been contacted by Jackson County Public Health. COVID-19 is thought to be spread mainly from person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from talking, coughing and sneezing by an infected person."

The classroom used by the summer school group has been closed off pending a deep cleaning.

"We know this is unsettling. If you have questions about possible exposure or become symptomatic please reach out to your doctor. Please know we will continue to work closely with our local health authorities and follow guidance from the Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Health Authority," Champion concluded.

NewsWatch 12 has reached out to Jackson County Public Health and the Medford School District for further information. This article will be updated with more details as they emerge.

You can read the letter sent to families here or view it below.

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