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Esko High School alerts parents of positive COVID-19 case on first day back in class

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ESKO, MN -- Esko High School parents and students were notified of a positive COVID-19 case on the first day back to school, according to an email from the school district obtained by KBJR 6.

In the email, district leaders reported that a person with a positive COVID-19 test was in Esko High School on Tuesday, September 8.

The school district did not identify the person with the positive case result or share in what capacity they were on campus.

"The district will be cleaning and disinfecting the school to control the spread of illness. Students and staff who interacted closely with the individual will be contacted by their local health department," Esko school officials wrote in the email.

"The individual who tested positive will be excused from school until it has been determined by the local health department that they are no longer infectious. Close contacts determined by the local health department and school district staff will be excluded from attending school for 14 days from their last date of exposure to the positive individual and will be monitored for symptoms."

Jackie Gregg, a mother of an Esko High senior, said she does not even know why that person was in the building at all.

"It was surprising just because it was the first day and because, if somebody tested positive, they would have had to be tested before they walked into the building," Gregg said. "If you have been tested, you should clearly stay home until your test comes back."

School officials urge parents and students to closely watch for symptoms that are outside of their "normal" and to stay home if symptoms occur.

Esko School District is operating on a hybrid learning model to start the school year. Click here for the previous story details.

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