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Students, staff quarantining throughout district


Officials confident that no in-school transmission took place


April 28, 2021
Around 126 Gilford students and five school staff members are in quarantine after multiple people tested positive for COVID-19, though the superintendent says none of the transmission took place in the schools themselves.

Superintendent Kirk Beitler wrote an update with the situation on the district's Web site. As of April 19, a large number of positive COVID-19 cases has been reported in all three schools with even more students and staff quarantining. At Gilford High School alone, more than 100 students were in quarantine.

As of last Monday, those in quarantine included 107 students and three staff members at GHS, 16 students and one staff member at Gilford Middle School, and three students and one staff member at Gilford Elementary School.

Monday was still an in-person learning day at GHS with students in quarantine asked to continue their assignments through Google Classrooms.

Beitler wrote that with each positive case staff members will do contact tracing with interviews; seating charts on the bus, lunchrooms, and classrooms; and review of camera footage.

"Based on the information related to our latest outbreak in cases we have determined that none of the COVID-19 transmission has happened in the school setting or on the sports teams," Beitler wrote.

Members of four sports teams have been quarantined based on contact tracing, including all the players on one team. Beitler wrote that this was a result of teams playing against other teams that did have a positive case or a positive case on a Gilford team.

"Right now, the quarantining guidelines for an uncontrolled environment are six feet or less for an accumulation of 10 minutes or greater regardless of mask wearing," Beitler wrote.

Beitler wrote that the schools will continue using standard practices against COVID-19 transmission including face masks, social distancing, and cleaning the schools everyday. People who are not feeling well are urged to stay home and anyone with COVID-19 symptoms is asked to get tested.

"I am extremely proud of the Gilford Schools and all that we have been able to accomplish this school year," Beitler wrote. "We have done a tremendous job. We need to stay focused on getting through this school year as safe as possible and that means we all have to be in this together. Please take time to self-screen and follow the quarantining guidelines."

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