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Team, class quarantined at District 32
A sports team and a classroom have been quarantined at Perry County School District 32 after several individuals tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. All affected individuals have been notified.
Perry County Health Department conducted the investigations, with the assistance of district personnel.
The entire junior varsity football team was quarantined after 5 individuals received positive test results between Oct. 21 and this morning. Affected individuals may return to class on Nov. 6 unless they develop symptoms or test positive for the virus.
A classroom at Perryville Elementary School has also been quarantined after an individual tested positive, and two individuals are awaiting test results. Those individuals have differing dates to return to class, depending on their last exposure to a positive individual. All affected individuals have been notified.
To date, 58 individuals who work or go to school at District 32 have been identified as positive for COVID-19 and 233 close contacts have been reported.
Of those, 8 are currently isolated as positives and 81 are currently quarantined as close contacts. Several individuals are awaiting test results.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
• Fever or chills
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Muscle or body aches
• New loss of taste or smell
• Sore throat
• Congestion or runny nose
• Nausea or vomiting
“It’s very important that anyone who is sick stay home from school,” said PHS Nurse Stefany Layton, RN. We practice cohorting in our lower grades and physical distancing in upper grades, to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Our goal is to keep our children and staff healthy and in school.
“I encourage parents to continue to stress the importance of physical distancing, masking and frequent hand-washing with their children,” Nurse Layton said. It will help us stay healthier as a school family during the cold and flu season, as well as combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Individuals who are experiencing symptoms, should call their medical provider and seek testing. The Health Department does not provide testing for COVID-19. Residents are also encouraged to call the Perry County Health Department at 573-547-6564 if they have any questions or concerns. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services also has a COVID hotline available at 1-877-435-8411.
Perryville Buchheit donates device sanitizing supplies
Perryville Buchheit is helping Perry County School District 32 keep our schools safe during the pandemic. The company donated over $2,800 of disinfectants for technology devices, which will be used in all five school buildings. Sara Guelthe of Buchheit Inc. (center) presented the donation to District 32 Technology staff Micah Ellison (left) and Emilee Allen. The donation included 529 containers of Blow Off Electronic Cleaning Wipes, 792 packs of Blow Off Electronic Wipes, 96 cans of Isopropyl Alcohol Electronic Grade, and 110 packs of Blow Off Screen Cleaning Kits. “We could not be more grateful to Perryville Buchheit for helping us keep our students staff,” said Dan Querry, director of Technology at District 32. “It’s been a monumental task to ensure that our devices are clean and safe for the children and teachers who use them. This donation makes that job much easier.”view image
ADK donates health office supplies
Alpha Delta Kappa, a sorority of active and retired teachers, recently donated first-aid and hygiene supplies to Perry County School District 32 health offices.
"The Beta Lambda chapter in Perryville donated these much-needed supplies to the District 32 nurses to show their appreciation for us," said PHS Nurse Stefany Layton. "Such a great act of kindness sheds light during these trying times. We're grateful to ADK for their thoughtfulness."view image
District 32 staff designated as “essential workers”
Close contacts to COVID-positive people can come to work with conditions
Teachers and school staff who are identified as close contacts to a COVID-19-positive individual may now come to work under certain conditions.
All District 32 employees were designated as “essential workers” during the special Sept. 16 meeting of the Board of Education.
“On Aug. 18, teachers and school staff were added to the federal-level list of people who can be considered ‘essential critical infrastructure workers,’ said Superintendent Andy Comstock. “Since then, we have found that the state and county will not be issuing orders about essential workers but will defer to local entities to make that designation.
“We have worked closely with Perry County Health Department to ensure that we are adhering to the CDC recommendations for essential workers to keep everyone safe on our campus. The health department will continue to notify us of positive and close contact individuals and provide us with information about isolation or quarantine.”
The board’s action means that District 32 employees who are identified as close contacts after being exposed to COVID-19 WILL be allowed to work on campus in their normal duties if:
• They have no symptoms
• They are not household or physical close contacts
• They wear a 2-ply mask at all times while on campus for 14 days after their last known exposure to COVID-19
• They strictly adhere to physical distancing requirements at all times while on campus for 14 days after their last known exposure to COVID-19
Close contacts who may NOT work on campus are those who:
• Have symptoms of COVID-19
• Have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results
• Live with someone who is positive with COVID-19
• Have had physical contact with someone who is positive with COVID-19
Other staff members, students and parents/caregivers will not be notified when an essential worker has been identified as a close contact, with the exception of the district’s COVID coordinator, the HR coordinator, and the appropriate school nurse.
“Per the health department’s guidance, all staff are performing daily health screenings before reporting to work, including taking their temperatures,” Mr. Comstock said. “An additional health screening will be performed mid-day for close contact staff members. Any staff member who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day are sent home.
“This designation by our board will help us reduce the chance that a classroom or building may have to close due to COVID staff absences,” he said. “Our ultimate goal is to keep kids in school, while ensuring the health and safety of staff and students.”
Close contact staff members will not be required to report to work. They may choose to telework if that is possible, or use leave.