DUTTON — Dutton/Brady Public Schools on Feb. 2 placed its kindergarten class in quarantine and switched the students to remote learning. The students will return to school on Feb. 8, Superintendent Erica Allen announced in an email to parents. All other students will continue to come to school as usual.

Allen took action after the Teton County Health Department on Feb. notified the school that a staff member had tested positive for COVID-19. According to the Health Department, some members of the school district’s staff and students were in contact with the staff member during the period of possible exposure. Allen sent the staff and students who were exposed directions from the Health Department on how to quarantine. She said that parents whose children had been directly exposed would receive an email or a phone call by Feb. 3. 

“I also need to reinforce the importance of students, families and community members remaining vigilant on following established COVID-19 safety protocols,” Allen said. “Our goal continues to be to have students successfully remain in school and participate in extracurricular activities the remainder of the school year Please continue to be kind and supportive of each other.”

She said the school system will continue to monitor this situation carefully. She said administrators will remain in contact with the Health Department and are reviewing the federal Centers for Disease Control guidance to complete cleaning the school and other related facilities. Further information will be provided if and when it becomes available. Anyone who has questions should contact Allen, the school secretaries or the teachers.

Elsewhere in Teton County, one of three Choteau Elementary School classrooms that has been quarantined returned to in-person school on Tuesday. Two other classrooms remain out-of-school doing remote learning. TCHD Director Melissa Moyer on Monday said several staff and students at Choteau Public Schools have been diagnosed with the viral illness and are in isolation while others, who have been exposed, are under quarantine.

Moyer reported on Feb. 2 that one more person in the county has tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the cumulative total cases in the county to 404 with 20 active cases.