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Three Cherry Creek School District teachers died over the weekend

Three Cherry Creek School District teachers died over the weekend, one from a suspected case of bacterial meningitis, district officials confirmed Thursday.

Two of the teachers worked at Eaglecrest High School, which was closed Wednesday “to create some space for that community” to grieve, school district spokeswoman Abbe Smith said.

“And there was a physical education teacher at one of our elementary schools who passed away. But that is not at all related to the other deaths. We have no reason to believe that was bacterial meningitis,” Smith said.

His cause of death wasn’t identified.

On Wednesday, Arapahoe County public health officials completed contact tracing work at Eaglecrest High School. Meningitis can be contagious and require hospitalization. It can be treated with antibiotics.

The teacher who died over the weekend of suspected meningitis was Maddie Schmidt, an Integrated Learning Center teacher at Eaglecrest. And Judith Geoffroy, a paraprofessional in the learning center, also died over the weekend, officials said.  Arapahoe County health and Eaglecrest officials worked to identify students or staff who might have had contact with Schmidt due to concerns about meningitis.

The cause of Geoffroy’s death hadn’t been determined.

The physical education teacher who died, Scott Nash, worked at Willow Creek Elementary School and officials said his death was “completely unrelated” to the other deaths.

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