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Districtwide Parent Emails

Sent to Families on 8/28

Wildcat Family -

We’ve had a great first week of school!  Our students and staff have done an amazing job of adapting to the new procedures.  

 

We just wanted to provide an update on procedures (as they stand today) for quarantine (exposed) and isolation (positive) of students and staff.  

 

We are in constant communication with the Cass County Health Department (CCHD) and as of this week, we have been given the responsibility of in-district contact tracing for positive cases in staff or students. The CCHD will be responsible for outside contact tracing student & staff cases.  

 

As of the sending of this email, we have not had any positive cases in our students or staff since the beginning of school.

 

Per guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, a close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 2 days before the person had any symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19.  Close contacts will need to quarantine for 14 days.

 

A team of nurses and administrators will form the contact tracing team for each building to determine close contacts and will receive assistance from CCHD. If the contact tracing occurs during the school day, students and staff identified as close contacts could be sent home in the middle of the day. Once the team has completed the contact tracing and building nurses and principals complete the notification of close contacts, an email will be sent to all families & staff in that building.  If you have not been personally contacted by a building nurse or principal, there is nothing further you need to do when you get the email - it is just for information purposes. Due to privacy requirements, we will not release the name of the individual or details that may identify them.

 

Students who are placed on quarantine or isolation, and are able, can continue learning based on Scenario 4 in our Back-to-School plan. 

 

Virtual Learning for Quarantined Students (Scenario 4 - short term)

Students excluded due to positive test or exposure and, who are able, can use Google Classroom to continue school. Students will work directly with their teacher(s) to continue completing assignments from home.

 

Families will receive information from their student’s school/teacher regarding the continuation of learning in the event quarantine or isolation becomes necessary.

 

We just wanted to provide updated information and will continue to do so as changes & updates happen.  Please let us know if you have questions and enjoy your weekend.

 

Paul Mensching
Superintendent