COVID-19 school outbreaks rise across Maricopa County; Chandler USD reports 9 cases districtwide

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Chandler USD has reported several COVID-19 cases across its campuses. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

Chandler USD has reported several COVID-19 cases across its campuses. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

Chandler USD had reported nine COVID-19 cases across its 45 schools as of Oct. 20, according to data from the district.

ACP Erie, Andersen Elementary School, Bogle Junior High School and Chandler High School have all reported one case each, according to the district. Perry High School has two confirmed COVID-19 cases, and Casteel High School has three confirmed cases, making the latter an "outbreak," which is defined by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health as a school site with more than two confirmed cases.

Chandler USD spokesperson Terry Locke said the district is being careful not to provide identifiable information on individuals and stated that there are three confirmed cases in the Casteel High School community. As a result of those three cases, Locke said, 52 individuals are quarantined.

Chandler USD junior high and high schools went back to in-person learning Oct. 13 after spending the first quarter learning remotely. Elementary school students in the district returned in late September in a staggered approach. Students and staff are required to wear masks while on campus, and social distancing and enhanced sanitizing protocols have been put in place districtwide.

"It’s important that students, staff and parents collaborate to ensure safety," Superintendent Camille Casteel said. "This includes staying home when not feeling well, reporting cases to the schools and employing safety precautions, including social distancing, wearing masks and washing hands properly."

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health reported Oct. 20 that 26 schools in the county had active outbreaks—meaning more than two cases at a school site. The county also reported 113 total cases tied to schools: 80 in students and 33 in staff.

Here is a breakdown of cases across Chandler USD.


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