Susan Clark Junior High School student quarantined

MUSCATINE, Iowa–Muscatine Community School District officials shared that an asymptomatic student at Susan Clark Junior High School will quarantine after family members tested positive for COVID-19. At this time, district officials says social distancing and mask wearing policies at the school will allow classes to continue as normal. Case investigation done on the student shows no link between that case and a case in a staff member announced Saturday.

Their full statement to the community follows below”

We have received notification from Muscatine County Public Health that a student at Susan Clark Junior High is considered positive due to being exposed to family member(s) who have contracted COVID-19. The student has not shown any symptoms but is assumed positive based on close contact with the positive individuals. As a precaution, Muscatine County Public Health has advised us to inform you that students at Susan Clark Junior High may have been in the same vicinity of the exposed student. The student is currently being quarantined.

Because the students and staff were masked and social distancing was followed, Muscatine County Public Health has determined that there is no need to isolate/quarantine other students or staff. In working with Muscatine County Public Health, contact tracing has indicated that this incident is unrelated to the previous COVID-positive case at Susan Clark Junior High.

We will also continue to follow all COVID-related safety procedures including requiring masks if social distancing cannot be maintained. Our custodial staff will continue to deep clean and sanitize classrooms and high touch areas each evening. We will also continue 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. For a complete list of symptoms you may visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.


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 empathetic 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 Junior High 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.


Sincerely,

Chris Nienhaus
SCJH Principal


Jennifer Fridley
SCJH Assistant Principal


Clint Christopher
Superintendent