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Staff member at Knox Community Schools tests positive for COVID-19

Published: Aug. 17, 2020 at 5:55 PM EDT
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KNOX, Ind. (WNDU) - A staff member at Knox Community Schools has tested positive for COVID-19.

16 News Now talked with the school corporation’s superintendent to learn more about their response to this positive case.

“Everyday I wake up, I think, is this going to be the day for our first positive case? Because we know it’s going to happen. And today happened to be that day,” Superintendent of Knox Community Schools Dr. William Reichhart said.

After nine days of in-person classes for Knox Community Schools, the first positive case of COVID-19 was reported Monday out of the high school.

Let's break down what happened.

The corporation was notified Monday morning. From there, school nurses were notified who then contacted the county board of health. Together, contact tracing was conducted.

Through the contact tracing, two other staff members and 7 students were identified as coming in close contact with the staff member who tested positive.

Parents were notified and those identified through the contact tracing were sent home.

The seven students will move to online learning starting Tuesday for at least 10 school days.

“We have students who are doing online learning and also in-person learning. So, these students that got sent home today will have a smooth transition to go right to online learning,” Reichhart said.

Reichhart says today was a good learning opportunity for the school system, and that ultimately, everyone working together is key in making this school year a success.

“It was a good test for us today, in terms of how it went. And, in fact, I have a meeting this afternoon with our board of health for us to debrief. For us to talk over how we did things today, how can we get better,” Reichhart said.

Reichhart says, based on guidance from the county board of health, no further measures need to be taken as of now.

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