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Students in SYVUHSD return to distance learning following student COVID-19 case

COVID-19 pandemic sharpens digital divide for rural students
Posted at 7:46 AM, Jan 14, 2021

Students in the Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District will return to distance learning for the rest of the month to due a positive COVID-19 student case.

The change goes into effect Thursday.

Superintendent Scott Cory says the student was attending classes on campus for two days and not symptomatic before learning of the positive test result.

“As a result of the number of staff exposures that occurred, it is not possible to effectively cover the classrooms of impacted staff that are required to quarantine for fourteen days per the protocol set forth by Santa Barbara County Public Health. All staff and students that were in close contact with the affected student have been notified,” Cory said in an announcement to parents Wednesday afternoon.

Athletic conditioning sessions are canceled for the time being.

Students are scheduled to return to in-person instruction on Feb. 2.