A Basis charter school campus in Scottsdale temporarily shut down last week due to confirmed cases of COVID on campus.
On Nov. 10, Basis Scottsdale Primary West told parents it would close for the remainder of the week out of an “abundance of caution.”
The school, near Scottsdale Road and Greenway Hayden Loop, had three confirmed cases on campus, said Head of School Dania Gold.
Stating school officials were still awaiting direction from the county health department, “we are acting out of an abundance of caution and find it prudent to close the building to in-person instruction through the end of this week, with a planned return to in-person instruction,” on Nov. 16, the email to parents said.
The school will undergo a deep clean and sanitization during the closure.
The school said it is encouraging its administration and teaching staff to go into isolation during the contact tracing period, necessitating a temporary shift to virtual learning.
“While they are in good spirits, this puts a burden on our ability to continue in-person instruction at this time, and as such, we will move to virtual-only through the end of this week,” the email read.
The school will notify individual families if it believes they were in close contact with anyone who tested positive.
“All close contacts of positive cases will be required to stay home from school for 14 days,” Gold told the Progress.
ZIP code 85260, where the school is located, has posted over 90 new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents for two straight weeks, which is categorized as moderate spread by the county.
That bumps up to “substantial” spread if cases numbers exceed 100 cases per 100,000 for two straight weeks.
It is unclear how much those numbers impact Basis Scottsdale Primary West, however, as the charter draws students from all over the Valley.