One COVID-19 case reported in Billings Catholic Schools student

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Posted at 3:36 PM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-31 20:13:06-04

BILLINGS — One student who has not yet attended class at Billings Catholic Schools tested positive for COVID-19, said Shaun Harrington, Billings Catholic Schools president Monday.

The parents of the student informed school administrators of the positive case on Sunday, Harrington told Q2 over the phone. Three Billings Catholic students were identified as close contacts by RiverStone Health.

Classes will continue as planned, with a mixture of in-person classes and remote learning, according to Harrington. The school have implemented enhanced sanitation as part of their reopening plan.

Harrington said the student and close contacts are being kept in quarantine or isolation at home and are not coming to school.

Monday is the first day that all grades were back in class at Billings Catholic Schools. Last week, groups of students broken up by last name were brought into St. Francis K-8 and Billings Central High to meet teachers and pick up remote learning equipment Harrington said.

The student did come into the school last week in one of the groups, but was not symptomatic at the time, Harrington said.

Billings Catholic Schools staff worked with RiverStone Health to put in place sanitation and safety procedures for the school year. Harrington said the organization will continue to follow the procedures as the school year progresses.

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