September 25, 2020
We were informed late this afternoon that an Alternative Learning Center student tested positive for COVID-19. We have contacted the Orange County Department of Health (OCDOH) and they have advised us that they will identify and contact the parents/guardians of all students and staff that they determine are probable “close contacts” in the classroom/school building or on the school bus. The Orange County Department of Health will make the final determination as to who is a close contact and will inform those that need to quarantine. We are working cooperatively with the OCDOH to provide them with contact information for those who may have been exposed.
We are confident that the protocols that we have put in place in our schools including social distancing, the requirement for wearing a mask throughout the day, and cleaning and sanitizing practices will help minimize the spread of this virus to others.
Parents/guardians must also do their part by checking their child’s temperature each morning and checking for any symptoms of COVID-19. Anyone with a fever of 100 degrees or more, or any symptom of COVID-19 must remain home, and parents/guardians should contact their health care provider and school nurse for further procedures/protocols.
We thank the student’s parents/guardians for following these protocols and contacting us immediately so that we could begin our work of informing affected families. I know you join us in wishing the student a speedy and complete recovery.
We will continue to keep our school community informed regarding how this virus is impacting our schools. Our priority is to inform the Orange County Department of Health and those families and staff that may have been exposed first. Please do not rely on social media commentary for information and contact the district or your school if you have questions.
~ John P. Xanthis