GF High closed Monday and Tuesday for cleaning due to new COVID-19 cases
This story was updated at 7:25 p.m. to correct the numbers of cases associated with GPFS. The numbers initially given to The Electric this evening were incorrect.
Great Falls Public Schools said Sept. 13 that late this afternoon, the GFPS administration, nursing staff and the Cascade County City-County Health Department identified additional positive COVID-19 cases at Great Falls High School.
“Due to the timing of these new cases and the requirements for contact tracing, as well as time for adequate sanitation, Great Falls High School will be closed for the next 48 hours and students will move to temporary remote learning. This will allow for contact tracing and sanitation to occur to insure the health and safety for our students and staff. School will resume at GFHS on Wednesday as normal,” according to a GFPS release.
GFPS officials told The Electric that there are 10 total confirmed cases at Great Falls High School as of Sept. 13.
Superintendent Tom Moore told The Electric that includes 10 students and one support staff member.
Other district cases include one at East Middle, one at Whittier Elementary and one at Paris Gibson Education Center, according to Moore. Those cases are from the start of school on Aug. 26 though Sept. 13.
Moore said he would have a number of those quarantined or isolated who are associated with the district’s cases on Monday.
As of Sunday evening, GFPS officials told The Electric that the closure doesn’t affect sports and crosstown soccer is still scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.
Great Falls High School posted Sunday evening that “due to lack of Internet and network access last week, teachers will be working to update their Planbooks and Google Classrooms first thing in the morning, and will be available for student contact beginning at 9 a.m. Students, please check in with your B day (1,3,5,7) classes on Monday and your A day (0,2,4,6) classes on Tuesday.”
On Sept. 11, CCHD told The Electric that two additional cases had been confirmed within the school system, in addition to four that the district had previously announced. GFPS has not released additional information on the new cases, but Trisha Gardner, county health officer, told The Electric that those six cases had 70-75 close contacts who were being monitored.
Earlier on Sunday, Sheriff Jesse Slaughter announced an additional 37 cases at the Cascade County jail, including the first on the state prison side.
The county’s total is now 444, and of those 186 are active, as of Sept. 13.
There are approximately 10,000 students in the GFPS system, including about 3,000 in grades 9-12, according to the district’s most recent budget book.
As of Sept. 9, there were about 1,500 students participating in the district’s remote learning program.