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Camas High School classes to resume on Thursday

Case count increases to 16, with 34 close contacts identified

By , Columbian staff writer

The Camas School District plans to resume in-person instruction at Camas High School beginning Thursday following an off-site COVID-19 outbreak that led the district to voluntarily pause in-person instruction at the school earlier this week.

The district worked in conjunction with Clark County Public Health to determine the weeklong pause of hybrid learning. The 2,185-student school will continue with remote-only instruction through Wednesday – the same day it plans to resume all extracurricular activities.

Confirmed student cases also rose Friday to 16 testing positive for COVID-19 and another 34 identified as close contacts through the school’s contact tracing efforts. In a letter sent home to families, the district added there’s no confirmed reports of spread to students or staff at the school.

Monday and Tuesday were the first in-person instruction days for the school’s Cohort A – roughly 800 students – since schools first closed last March. Cohort B – another roughly 800 students – were supposed to have their first twice-a-week hybrid learning days Thursday and Friday. Approximately two-thirds of the student body is part of the hybrid learning model.

The outbreak of COVID-19 is traced to an off-site large social gathering March 5 attended mostly by Camas High School students, according to the district. The district first announced it is pausing in-person instruction Wednesday.