The North Kitsap School District recently announced that Kingston High School reopen Tuesday after being closed Monday after district officials announced that a student at the school is being tested for novel coronavirus.
In an alert that went out at 7:25 a.m. to district families, officials stated that they had been “made aware that a student at Kingston High School is being tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19). Out of an abundance of caution, we are closing Kingston High School today to thoroughly clean and disinfect the school.” The alert also noted that all other district schools would remain open.
Two updates sent out at 8:05 a.m. and 8:24 a.m. stated that the student in question does not have any siblings attending other schools in the district and that students who rode the bus to KHS this morning would be moved to the nearby Choice Academy.
Despite having received a report from a parent that a student was being tested for the virus, in a statement sent Monday afternoon, officials noted that according to the Kitsap Public Health District, “there are no tests for COVID-19 being conducted in Kitsap County at this time.” The NKSD website stated that officials have consulted extensively with KPHD who recommended that all schools run as normal. NKSD schools will continue to be cleaned and disinfected as normal, per the recommendation of the CDC, DOH and KPHD for cold and flu season. NKSD buses 53 and 14 also underwent deep cleaning.
“We thank you all again for your patience while we have continued to work through this rapidly changing situation today,” NKSD Superintendent Laurynn Evans wrote in a statement on the district’s website. “We will continue to keep you updated on changes at the local, state and federal level.”
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.