Students, staff members at Phoenix middle school told to quarantine

Officials with a school district in Phoenix say some of their staff members and students will have to quarantine for at least 14 days due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement, officials with the Madison School District say the 14-day quarantine period for students and staff members at Madison No. 1 Middle School will start on Oct. 26.

"The planned return date for students and staff is Monday, November 9 unless the Maricopa County Department of Public Health recommends extending the quarantine period up to 28 days," read a portion of the statement.

School district officials say a fourth positive case of COVID-19 on campus prompted the quarantine, and all students will continue to learn at home, via online means.

Parents react

Parents of students affected were notified by the school, which sent a letter out on Oct. 23.

"We kind of expected it to happen," said parent Michelle Udvare. "We wanted to let the children go to schools so they could have a social experience and a more normal experience, but we were kind of expecting to be home again."

Jessica Goodman says while she will miss the social aspect of in-person learning for her kids, she believes the school has done a good job with virtual learning already.

"I think socially it’s great for the kids to be together, hang out together and have that component, but we’ll make sure," said Goodman.

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