Washington high school staff member quarantined, school closes Thursday amid coronavirus concerns


BOTHELL, Wash. — A high school in western Washington closed Thursday due to coronavirus concerns.

In a letter sent to Bothell High School families, Northshore School District Superintendent Michelle Reid said a staff member at the school returned to work Monday after a week of international travel. The staffer said a family member traveling with them became sick Tuesday and was taken to the hospital.

“At this time, there is no confirmation that the family member’s illness is connected to the coronavirus outbreak,” Reid said. “But out of an abundance of caution, the family member is being tested.”

Reid said the closure is “out of an abundance of caution.” The school will be cleaned and disinfected Thursday while students remain at home.

“While today, our support services staff have been taking initial steps to disinfect the areas where the staff member traveled on the campus, we need more time to fully and completely disinfect the entire school as a preventive measure,” Reid said.

The district has not decided whether students will return Friday to school.