Louisa-Muscatine School District reports first COVID-19 case

LETTS, Iowa–On Sept. 15 in a communication to families and employees, Louisa-Muscatine Superintendent Mike Van Sickle confirmed that one student tested positive for COVID-19. The message indicated those in close contact with the student would receive additional directions for how to quarantine. The message did not state any changes to school schedules or activities would result from the positive case. The communication follows below in full:

As we all navigate the ever-changing dynamic of the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to be presented with new challenges and the need to respond and adapt to overcome these challenges. I am continuously impressed with the actions of our students, our staff, and our school community during this time.

Today, I write to make you aware that the Louisa-Muscatine Community School District recently confirmed that a student at the Jr/Sr High School tested positive for COVID-19. The District has been working closely with local public health officials to assist with any contact tracing. Any individuals who have been identified as having “close contact” (as defined by local and state public health officials) with the individual who tested positive will receive a separate communication regarding necessary procedures. If you do not receive a separate communication, then you have not been identified as having “close contact” with the individual.

You are receiving this communication because we wanted to be upfront and make you aware of the situation immediately so you had increased awareness and could respond accordingly. Upon the advice of local public health officials, we ask that parents/guardians continue to monitor their student’s health; that employees continue to monitor their own health; and that every individual remain home if they exhibit any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, including fever/chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and other symptoms identified by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) set out at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.

We want to assure our school community that the safety and well-veing of our students and staff is our top priority. We will continue to be diligent in following the latest guidance from local, state, and federal public health agencies to keep our community as safe as possible. We thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Thank you,

Mike Van Sickle, Superintendent

Louisa-Muscatine Community School District

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Louisa-Muscatine Schools is located along the Mississippi River south of Muscatine, Iowa. Our school name comes from being part of Louisa and Muscatine counties. Included in our district are the communities of Grandview, Letts, Fruitland, Cranston, and Muscatine. With this population base, our school district has approximately 1,100 students. Information about the city of Muscatine can be found by clicking here. The Louisa-Muscatine district encompasses a harmonious blend of farm land, industry, business and growing residential areas. Although located in a tranquil, rural setting, we have quick access to many cultural centers and events in neighboring cities such as Iowa City, Davenport-Rock Island, Muscatine, Chicago, St. Louis, and Cedar Rapids. With our close location to larger cities and closeness to the recreational aspects of the Mississippi, Iowa and Cedar Rivers, our growing rural community benefits from its location, its resources, and its common-sense people.