September 1, 2020
Dear Families and Staff,
The district learned last evening that a high school student in Group B has tested positive for COVID-19 and a middle school student in Group B is showing symptoms for COVID-19. The students are currently in self-quarantine. Due to federal health privacy laws, information regarding these students’ identity cannot be released. Please respect the students’ privacy during this difficult time.
Upon learning the news, we immediately contacted the Ottawa County Health Department to receive guidance. We are conducting contact tracing and making appropriate notifications. We are reviewing video, interviewing/reaching out/providing assistance directly to individuals with an elevated risk of exposure who may have been in recent close contact with the students. According to the CDC, for COVID-19, a close contact is defined as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. All families directly impacted by this news are being contacted.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends contacting your doctor if you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and other symptoms, such as coughing or difficulty breathing. More information can be found at https://coronavirus.health.ok.... or https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/index.html. In addition, please take social distancing seriously; avoid crowds, stay at home and maintain at least a six-foot distance from other people.
We will continue to provide updates as needed. You can access all of the district’s related communication by visiting our website at https://www.commercetigers.net/. Questions can be sent to Jim Haynes at email@example.com.
Thank you for your continued support. By working together, we will get through these challenging times. As you know, the well-being of our students, staff and families is our number one priority.
Please let me know if you have any concerns about the situation.
Jimmy R. Haynes Ed. S.