MUSCATINE, Iowa–Muscatine Community School District confirmed a positive COVID-19 case in one of their staff members at Susan Clark Junior High School. In a message to other Susan Clark staff members and families, it stated that the staff member had most likely not come into close enough contact with anyone to transmit the infection and that classes would continue their regular schedule Monday, after the part of the school the staff member works in receives a deep cleaning this weekend.
The complete message follows below:
Dear Susan Clark Junior High Muskies:
Today, we received notification that a Susan Clark Junior High staff member of a self-contained area has tested positive for COVID-19. While we must protect the privacy of the person involved, we believe it is best to communicate transparently with you.
Because the staff member and students were all wearing face coverings, the Muscatine County Public Health Department, in consultation with state epidemiologists, has concluded there is little risk to other staff or students, thus, there will be no need to quarantine individuals. All classes will resume on Monday as usual. Susan Clark’s school nurse has also been in contact with student families who may have been in the exposed area.
Susan Clark Junior High custodial staff will be deep cleaning the area this weekend. We will also continue to follow all COVID-related safety procedures including requiring masks if social distancing cannot be maintained, extra precautions such as cleaning and sanitizing high touch areas, and stressing the importance of thorough hand washing.
As a reminder, COVID-19 is transmitted through person-to-person contact and through the exchange of respiratory droplets. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you or any member of your family exhibit these symptoms, please contact your medical provider for advice immediately. Symptoms usually appear 2-14 days after exposure.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following best practices to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve.
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
- Stay at home when you are sick.
- Practice social distancing, leaving at least six feet between you and other people.
- Wear a cloth mask in public when you cannot social distance.
Our greatest priority is the safety of our students, staff and community members. It is important to remember that children are greatly influenced by the reactions of adults when facing difficult circumstances. I encourage everyone to remain calm and to be empathic and respectful to those affected.
We are grateful for the opportunity to serve you and your family, especially as we face this challenging situation together. We continue to ask for your support of Susan Clark Muskies and the Muscatine Community School District by stressing the importance of the COVID-19 mitigation procedures in place so that we may keep our students and staff safe. We are all in this together.