November 9, 2020

Dear Families and Staff,

The district has learned that another elementary school student has tested positive for COVID-19. The student is currently in isolation. We currently have two elementary students, one high school student, and one district staff member in isolation. Due to federal health privacy laws, information regarding these students' and staff's identity cannot be released. Please respect the students’ and staff's 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 are making appropriate notifications. 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 during a 24 hour period 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. We currently have twenty-nine elementary school students, eight middle school students, five high school students, one elementary school staff, and one high school staff currently in quarantine.

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 or  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 Questions can be sent to Jim Haynes at

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.
Superintendent of Schools