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Teacher at Grimmway Academy Shafter tests positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 10:06 PM, Nov 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-15 01:06:39-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A teacher at Grimmway Academy Shafter recently tested positive for COVID-19 and is being asked to quarantine.

Casey Yeazel, the Chief Executive Officer of Grimmway Schools confirmed Saturday that the public charter school learned of the teacher's positive test result on Friday.

The charter school opened up a little over a week ago for a hybrid in-person, distance learning model, according to Yeazel.

Tuesday was the last time the teacher was on campus and the school is not aware of any students or staff that tested positive following the teacher's positive result.

Yeazel provided the following statement to 23ABC News:

Grimmway Schools learned late this week that a teacher at Grimmway Academy in Shafter tested positive for COVID-19. As a result of learning about the positive test, we are following all relevant California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance in response to a confirmed COVID-19 case infection of a school employee. At this point, contact tracing has not revealed a close contact - as defined by the CDC - with a coworker or with any of our students. All health and safety protocols outlined by the CDPH appear to have been followed by the teacher - including engaging in a daily health screening, wearing a face covering, and maintaining a safe social distance with coworkers and students. At this time, no potential close contact exposures have been identified but we will continue to monitor the situation closely.
We at Grimmway Schools consider the health and safety of all of our students, their families, and our employees to be our most important responsibility each day. We adhere diligently to the health and safety protocols and guidance provided by the CDPH and the California Department of Education - and we continue to maintain regular contact with the Kern County Public Health Services Department (KCPHSD) to ensure that we provide as safe and healthy an environment as possible for our employees and the students we serve.

The school told the teacher's students to stay at home and asked their parents to monitor any possible symptoms.