The child did ride the school bus Monday, said Dillon, but sat with a sibling. Close contacts to the child on the bus have been notified and quarantined, he said.
Paulding is handling each instance of COVID-19, whether staff or student, on a case-by-case basis as circumstances of each case may be different, said Dillon. “For instance, over the weekend we learned that there were confirmed cases within the North Paulding High School football team. We also learned that some of the football players may have associated with other non-football students from the school, so in that case we informed the entire North Paulding High School community.”
In the Shelton Elementary case, Dillon said, “Students had not been at school before Monday, and the student had no association with anyone outside of the student’s homeroom class. It was entirely contained and no students outside of that particular class were exposed, so, following guidance from the Department of Public Health, we notified all families in the student’s class and made sure that those identified as close contacts did not attend school on Tuesday. The principal is following up with a letter to all Shelton parents today.”
Here is that letter from principal Paul Chaffee:
On August 3, 2020, after school hours, we were alerted that a student tested positive for COVID-19. We are working closely with local public health officials to ensure the proper recommendations are followed to isolate the student diagnosed with COVID-19. Our evening custodial staff was immediately contacted and instructed to thoroughly clean and disinfect affected areas of the school building.
Additionally, we identified and communicated with the parents of students determined to be close contacts. If you were not contacted by an administrator, your child was not identified as a close contact. As a parent, the most proactive measures you can take to keep classrooms safe and healthy are to screen your child’s health according to the following guidelines:
Check their child’s temperature at least twice a day.
Check for COVID-19 symptoms, such as: o Fever or chills, headache, sore throat, cough, or fatigue
New loss of taste or smell
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Congestion or runny nose
Muscle or body aches, nausea or vomiting
If your child exhibits any of these COVID-19 symptoms, the CDC and DPH recommend your child is tested as soon as possible. In addition, please notify the school front office as it is imperative that students who are showing symptoms stay home and quarantine.
Our goal is to keep parents informed as situations arise.
Dr. Paul Chaffee