COVID-19 case at Grenada Elementary will not close the school
A staff member at Grenada Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19 and has been isolated per public health guidelines, although the situation will not affect in-person classes said the school's principal/superintendent GingerLee Charles.
The school received word of the positive test on Monday, and parents and guardians of the students in the staff member's cohort group were sent a notification.
“We are a very close staff, so we all worry about and take care of one another,” Charles said. “This was our first case of an employee testing positive. I am happy to report that they are recovering well and will return to school after the holidays. We care very much about the health and welfare of our school community."
In consultation with the Siskiyou County Office of Education and taking into account the timing of the testing and reporting, the cohort will continue to attend school on campus, Charles said. New public health guidelines say people who have been exposed to COVID-19 but who remain asymptomatic may return to school after 10 days.
Schools are recommended to close based on the percentage of teachers, students and staff with COVID-19. Individual school closure may be appropriate when there are multiple cases in multiple cohorts at a school or when at least five percent of the total number of teachers/student/staff are cases within a 14-day period, depending on the size and physical layout of the school.
"We are all doing what we can to reduce risk and remain open," said Charles. "Part of that is staying on top of current research and news and implementing new strategies and guidelines in a timely fashion.”
She said that parents have been “very communicative” regarding student symptoms and absences.
“This helps us assess the potential impact on school,” Charles said. “We monitor all students and staff daily for temperature and we do a verbal health check both prior to entering campus.”