During the pandemic, it is crucial for families to communicate with the schools when their student tests positive for COVID-19 and/or is quarantined by the health department because of a close contact with a positive case. The quicker the parent notifies the school about a positive case the quicker the school can begin contact tracing to mitigate the spread of the disease. The local health department collects contact tracing information from the schools, and it is the health department who will determine if any close contacts need to be quarantined. Quarantines are going to happen despite the mitigations we have set in place. As a district, we feel it is better to quarantine a possible close contact than not quarantine and risk additional spread of the disease.
If your student tests positive for COVID-19, please immediately report it to the school principal. Many parents may not be aware of a Kentucky law in place since 2007 that requires parents to report to their child’s school if their student has a communicable disease that could place other students and school staff at risk for infection. While usually that involves things like chicken pox, state public health regulations have been updated to include COVID-19 as one of those communicable diseases.
Notification that a student tests positive is important so that we can take reasonable steps to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading among students. If you are waiting on COVID-19 test results for your student, please do not send them to school until you receive the results.
Yesterday our district received additional guidance from the Lake Cumberland District Health Department and the Kentucky Department of Education on protocols that schools should have in place to avoid whole classrooms from being quarantined. Our district is reviewing this new guidance and will make any changes we need to meet this guidance.