Dozens of Hanford High School students in quarantine after COVID-19 exposure

RICHLAND, Wash. – Eighty students at Hanford High School must quarantine after being exposed to someone with COVID-19, Communications Director Ty Beaver confirmed with KAPP KVEW.

According to the district’s website, only four students have tested positive since April 16th at Hanford High and luckily, no classrooms or schools in the Richland School District have had to shut down due to the virus. Throughout the month of April, RSD has reported 13 total infections of students and staff members in the district.

Now that students are back for full time, in person learning, the district has released their quarantine protocols, should a student or staff member come into contact with someone who has COVID-19.

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If a student or faculty comes into close contact with a positive case and he or she is fully vaccinated, and doesn’t have any symptoms, they can resume normal activities while monitoring for any signs of the virus.

On the other hand, if the person is unvaccinated or hasn’t received both doses, the student or staff member must quarantine for 14 days after coming into contact with a positive case.

Thirdly, if a student or staffer comes into contact with a positive case and becomes symptomatic, he or she must quarantine for 10 days after symptoms started, must go 24 hours without a fever and see an improvement in symptoms, before returning to campus.

The district said the Benton Franklin Health District will handle contact tracing if your students is exposed to the virus.

They urge everyone to continue daily health checks, and wearing a mask as well as getting tested if you come into contact with someone who’s positive for COVID-19 or start to display symptoms.

The district still has resources available for remote learning, as students were offered the choice when Washington schools returned to fulltime instruction.