Firebaugh school district closes down, suspends free lunches over coronavirus exposure

A relative of a Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified School District employee tested positive for COVID-19, leading to closure of all operations, including lunch service.

Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified School District announced it is suspending its lunch distribution program and completely shuttering operations after a relative of a district employee tested positive for coronavirus.

District Superintendent Russell Freitas informed staff via email on Sunday night.


“Today, FLDUSD learned that someone from the community of Firebaugh was diagnosed positively for COVID 19,” Freitas wrote in the email. “This individual is related to FLDUSD employee which creates the likelihood that the other employees likely have been exposed.”

The district announced a complete closure of operations beginning Monday, including the service of free school lunches. Last week, the district provided five days worth of lunches to families during two days.

The district said the closure would allow for it to sanitize work areas utilized by the employee, allow the district to identify anyone that has been exposed to the individual and begin notification to self-isolate.

The district’s email noted that it had developed a health screening procedure for coronavirus, following a countywide order issued by Fresno County Public Health officer Dr. Rais Vohra. Freitas added that in order for staff to engage in essential services they would need to undertake daily health screening.

This story will be updated.

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