On Aug. 16, Howe Avenue staff learned that a student or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with our response protocols as well as local and state guidance, the affected individuals will quarantine. Contact tracing has been completed and those identified as potentially being exposed to the individual have already been notified directly.
In the future, only those who are directly impacted by a positive case will be notified and positive cases will be posted to our school website and the district’s COVID-19 dashboard.
As you are aware, we have put in place several strategies to reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 spread including the use of face coverings, enhanced cleaning of common touchpoints, encouraging frequent hand washing, attempting to maintain physical distance between individuals and minimizing the number of students or staff members who interact with each other. While these efforts greatly reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19 they cannot eliminate the possibility.
It is important that we each continue to monitor for symptoms of illness. Students and staff should not come to school or go to work if exhibiting any symptoms and should report being ill to the school. This is also an opportunity to remind each other of the importance of frequent hand washing, covering sneezes and coughs, wearing a face covering and maintaining as much distance between individuals as possible.
The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. The students and staff impacted by this COVID-19 case will not be allowed to return until completing the required quarantine protocols. We will continue to monitor the situation and share any additional information as it becomes available.