Gary ISD announced Wednesday that they were closing down the secondary campus temporarily due to five staff members testing positive for COVID-19. All 7th to 12th grade classes were held virtually Oct. 7-9.

Four secondary school staff members and one elementary school staff member tested positive, the school district said. Three were last on campus on Friday, Oct. 2 and one was last on campus Monday, Oct. 5. All of them were screened on these days and had zero symptoms. The district said the staff members displayed symptoms over the weekend or on the day of testing and received positive confirmation by Oct. 6.

The secondary campus will be closed for the next three days for cleaning and disinfecting of all areas and equipment used by the staff members. Because of this, all seventh to 12th grade classes are being held virtually from Oct. 7-9. Traditional face-to-face learning will resume after Fall Break on Oct. 19.

The district determined that the end of the incubation period for anyone possibly exposed on campus to the staff members is Oct. 19. That exposure is across the whole secondary campus, so the district is asking everyone to continue to monitor for symptoms and seek immediate treatment if they have any. The district directly contacted all elementary students and staff members who may have been exposed.

The elementary campus will continue traditional learning format for the rest of the week.

The district asks all parents continue to screen their children at home before sending them to school, and to contact their physician and campus principal if any symptoms do present.