Lake Schools Community Letter

Dear Lake Community:

 

In the last couple of weeks we have had to put some students and staff members in isolation and quarantine. Those cases have brought about more questions from parents and community members and the question that has been asked most frequently is, “how can a student who tests positive for COVID-19 be back to school before those students who have had close contact with that person?” 

 

According to the Wood County Health Department’s document dated August 19, 2020 a person who thinks or knows he or she had COVID is to:

“Stay home. Talk to your health care provider about whether you should get tested and how. You can be with others after: at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and symptoms have improved.”

 

The same document states, in reference to someone who had close contact with someone who has tested positive:

If “the contact was within the 2 days before the person’s symptoms started or anytime during their isolation,” then “stay home 14 days after the last exposure and maintain social distance from others at all times.” 

 

Close contact is defined as:

  • “You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more. You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID – 19. You had direct physical contact with the person, such as hugging or kissing. You shared eating or drinking utensils. The person sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you. NOTE: This applies regardless of whether the state person with COVID – 19 or the contact was wearing a mask or whether the contact was wearing respiratory personal protective equipment (PPE).”

 

  • As we have stated before, our district has and will continue to listen to the Wood County Health Department’s advice. The people who work in that agency are public health experts and we, as educators, are not going to deviate from what they tell us to do in terms of isolation and quarantine measures. Please continue to be patient and flexible with our employees especially if they notify you that your child has to be quarantined in. They are only the messengers and are following the health department’s protocols. 

 

Thank you! 

 

Jim