Hoehne School closes Sept. 17 after student tests positive for COVID-19; Grades 7-12 will reopen for full in-person classes Sept. 30

Hoehne School

By Mark Craddock

Grades 7-12 of Hoehne School was closed to in-person teaching on Sept. 17 after a student there tested positive for COVID-19.

According to a letter to parents, the Las Animas Huerfano Counties District Health Department informed the school of the case the evening of Sept. 16. As a precaution, the school moved to a strictly e-learning schedule the following day. A school spokesperson said grades 7-12 plans to reopen for full in-person learning Sept. 30.

“The student is in isolation and receiving care following protocols from the Las Animas County Health Department,” the letter reads. “Students and employees who have been exposed have been notified by the school and contacted by the Las Animas County Health Department.”

The spokesperson said that the younger grades have been operating on a hybrid schedule which has not been interrupted by the closure.

As of Wednesday, Sept. 23, local health department has reported that Las Animas County now has a total case count of 26 with 5 active cases.