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Montessori School in Fairbanks closes for two weeks to mitigate COVID-19

Published: Sep. 14, 2020 at 5:15 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -On Sunday September 13th the Head of The Spruce Tree Montessori School, Sabrina Binkley, with the counsel of her Parent Advisory Committee, chose to close the school due to a student and teacher testing positive for COVID-19. The closure started Monday September 14th, and will last until September 25th. According to Binkley the closure was originally scheduled to take place in October from the 12th to the 24th, but was moved up to September as a quarantine measure to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

We spoke with Binkley about the positive cases and the scheduling change. She told us “I do confirm that we had one 5th grade girl test positive on September 3rd and a teacher text positive on September 11th. However the two cases have been determined by the Public Health Department to not be linked. So there was no transmission within our school. Both cases were isolated, and have been determined to be community transmission. So we modified our calendar this weekend, in an effort to mitigate transmission within our school, and within the greater community as well, given that Fairbanks cases have been trending upward recently" Binkley said.

According to Binkley, the response from parents has been: “Overwhelmingly supportive of our decision to be mindful of the health of not only our Spruce Tree community, but that of the greater Fairbanks community at large.”

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