Timber Creek High School at Avalon Park on Wednesday afternoon, she abruptly ended her personal classes. The school switched to the LaunchEd @ Home virtual learning platform on Thursday after they were on campus where they were 14 positive tests for COVID-19. The Florida Department of Health also sends 200 quarantine letters to those exposed to the school.
A Timber Creek Twitter post from director Kelly Paduano on Wednesday explained the school’s decision, saying contact monitoring linked the increase in infection to “community events.”
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– Timber Creek High (@TCHSWolves) October 21, 2020
Wondering what “community event” Director Paduano is talking about? Well, according to WESH, it was a Sweet 16 party in Avalon Park.
During the press briefing of Dr. Raul Pina and Orange County health officials on Thursday afternoon brought up this particular birthday party to warn parents against throwing birthday whips, with officials noting that the party’s attendees attend several high schools.
Of the 30 people who attended the party, 15 later tested positive for COVID-19, according to a Florida Department of Health contact.
Teaching at Timber Creek High will continue on November 5, and the school will be cleaned and disinfected in the meantime. All extracurricular activities are canceled, with the exception of football. Free COVID-19 testing will be available to students and staff.
Timber Creek is now the third public school in Orange County to temporarily close its gates and move all classes online due to COVID-19, after West Orange High School and Olympia High School.
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