Individual at West Covina High tests positive for COVID-19, prompting district-wide school closures

All schools in the West Covina Unified School District were closed Monday morning after an individual at West Covina High School tested positive for COVID-19.

West Covina USD Superintendent Dr. Charles Hinman confirmed the positive case in a letter sent to families of students on Sunday.

The superintendent said that the individual is "resting well at home under quarantine and is awaiting direction from the Department of Public Health regarding the notification procedures to others who may have been exposed."

It was unclear if the individual was a student or a faculty member.

Students will not be allowed onto school property for any reason, public health officials advised that students should stay home and minimize social contact as much as possible to keep family members safe.

Hinman said that students will have access to voluntary remote learning opportunities through the district and school websites. During the time that schools are closed, all student work is optional and will not be used to determine or affect grades.

District officials did not specify how long the shutdown will last in their release.

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