LETTS, Iowa–Today, Louisa-Muscatine Community School District Superintendent Mike Van Sickle that a staff member working at Louisa-Muscatine Junior-Senior High School tested positive for COVID-19. The letter he sent to staff and families indicated that those in contact with the individual would receive instructions for quarantining. It did not state whether or not a connection exists between the staff member’s case and a previous COVID-19 case in a junior-senior high school student. The full text of the letter follows below:
Today, I write to make you aware that the Louisa-Muscatine Community School District recently confirmed that a staff member 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 procedures. If you do not receive a sperate communication, they 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 an increased awareness and could respond accordingly. Upon the advice of local pubic 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 lost of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and any other symptoms identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) set out at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/sympstoms.htm.
We want to assure our school community that the safety and well-being 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.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Mike Van Sickle at (319)726-3541.
Mike Van Sickle, Superintendent
Louisa-Muscatine Community School District