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Update on COVID cases at THS

May 3, 2021  - An update on COVID cases

Dear TTUSD parents, 

Here is the latest update for you on the current COVID-19 cases at Truckee High School (THS). 

  • We now have a total of 32 students who have tested positive for COVID. 
  • There has been no transmission of the virus at school. We have confirmation that 100% of the COVID cases have been traced to off-campus activities. 
  • Our THS nurse, Zan Larkins, in conjunction with Nevada County Health, has done an exemplary job with contact tracing. 
  • In addition to those who have tested positive, we have 166 students in quarantine due to direct contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID. 

What does quarantining mean? Quarantine is for people who have been exposed to a positive COVID-19 individual and who could become infected and spread the disease to others. While CDC states that quarantine can be shortened from 14 to 10 days from the last known exposure, the guidance is different for schools. CDPH states: “Ideally, the school would find a way to keep 6 feet distance or adopt hybrid scheduling to allow for 6 feet distancing for close contacts returning from quarantine for days 11-14.” All Placer County schools follow the 14-day quarantine protocol because we cannot meet the ideal scenario of six feet of distance in all classrooms. 

What if my child got a negative test result while in quarantine due to a direct exposure?

The incubation period for the COVID-19 virus is up to 14 days, therefore they must remain in quarantine. A negative test result will not shorten their quarantine period. 

More info to know:

  • Our COVID dashboard can be found here. It provides a daily update of the number of active cases. 
  • THS remains open at this time. It is safe for students to be at school and learning in person if they’re not in quarantine as the cases have ALL been traced to outside events. 
  • If the active cases grow to 39, the entire school would transition to distance learning and all extracurricular activities would be temporarily suspended. 
  • If a student has been directed to quarantine, they must remain away from school and other activities for 14 calendar days. There are NO exceptions to this rule. If your child is required to quarantine, they should NOT socialize with friends or participate in sports or other extracurricular activities, even if they are outdoor activities.

Please be part of the solution! We need all students, parents, and staff members to be diligent about putting safety first.  We can’t stay safe and keep our schools open without your help and following COVID safety mitigation efforts when off campus. 


Carmen Ghysels
Superintendent Chief Learning Officer

Click here to read the Friday, April 30, 2021 Update on COVID cases at THS.