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First COVID-19 case confirmed at Crown Point middle school; 35 to be quarantined

First COVID-19 case confirmed at Crown Point middle school; 35 to be quarantined

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CROWN POINT — In students' first week of school, the Crown Point Community School Corp. is notifying families of the district's first case of COVID-19.

School officials sent an email Thursday morning informing families of a positive case confirmed at Taft Middle School.

Following Indiana State Department of Health guidance on contact tracing, 35 individuals will be quarantined, according to the email.

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Arthur Equihua, director of personnel for Crown Point schools, said students would be quarantined for 14 days following local and state health department guidance.

Students in quarantine will be able to stay connected to their classes from home, Equihua said.

The Crown Point district reopened Monday in a hybrid learning model.

Students, divided into two groups alphabetically, attend school in person either on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Fridays. All students participate in virtual learning on Wednesdays and days they are not in school in person.

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The hybrid model of instruction will extend through the first nine weeks of school.

Citing privacy laws, Equihua declined to say when the COVID-19 case was brought to administrators' attention.

"We can't share any specific details," Equihua said. "This is just our way to keep our school community informed on the basic facts."

First positive COVID-19 case reported in Lake Central High School

Districts across Northwest Indiana have reported their first cases of COVID-19 as schools reopen for the 2020-21 school year.

Lake Central School Corp. administrators learned of the first case in their district earlier this week. The School City of Hammond moved more than 100 Hammond Area Career Center students into virtual learning after a case was reported by a student last week.

How do NWI school reentry plans compare?

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