8-24-2021 SFPS COVID-19 Update

8-24-2021 SFPS COVID-19 Update
Posted on 08/24/2021

Superintendent Hilario “Larry” Chavez said today that SFPS, like the nation, is experiencing children testing positive for COVID-19.  Today, SFPS reports 16 students and one staff member with COVID.  These individuals were last on campus four to 11 days ago.  All are isolating and will continue to do so until released per Department of Health (DOH) guidelines.


“Though SFPS is experiencing positive COVID-19 cases, only one of these cases has been contracted in our schools, providing reassurance that our safety protocols are working.  Thorough contact tracing is occurring in all schools with positive cases, led by our lead nurse and COVID-19 response specialist.  We have not seen extensive transmission of COVID-19 between staff and students or between students in our schools,” said Superintendent Chavez.


“I urge parents to ensure that masks are worn when their children are socializing with others away from school.  Because of SFPS' mask mandate and adherence to COVID safety protocols, students and staff are protected in our schools.  Working together as a community we can keep everyone safe and healthy,” he said.


The cases are at the following schools:


  • Amy Biehl Community School:  One student testing positive on August 21st who was last on campus on August 18th;

  • Aspen Community School:  One student testing positive on August 18th who was last on campus on August 16th;

  • Atalaya Elementary School:  One student testing positive on August 21st who was last on campus on August 20th;

  • Capital High School: One student testing positive on August 19th who was last on campus on August 18th;

  • Cesar Chavez Elementary School:  One student testing positive on August 21st who was last on campus on August 17th;

  • Chaparral Elementary School: One student testing positive on August 20th who was last on campus on August 19th;

  • El Camino Real Academy: One staff member testing positive on August 18th who was last on campus on August 19th following receipt of testing results from SFPS’ surveillance testing;

  • Gonzales Elementary School:  Two students, one who tested positive on August 17th who was last on campus on August 17th and one who tested positive on August 19th who was last on campus on August 17th;

  • Nina Otero Community School:  Four students, two who tested positive on August 20th who had last been on campus on August 18th and two who tested positive on August 23rd who had last been on campus on August 19th and 20th; and

  • Pinon Elementary School:  Four students tested positive for COVID-19 on August 23rd.  Of these students, one was last on campus on August 13th, another was last on campus on August 18th and two were last on campus on August 20th.


When there's a positive case, SFPS’ COVID-19 response specialist, lead nurse or the school's nurse will identify any close contacts and call parents on next steps, including quarantining and testing. SFPS reviews each case individually to determine the most appropriate course of action.  School communities are informed of positive cases. 

 

“Protecting students is our highest priority. The CDC’s website includes information from studies across the country showing that prevention strategies work,” said Superintendent Chavez.

 

SFPS is reducing the spread of COVID in our schools through the following:

 


Any student who displays any acute symptoms while at school that may be related to COVID-19 will be sent home out of precaution. Superintendent Chavez noted that this does not mean that the student is positive for COVID-19, which can only be determined by a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, as required by the New Mexico Public Education Department.


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