In light of the situation we have all become aware of at our school department with a student reporting to the high school on Monday and said student being Covid positive, it’s imperative that parents keep their kids home if the kids are Covid positive. Additionally if test results are pending, kids should be kept home. If kids are showing any symptoms of COVID-19, they should probably get a test. If anyone has come into contact with a COVID-19 confirmed individual, it’s best to contact either the school nurse or the city nurse to go over the different situations and what to do. We should all be vigilant and constantly be monitoring ourselves for symptoms.
It’s also important to understand that the school department did not do anything wrong. The school department has been taking great precautions to make sure that our 6000 students will be as safe as possible under the circumstances. Additionally, the city health department is working seven days a week and working with state contact tracing teams. Having said that, the school superintendent and I are both in agreement that as a matter of sheer probability, there is no way to guarantee that all students in the school are COVID-19 negative. Put in other words, it is highly likely that there are some students who are asymptomatic and don’t even know they are Covid positive. The measures that are put in place by the school department are consistent with the CDC and DPH guidelines. Those measures are there to minimize the person to person spread of this virus.
As we have all said since March, we are all in this together. It is critical that every person does their part.
- Continue to wear a mask; masks catch most of the respiratory droplets that we all exhale when we speak and breathe.
- Sanitize your hands on a regular basis.
- Don’t touch your face.
- Continue to practice social distancing.
These are the common sense ways that we can help decrease the person to person spread of this virus. Thank you to everyone for your cooperation.
We are still all in this together.