The Atascadero Unified School District (AUSD) decided to move Santa Rosa Academic Academy (SRAA) Elementary School off-campus into distance learning this past week due to a COVID-19 outbreak among staff at the site. According to AUSD’s COVID-19 Positive Notification Data page, which can be accessed on the school site, four staff members have tested positive.

“With our nursing staff who are professionally certified contact tracers and our partnership with County Public Health, we really ended up moving that campus to distance learning this week out of really just an abundance of caution,” AUSD Superintendent Tom Butler told the Atascadero News. “We want to make sure that our students and our staff are healthy; we also want to make sure we are being good partners to the community and not positively contributing to any spread.”

The data online is from the week of Jan. 18 through Jan. 24 and shows that SRAA has had 195 student and staff members in person, bringing their positivity rate to just over two percent.

There were eight total positive tests last week, with six staff members and two students testing positive. Monterey Road Elementary School and San Benito Elementary School accounted for one of the students, while Santa Margarita Elementary and Carissa Plains accounted for the two additional staff positive tests.


SRAA resumed school on Monday, Feb. 1.

The District had 1,083 students and staff on elementary campuses and registered 13 positive tests since Jan. 4.

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