Over a dozen Brentwood students contract COVID during first week of classes

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The Brentwood Unified School District reported 18 positive cases of COVID-19 just days after returning to in person classes for the fall.

Superintendent Dana Eaton initially announced schools experienced 15 new cases over first three days of in-person classes last week, however the number has been updated to 18 according to the district’s COVID case tracker.

All but one of those cases are students. In addition, 57 students and staff members were deemed to be in close contact with the people that tested positive.

"We're scared, but at the same time we think it's important for kids to go back to school," Wedelio Buyan, a parent, told KGO.

The district will remain open despite the outbreak, according to the station.

Contract tracing revealed that none of the cases were contracted at any of the district's 11 elementary and middle school campuses.

"Our goal is to follow the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Safety Guidance to prevent the spread of positive cases at school," Superintendent Eaton said in a statement to the outlet. "This includes indoor masking by all regardless of vaccination status, hand washing and cleaning and sanitation protocols."