9-2-2021 SFPS COVID-19 Update

9-2-2021 SFPS COVID-19 Update
Posted on 09/02/2021

Seventeen SFPS students and three employees were found to have tested positive for COVID-19, as provided below, since August 23rd, following extensive contact tracing efforts.  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. 


  • Three students at Capital High School tested positive for COVID-19--one on August 23rd and two on August 31st. One student had last been on campus on August 24th following receipt of testing results.  The other two students were last on campus August 27th and 30th.

  • Three students at Kearny Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19. Two of the students tested positive on August 25th and the other student tested positive on August 30th. The two individuals had last been on campus on August 24th and the other student on August 27th.

  • Two students attending Santa Fe High School tested positive for COVID-19. One tested positive on August 26th and had last been on campus on August 23rd. The other student tested positive on August 28th and had last been on campus on August 25th.

  • Two students at Ortiz Middle School tested positive for COVID-19 on August 26th. The individuals were last on campus on August 24th.

  • A student at Gonzales Community School tested positive for COVID-19 on August 28th. The individual had last been on campus on August 24th.

  • An employee working at the SFPS Human Resources Department tested positive for COVID-19 on August 30th. The individual had last been in an SFPS building on August 23rd.

  • Two students attending Nina Otero Community School tested positive for COVID-19. One student tested positive on August 30th and was last on campus August 25th. The other student tested positive on September 1st and was last on campus on August 26th.

  • Two students attending Milagro Middle School tested positive for COVID-19. One student tested positive on August 30th and had last been on campus August 25th. The other student tested positive on September 1st and had last been on campus on August 24th.

  • An employee working at the SFPS Transportation Department tested positive for COVID-19 on August 31st. The individual had last been in a SFPS building on August 30th.

  • A student at Chaparral Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19 on August 31st. The individual had last been on campus on August 27th.

  • A student attending Amy Biehl Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19 on September 1st. The student had last been on campus on September 1st

  • An employee working at Nava Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19 on September 1st. The individual had last been on campus on September 1st.


SFPS’ best conclusion after contact tracing is that one of these cases was likely contracted from within SFPS. All personal identifying information will remain confidential and all reporting and cleaning protocols are being followed.  The period for quarantine has expired for one student.


According to Public Education Department guidelines dated August 23rd, individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and who have had close contact with a COVID-19 infectious individual are not required to quarantine if they meet the following criteria:


  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., more than two weeks following receipt of the second dose in a two-dose vaccine, or more than two weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)

  • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure


Any parent/guardian of a student testing positive for COVID-19 must provide a list of close contacts to DOH and SFPS’ lead school nurse or the COVID-19 response specialist who assists with contact tracing.


Any student who displays acute COVID-related symptoms while at school will be sent home out of precaution. A student sent home due to non-COVID-19 symptoms does not mean that the student is positive for COVID-19.
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