Eatonville Middle School Closed Due to COVID-19 Outbreak


Eatonville Middle School was temporarily closed starting Friday after several cases of COVID-19 were reported at the school, the Eatonville School District said.

The school had no classes on Friday as teachers prepared to convert to distance education, Superintendent Gary Neal said. Students will start distance education on Monday.

The school is scheduled to tentatively reopen on Oct. 11, but the school district said it will consult with the Tacoma-Pierce County Department of Health to determine a reopening date.

It is not known how many cases of coronavirus have been reported at school. In the announcement, the school district said “several” cases had been reported.

The school closure also applies to sports and extracurricular activities, according to the announcement.

The shutdown comes as other school districts in the county have collectively reported hundreds of cases of COVID-19 in the first few weeks of school.

“We understand that this can be a challenge for families and disrupt student learning,” Neal said in the announcement. “We are working with the Tacoma-Pierce County Department of Health to investigate cases and are looking at guidelines issued by the Washington State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

The school district has advised parents to monitor students for symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, headache, body aches, diarrhea and vomiting.

This story was originally published September 24, 2021 10:24 a.m.

Peter Talbot covers crime and the latest news in Pierce County. He started with The News Tribune in 2021. Prior to that, he obtained his BA in Journalism from Indiana University. In college, he worked as an intern at the NPR in Washington, DC. He also interned for the Oregonian and the Tampa Bay Times.


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