Several Muscatine High School staff members quarantined

MUSCATINE, Iowa-Muscatine Community School District officials confirmed that a Muscatine High School staff member tested positive for COVID-19 this weekend. Contact tracing indicated the individual did not contract COVID-19 while at school. Prior to testing positive, the individual participated in a meeting with other high school staff where participants sat at least six feet apart and had the option to remove their masks. Public health recommended that the other participants in the meeting quarantine for 14 days. The District has made arrangements to allow these staff members to continue their work remotely. The District’s full letter to families and staff follows below:

Muscatine High School was notified by Muscatine County Public Health that a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. This positive individual was extremely diligent about wearing their face covering and practicing social distancing while instructing their class. However, during a meeting, face coverings were removed because group members were seated six feet apart. Muscatine County Public Health consulted with the Iowa Department of Public Health and was advised that the staff members that were in the room should be quarantined for fourteen days. 

No students will be quarantined that were connected to this positive individual. Per the contact tracing completed by Muscatine County Public Health, this most recent positive case was not contracted from inside Muscatine High School. 

All classes will continue as usual, school will remain in-person. Students with teachers that have been impacted will follow their schedule as usual. Accommodations have been made to ensure teachers are able to connect and lead their class virtually. 

The decision to go strictly virtual would only happen if the Muscatine County positivity rate exceeds 15%, if absenteeism hits 10%, and if permission is granted from the Department of Education. To learn more, click here to monitor the Muscatine County Positive COVID chart via our Return to Learn website. 

Precautions have been taken for these individuals to ensure the safety of the school and district. In addition, we have consulted with the Muscatine County Public Health Department to ensure that this is the safest route in managing this specific case and managing the spread of this communicable disease. 

Terry Hogenson, Principal 

Clint Christopher, Superintendent