Today, we were notified that a staff member in the Summit Elementary / Middle School Program has tested positive for COVID-19. This staff member was asymptomatic and was in school yesterday when she was notified that she was a close contact to someone outside of school. Immediately upon receiving notification, the staff member left school to be tested and quarantine for 14 days.
Our administration is in contact with the Walpole DPH and is taking the steps necessary to protect the health of our staff and students. In addition we are following all state guidelines and protocols for a positive case.
Out of an abundance of caution and given the number of staff and administrators who may be close contacts, we have shifted all programs at Summit to remote learning for the next 14 days (October 5-October 15, 2020). All Summit students will resume in person learning on Friday, October 16, 2020. The individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 will not be allowed to return to school for at least 10 days and is asymptomatic. Close Contacts are in the process of being traced, will be notified by a public health agent and will not return to school until they have quarantined for 14 days and are asymptomatic.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the regular seasonal influenza and include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. Some have reported additional symptoms, such as a new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, muscle or body aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and headache, fatigue, and runny nose when in combination with other symptoms.
Individuals who need medical care should call their medical providers to report their illness prior to seeking care at a clinic, physician’s office, or hospital. Staff exhibiting flu-like symptoms are asked to contact a school nurse, your medical provider, local health authorities, or the MA Department of Health.
We are closely monitoring this situation and will provide you with updates, as we know more. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. For the most up to date information regarding Bi-County’s Remote Learning and COVID-19, please refer to www.bicounty.org. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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