Dayton High School

DAYTON — The Dayton School District reopened its middle and high school Monday, Sept. 13, after all but two quarantined staff members were able to return to work. Dixie Elementary School will welcome its students back Wednesday, Sept. 15.

Dayton’s middle and high school students had been in distancing learning since Aug. 31 when a COVID-19 outbreak hit students and staff.

At the height of the outbreak, Superintendent Guy Strot said that over 30 students and “several” staff members — including teachers and support staff — had either tested positive for COVID-19 or were under quarantine due to close contact exposure.

Strot said one staff member remains out with a positive COVID-19 test and one more is under quarantine. Both are expected to return by next week.

Strot also confirmed that several students remain out under quarantine. He said the district hasn’t had any new cases reported over the weekend.

The district’s elementary school remained open.

In Dixie, a single case among staff closed the elementary-only district on Sept. 6. Staff confirmed Monday, Sept. 13, that the school will reopen on Wednesday, Sept. 15 and that there have been no additional cases.

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Jeremy Burnham can be reached at jeremyburnham@wwub.com or 509-526-8321.


Jeremy covers education, as well as Dayton and Columbia County, for the Union-Bulletin. He graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2019 with a degree in journalism.

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