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Seven Camp Verde student/athletes test positive for COVID-19
Cases involving 12 students district-wide confirmed

12 Camp Verde Unified students have tested positive for COVID-19 since Oct 26, including seven of the high school’s student/athletes.

12 Camp Verde Unified students have tested positive for COVID-19 since Oct 26, including seven of the high school’s student/athletes.

CAMP VERDE — Camp Verde Unified Superintendent Danny Howe has confirmed that 12 students district-wide have tested positive for COVID-19 since Oct 26, including seven of the high school’s student/athletes.

As a result, Friday’s homecoming game against North Pointe Preparatory Academy has been canceled, Howe and Athletic Director Dan Wall said Monday.

“So far the program is on pause with (football) games canceled this week,” Wall said. “We haven’t made a decision past this weekend.”

Howe said that of the 12 positives, two attend the middle school, 10 attend the high school.

“Please know that all of this is being reported to Yavapai County Health Department,” Howe said. “The (county) epidemiologist let the district nurse know that the same health metrics will be used to close the county, as was used to open. Mask wearing, hand sanitizing, social distancing and sanitizing continue to be encouraged by the administration.”

Saturday, the Verde Independent learned that players had been notified their Oct. 30 game had been canceled about 90 minutes before the team was to travel to face Scottsdale Preparatory Academy.

Student health ‘top priority’

Monday afternoon, Camp Verde High School Principal Mark Showers contacted the school’s families via phone and email to say the school had been made aware over the weekend “that some of our students had tested positive.”

“The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority,” Showers told families. “The affected individuals have been isolated and their family members have been notified and directed to quarantine. We are continuing to gather information so that we can properly contact trace and inform students, parents, and staff who may have had close contact.”

Showers also said that Wall has contacted and “will continue to contact players, coaches, and parents in regards to both AIA and CVUSD guidelines.”

“It is important you know that both Yavapai County Health Services and our CVUSD administrative team feel it is important to continue to keep students in school,” Showers said. “We are not currently considering any closure but will continue to monitor our situation and keep you informed as best we can.”

Last week, Camp Verde canceled its Oct. 27 and Oct. 29 volleyball games because at least one member of the team tested positive for COVID-19. Monday, Wall said that Camp Verde has canceled the remainder of the volleyball season.

Diligent with protocols

Since the district opened its schools to in-person learning on Aug. 17, Camp Verde Elementary School has had three COVID-19 positives, all in October, Principal Jaclyn Campbell said.

“Our district nursing staff has informed me that the likelihood of transmission from student to student is low with all of the health protocols we have in place on campus,” Campbell wrote in an Oct. 19 letter to the school’s families. “Students are frequently washing hands and/or using hand sanitizer. Classrooms and student desks are cleaned frequently throughout the day. Masks are required on campus except when students are eating or socially distanced. Our teachers and staff will continue to be diligent with these protocols.”

Campbell also wrote that due to HIPPA guidelines, she is not permitted to share any additional information.

As of Nov. 2, the 14-day quarantine period for each of the three COVID-19 positives had expired.

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