An Irving Elementary kindergarten class has been asked to quarantine after a student tested positive for COVID-19, USD 465 officials announced Tuesday.

The affected student, all students and staff in the Kindergarten classroom have been asked to stay home for the remainder of the school week, according to statement on the district’s Facebook page.

Other students and faculty who might have had significant contact with the student have also been sent home. The district also recommends that those individuals be tested.

Students and staff who remain symptom-free will be allowed to return to school Monday.

District officials will continue to follow all COVID-related safety procedures, including taking temperatures of staff and students, hourly hand-washing, mandatory wearing of masks, social distancing and optimizing ventilation.

The district is working closely with the Cowley County Health Department to conduct further contact tracing. Any affected individuals will be notified, and the district will also be advised if any additional action is necessary, the statement said.

Most Winfield students are attending in-person school five days a week. Some chose remote learning options.

The Winfield High School girls volleyball team suspended activities after two players tested positive last month. The team returned to play last week.

Two elementary-level classes, at different schools, were temporarily closed early in the school year due to COVID concerns in Arkansas City.

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How long do I need to quarantine for if I was exposed to the coronavirus disease?

It can take up to 14 days after exposure to the virus for a person to develop COVID-19 symptoms. A negative result before end of the 14-day quarantine period does not rule out possible infection.

From the CDC

So why after only 1 week are we sending students/teachers and others back into the classroom?

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