Peakview School under under COVID-19 quarantine, in-person learning suspended until Jan. 25

Walsenburg’s Peakview School will close at 3:30 p.m. today (Jan. 12) because of a COVID-19 outbreak at the school. School Superintendent Michael Moore said the school will conduct remote learning, quite possibly until Jan. 25.

“Due to what is considered a school outbreak,” Moore wrote in a Tuesday-afternoon e-mail, “we have been required to close the school down as of 3:30 today after all children are released.”

He said the individual who tested positive and eight people in quarantine because of possible exposure to that person are all custodial and cafeteria workers at the school.

No teachers or students are involved in the outbreak, he said.

“We are required by the health department to shut down for 72 hours, with a deep cleaning to occur on Wednesday or Thursday,” he wrote. But later in the day he said the school will remain closed because “there’s just no way we can reopen without the cafeteria staff.”

Moore said the quarantine designation was based on instructions from the Colorado Department of Education toolkit, which says one positive test and more than two in quarantine constitutes an outbreak.