CCS COVID-19 Case Status Report
Calhoun City Schools is monitoring the state of public health in our schools and will report, on this webpage, every Friday the updated total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the week. Please note that the numbers posted here include confirmed positive tests beginning Wednesday, August 12, 2020 and include August 13th and 14th.
While we do not show reports of confirmed cases for students and staff for the first few days of school, we are realistic in knowing that these are likely. As one of the largest employers in our city and county, Calhoun City Schools has already had staff members who have had direct or indirect contact with persons who have COVID-19. Some individuals have tested positive with no symptoms, while others have had mild symptoms. Again, we are aware of students and staff who have had confirmed positive tests prior to opening day, however, these individuals have not been onsite since the start of school.
Education will be key to help us slow the spread and act responsibly. Schools are focusing on safety rituals and routines that include increased hand washing, using hand sanitizer, social distancing and wearing masks when distancing is not possible. CCS is in daily communication with the Department of Public Health and will continue to follow protocols of quarantine / isolation etc. when students and/or staff are identified. CCS will follow FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) laws and only share information allowed.
Students’ parents/guardians and employees will be notified whenever there is a positive COVID-19 case at their school which has a direct connection to him/her. If a student’s exposure to a student or employee who has tested positive meets the Department of Health’s requirements for mandated precautionary quarantine, parents/guardians will be immediately advised; the same notification will be made to employees who meet these requirements. A precautionary quarantine does not mean that an employee or student is sick or will become sick, but is a Department of Public Health mandated practice, fully supported by CCS, to best ensure the safety of the student or employee, as well as those teaching and learning around them.
Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 must not return to school until they meet the Department of Public Health’s Return to School Guidance After COVID-19 Illness or Exposure. Additionally, students and staff should stay home if they are exhibiting any of COVID-19 symptoms identified by DPH and the CDC, including a fever of 100.4 or higher. Students or staff must not come to school until they have been fever-free, without the use of fever-reducing medication, for at least 24 hours.
Thank you in advance for helping us to have a safe re-opening of school. We respectfully ask that students, staff and parents contact the schools directly through email (firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone if there are questions and/or concerns. It is extremely difficult to manage social media posts that the schools may or may not see. Misinformation on social media causes extra work, undue stress for staff, students’ families and makes it difficult for our schools to focus on what matters most, the education and safety of our students. Go Jackets!
Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 must not return to school until they meet the Department of Public Health’s Return to School Guidance After COVID-19 Illness or Exposure.