Staffer at senior checkout event at Denver’s Thomas Jefferson High tests positive for coronavirus

A staff member at a Denver high school tested positive for COVID-19 after helping at a senior checkout and yearbook distribution event this week, school officials said.

Thomas Jefferson High School in southeast Denver sent a letter to families Saturday notifying them of the possible exposure and shared the letter on social media. Principal Michael Christoff said the staff member worked Monday and Tuesday May 18 and May 19, and began to feel sick on Wednesday. The staff member was wearing a mask and gloves on both days they were assisting students and had no symptoms at that time, Christoff said.

About 230 students, some accompanied by their family members, attended the senior checkout during the two-day period. They all stayed in their cars, Christoff said. District officials believe the staff member likely had contact with fewer than 10 of their co-workers because the school limited the number of people working at each station, and the stations were spread out.

The news comes as high schools around the state have been bringing students together for graduation and continuation ceremonies after weeks of isolation. Most of these events involve careful social distancing, but some counties have variances from the state to allow larger gatherings, and some areas are going ahead with in-person graduation ceremonies despite not having permission.


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