River Mill Elementary closed after confirmed COVID-19 exposure

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Both River Mill Elementary School and Clackamas River buildings are closed

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Due to a confirmed COVID-19 exposure, Estacada’s River Mill Elementary School and Clackamas River building are now closed to limited in-person instruction.

Clackamas County Public Health notified the Estacada School District of the exposure on Thursday, according to the district. Officials then contacted the person exposed, who is now self-isolating at home and monitoring for symptoms. Each person who had been around the exposed person has also been contacted and was asked to begin self-isolating as well.

The adult was not in close contact with any student, said Maggie Kelly with the Estacada School District.

“The person that was a positive case did not have interaction with any students while they were in the building, so we have pretty stringent contact tracing and recording who is in the building and where they are going in the building so we can determine close contact,” Kelly said.

In an online announcement, the school district said it is implementing more safety precautions as a result of the confirmed case.

The district said students were at River Mill Elementary School for 2 hours at a time, which the state allows under special circumstances — special needs students, those displaced by the wildfires and those without access to technology.

Limited in-person instruction for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade will be canceled at the school. All elementary students will transition back to comprehensive distance learning, while the secondary level students will continue as scheduled.

Meanwhile, the River Mill and Clackamas River buildings will undergo additional cleanings.

The Estacada School District reminded everyone to continue wearing a face covering, practicing physical distancing and practicing good hygiene habits.

“We will continue to communicate with families and the community regarding the details of building closures,” the district said. “We apologize for the inconvenience of this closure, and we thank the community for continuing to do their part to protect themselves and others.”

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