Student, staff at three districts have COVID-19

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By Travis MountsTSnews

Three local school districts are dealing with cases of COVID-19.The cases include a student in Goddard, a teacher in USD 264 Clearwater, and a staff member in Conway Springs.An email to patrons said a student at Eisenhower Middle School in Goddard tested positive. That notice came out on the first day of school for Goddard Public Schools.“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.In Clearwater, a teacher tested positive but the only close contact reported was one other staff member who is in quarantine, according to superintendent Chris Cooper.A Sept. 15 email from USD 356 Conway Springs superintendent Clay Murphy said the district learned Tuesday morning that a staff member was positive and is under quarantine.“The fact that masks are required is a big help. They (Sumner County Health Department) also reiterated that pushing everyone to wash hands and not touch their face is another major factor,” Murphy wrote.County health officials are responsible for notifying those who are considered close contacts, not the school district. Schools work with health officials to determine who those contacts may be.Cheney Middle School reported two positive cases in students and another in a staff member. Argonia Elementary School postponed the start of classes for eight days last month after several teachers were directed to quarantine.Local districts have seen changes to their sports schedules as other districts have dealt with positive COVID-19 cases.
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