Posted Date: 10/02/2020
I wanted to take a moment to let you know that Easton USD 449 has confirmed our second positive case of COVID-19 since the start of school nearly a month ago. We are appreciative of the on-going cooperation that our community has shown in maintaining safety precautions that help our students to remain in school. We are currently working with the Leavenworth County Health Department and have compiled information so that the health department can determine which students and staff fit the definition of a “close contact.” As a reminder, a person is considered a close contact of a case if they were within 6 feet of the case for 10 minutes or more.
Upon receiving notification of a positive COVID-19 case, PR staff worked through the process of gathering important exposure information. That process includes several steps:
District staff secure classroom seating charts for impacted classrooms.
District staff also review classroom procedures and any special activities that may have led to additional exposures. This process is repeated for every classroom the positive case attended.
Once our staff has completed a list of close contacts, we check attendance for all close contacts for the days the positive individual was in school along with the close contacts.
PR staff submits this list of close contacts to the Leavenworth County Health Department, who then uses our close contact list to investigate which students or staff should be quarantined.
Easton USD 449 ensures all close contacts are notified and informed to not report to school and await a call from the health department about possible quarantine. Remember, the health department quarantines students or staff, not USD 449. The health department strives to make contact with close contacts within 24 hours of working with school districts.
I want to again thank our community for your assistance in keeping our students healthy and in school. This truly is a team effort!
Superintendent of Schools