Student Tests Positive for Coronavirus on First Day Back to School

Eldis Sula
August 02, 2020 - 3:34 pm
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    At least one student and one school staff member in Indiana have tested positive for coronavirus, days after the state reopened schools.

    The student, who attends Greenfield-Central Junior High School, tested positive for the virus on the first day back, reports CBS News.

    Superintendent Harold Olin says his district was informed of the positive case by the Hancock County Health Department and that the student was only in school for part of the day on Thursday.

    Olin sent a note to parents by email notifying them of the diagnosis.

    According to Olin, his district will press on with reopenings as planned, although he admits surprise at how soon in the year the case occurred.

    "This really does not change our plans," Olin said of reopening schools. "We knew that we would have a positive case at some point in the fall. We simply did not think it would happen on Day One."

    At another Indiana school — Avon High School just west of Indianapolis — a staff member tested positive one day after students returned to class.

    Stacey Forcey-Moore, a spokesperson for the district, said they were notified about the case on Thursday, after students returned to class on Wednesday.

    It has not been indicated whether the staffer was a teacher.

    The district, Avon Community Schools, was one of the first districts in the state to close after a student tested positive for COVID-19 in March, and one of the first to reopen for classes this fall on Wednesday.

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