A Yukon fifth grade teacher tested positive for COVID-19 Saturday and has been quarantined, according to a school principal, and two other teachers have tested positive at the middle school.
An official with the district could not be immediately reached to comment on the reports. Information on the district’s website released Friday states there have been 9 students who have tested positive for COVID-19, and 155 students quarantined, 2 staff members test positive and 15 staff members who have been quarantined.
A letter from Yukon Independence Intermediate School Principal Amy Young that was sent to parents states the fifth grade teacher who tested positive for COVID-19 was last at school Friday, Sept. 25. She was not experiencing symptoms and passed all temperature and wellness checks at school, the letter states.
The teacher is “working directly with district leadership to follow all COVID-19 policies and protocols before returning to work at Yukon Public Schools,” the letter states.
Because no one was in close contact with her, students will not need to be quarantined, the letter states.
Anyone who is in the teacher’s class who wants to stay home for 14 days will be able to access their assignments through Schoology each day, the letter states.
According to the Facebook page, Oklahoma Source, parents of Yukon fifth grade students were upset they were not notified when the results came in. Parents of seventh and eighth grade students at Yukon Middle School have also said teachers there have tested positive.
Oklahoma Source states three teachers have tested positive since the district reopened to in-person learning.
The district announced Monday that due to the COVID-19 risk level being considered orange or moderate in Canadian County, elevated from the yellow or low risk category, masks are now required in all schools.
The schools opened Sept. 16 for in-person learning for grades pre-kindergarten to third and on Sept. 21 for fourth through 12th grades.
Masks had not previously been required by younger students. But masks were required for all students on buses and in buildings as of Monday, Sept. 28.
Canadian County has had 2,325 COVID-19 cases and 1,818 recoveries. There have been 17 deaths in the county. Follow The Yukon Progress and yukonprogress.com for updates.