McFarland Middle School closed for COVID-19 cases

| June 30, 2020 8:54 PM

OTHELLO — The Othello School District announced on Monday, June 29, that McFarland Middle School (MMS) is closed until July 7 after two staff members tested positive for COVID-19. The announcement was made on Facebook by Superintendent Chris Hurst.

The MMS staff members were experiencing fever, cough and shortness of breath. The district reported that the staff members have self-quarantined and are getting medical care.

“As is always the case, our top priority at Othello School District is to keep our students, staff and community healthy and safe,” Hurst said in the Facebook post. “Our custodial staff has been mobilized to begin thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting McFarland Middle School. Additionally, we are working closely with the local health department to get in contact with the families of those staff members who may have come in recent contact with the individuals who are being tested for COVID-19 to discuss precautionary measures.”

The district will be requiring face masks be worn in all district buildings and providing hand sanitizer.

“We will continue to closely monitor the situation and provide updates, including if there are other confirmed cases within this district,” Hurst said.