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COVID-19: Surge in positive cases at a Charles City school leaves over 100 people in quarantine

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CHARLES CITY, Iowa (KWWL) - 28 positive cases are now reported across the Charles City Community School District with 119 in quarantine.

22 of the positive cases come out of Charles City High School. The majority of the cases are directly associated with the JV Football team.

"We have the kids isolated and quarantined to keep everybody safe right now and we just try to be super transparent about everything we're doing," Superintendent Mike Fisher said.

Students at CCHS say they weren't nervous about going back to school during the pandemic, but the recent outbreak surprised one that we spoke with.

"Just the speed of how fast they're coming, it kind of surprised me, but everything has been…as far as my friend group it hasn't been anybody I've been really close to," sophomore Natalie White said.

The high school is looking into moving some of the classes to larger spaces to assist with social distancing.

"We offer so many electives, we have AP courses we have band, orchestra, choir…sometimes it just causes our class sizes to be a little higher than we want for social distancing," Fisher said, "We're speaking to people. We're taking feedback. We know our plans aren't perfect. We're trying to make them better and improve on them every day."

CCHS has been working directly with the Floyd County Health Department in order to make the school as safe as possible.

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