Good Afternoon GMHS Families,
I am writing to give you an update on Superintendent Jacobs’ 10/19 communication concerning a student testing positive for COVID-19 at GMHS and the protocol process that was followed.
Over this past weekend, the school nurse, Mrs. Shurpenko, and I learned that a student at GMHS tested positive for COVID-19. Once we learned the news, Mrs. Shurpenko contacted the Department of Public Health to confirm the case and to consult with a DPH representative.The representative then worked, and continues to work, with the family to ensure they are aware of the necessary precautions, appropriate testing, and to provide any needed resources.
On Sunday, 10/18, I reached out to the student’s teachers and asked them to provide me with their classroom seating charts, attendance records, and conducted a short health interview with each of them. These procedures were to ensure that no students or teachers were in danger of being in the “High Risk” category. Fortunately, NO teachers or students were considered to be in the “High Risk” category while in school.
On Monday, 10/19, Mrs. Shurpenko and I walked the student’s daily schedule to ensure that all classroom desks were in their proper locations for safe social distancing. I am happy to report all desks were in their proper locations.
To help streamline the contact tracing protocol, all teachers’ seating charts are electronic and in a single shared folder. Having the seating plans centralized helps to expedite the discovery process and allows us to determine if an individual is “Low” or “High Risk” in a matter of just a few minutes. A similar process has been developed for the cafeteria and other social gathering locations.
In addition to social distance tracking, teachers remind students at the start and end of each class to sanitize their hands and their desk surface areas. This is done each period of each day and was confirmed while the students were in classes.
These are a few examples of the GMHS contact tracing protocol to ensure all students, faculty, and staff members are working and learning in a safe school environment. Safety for all is, and always will be, our top priority during the health crisis and well beyond.
If you have any questions about the safety protocols or have any concerns, please reach out to me. I am happy to answer any questions you may have.
Superintendent Jacobs’ Message 10/19 – Good afternoon everyone,I am writing to inform you that a student at the MHS has tested positive for COVID 19. The Georgetown Public Health Nurse spent the weekend contact tracing and today that process was completed. The eight students who are close contacts have been notified and will be quarantined and tested. This process included both contact tracing within the school and outside of school. The GMHS nurse and Principal Richards worked with the Public Health Nurse today to determine if there were close contacts within the school and the result was there were no close contacts within six feet of the COVID positive person for 15 minutes or more. The exposure occurred outside of the school. The faculty and staff have been notified and spaces have been cleaned for added precaution. We will continue to follow our safety protocol of six feet of social distancing, mask wearing and proper hand hygiene. I urge you to work with your children to use this safety measure when outside of the school to avoid potential spread within the school and the community. If you have questions, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a good evening.