Over the past few days we have been made aware of several positive cases within the Greeneview community. Our middle school currently has one positive case and we have staff and students quarantined as a result of their close contact with the infected individual. Our high school currently has one positive case which also resulted in staff and students being placed under quarantine. We have made contact with all of the individuals that must quarantine.
In addition to these two known school cases, we are aware of several other individuals in our community who are currently sick with the virus. The virus is present in Jamestown and we all must do our part to slow the spread. As we have worked through these situations over the past few days, we feel the need to offer several clarifications and reminders based on the questions we have received from our community.
First, when someone in your home is sick with COVID-19, we ask that you please notify the school. Based on CDC guidelines, everyone in the house should quarantine if someone is positive. We will work with the families to make sure students have access to their education remotely while they are under quarantine.
Second, if a child is quarantined due to close contact, they are the only person in the home that must quarantine. For example, if a child was in close contact with the GHS positive individual, they must quarantine for the next 14 days. Their parents or siblings are not impacted by the quarantine and they can continue to attend school and work.
Third, if a quarantine is ordered by the health department, you should remain away from other members of the community during that 14 day period. Students and staff will not be permitted to attend school, practices, events, or be on school property during the quarantine period. We ask that you please follow this outside school as well. The quarantine does not just apply to school and school-sponsored events. Quarantined individuals should not be attending work, eating in restaurants, going into stores, or hanging out with their friends. The incubation period for COVID-19 is 2-14 days. We have been instructed by the health department that even if the quarantined individual receives a negative test early in the 14-day period he or she may not return to school or work. It is still possible to become positive with the virus later in the incubation period.
We are all responsible to do our part to keep our schools open and our activities available for our students. Our students and have done an excellent job of adhering to the social distancing guidelines in place in our buildings. The same must be true outside of our buildings. Please stay home when you are sick, even if you think it is just a cold or allergies. Remember to wear a mask, wash your hands, and maintain six feet distance.