All 89 fifth graders at one Centennial school must quarantine after field trip

Fifth graders at Willow Creek Elementary in Centennial are quarantining after seven students tested positive for COVID-19 following an overnight field trip last week.

Students traveled to Cheley Colorado Camps in Estes Park on Sept. 29 and stayed until Oct. 1, according to a letter sent to parents Wednesday from the Tri-County Health Department.

All 89 fifth grade students have to quarantine through Oct. 15, and will return to in-person classes after fall break on Oct. 25, according to the letter.

So far, staff members have not tested positive. However, they are working at home because they are teaching remotely, Cherry Creek School District spokeswoman Abbe Smith said.

Tri-County Health recommended students get tested for COVID-19 either when they begin showing symptoms or about a week into their quarantine period if they are asymptomatic, according to the letter.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported 182 active outbreaks at K-12 schools on Wednesday. At least 2,987 cases are tied to the outbreaks, according to the data, which does not yet include Willow Creek.

The agency calls it an outbreak when there are five or more cases that have a clear link, such as a class or extracurricular activity.

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