Centerville schools reopening Tuesday; more quarantining after positive case confirmed at CHS

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Students enter Centerville Senior High School on the first day of classes in August 2020. DAJO Photos file photo

Centerville-Abington Community School Corporation will resume in-class instruction Tuesday, Aug. 11, but some students and teachers will be quarantining for 14 days.

Contract tracing is being finalized for those who were around a COVID-positive high school student and three presumptive positive young students, according to a Monday afternoon statement from Superintendent Mike McCoy.

Wayne County Health Department notified the district it has one student in the high school who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been quarantined. McCoy said school nurses are assisting with tracing the CHS student’s close contacts. Parents will be contacted by the school and/or the Wayne County Health Department if their children are to quarantine for 14 days.

The school district also is finalizing contact tracing for students in Rose Hamilton Elementary School. The district currently has three students who were in the building and have symptoms the medical professionals feel needed to be considered positive cases. Because of this, CACS has been directed to have some students and teachers quarantine for the required 14 days.

“Unfortunately, contact tracing and quarantining individuals will be common place with the restrictions being placed on the schools,” McCoy said. “However, the CACS staff and administration realize the benefits of having students in the classroom.”

Students who are not under quarantine or on alternative learning plan are to report Aug. 11.

“We will continue to do everything in our power to ensure that the school is a safe place for students and staff,” McCoy said. “The staff will work with those students who are under quarantine, but we also understand that with increasing numbers, this will be more difficult. We will continue working with the staff on meeting their needs and the needs of our students. We are aware that this is a very difficult situation for everyone and we strive to do what is best for all people involved. There is not a perfect situation with this pandemic, but we will work diligently to improve and offer the best educational opportunities for all of our students. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to address this ever-changing situation.”

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