COVID-19 reported at Goddard school

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By Travis Mounts, TSnews

A case of COVID-19 has been reported at Eisenhower Middle School.

An email sent to reports said that Goddard Public Schools were notified on Tuesday, Sept. 8, that a student at Eisenhower Middle School had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19. The email said that is is the school's practice to notify all parents when a positive case is confirmed.

“Individuals determined to be a close contact will be notified if they need to be quarantined. If you do not receive a notification from the Sedgwick County Health Department, you are not being asked to quarantine at this time, nor does anyone in your household need to quarantine,” the email read.

The email stated that the individual who tested positive will not be allowed to return to classes for at least 10 days or until that person is clear of symptoms for at least 72 hours, whichever is longer.

Class schedules and building operations will continue, the email said.

According to the district, all people who are identified as close contacts are being contacted. The Sedgwick County Health Department is working with school officials on how to proceed. All areas that the individual used are being cleaned and disinfected.

This is the third school in the TSnews coverage area to report positive cases among students or staff.

Cheney Middle School reported two positive cases in students and another in a staff member. The football team ceased all activities for two weeks and cancelled two regular games plus a B-team game. Seventeen students were directed to quarantine.

Argonia Elementary School postponed the start of classes for eight days last month after several teachers were directed to quarantine.

In an unrelated event, Sedgwick County reported a COVID-19 cluster at Dove Estates-Memory Care in Goddard, one of four clusters reported on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at long-term care facilities in the county.
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