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Combs High closed until late October, 450 students told to quarantine

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Combs High School in San Tan Valley will close until at least Oct. 27 because of a COVID-19 outbreak. 

Three people have tested positive for COVID, according to Kayla Fulmer, J.O. Combs Unified School District spokesperson. However, she wrote in a text message, an investigation into the outbreak is continuing.

She said 450 students and 20 staff members have been directed to quarantine.

The individuals who tested positive were last on campus Tuesday.

School is not canceled, however. Students are expected to learn virtually while in-person classes are put on hold because of the outbreak. 

Public health officials in Pinal County directed the school to temporarily close, according to a note sent to school community members Wednesday evening.

Parents were advised to watch their children for symptoms for the next 14 days.

Dozens of schools across Maricopa County have reported outbreaks, but few have closed. 

J.O. Combs opened in September for in-person classes. The district had planned to open in August, but teachers staged a sick-out to protest the early reopening.