An individual at Smith Middle School has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a Monday email.
“We were notified recently that a person on your student’s campus received a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19,” according to an email from Smith Principal Amber White to parents and guardians. “In keeping with Cleburne ISD practices to respond to COVID-19, we are notifying all campus parents and guardians.”
Because of district privacy requirements, neither the person’s name nor any details that could identify him or her have been released.
“Cleburne ISD reports a total of 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19 involving six adults and four students since face-to-face instruction began Aug. 31,” CISD Community Relations Director Lisa Magers said Tuesday.
The district follows several procedures after learning of confirmed cases, Magers said.
“Normal procedures are, when a confirmed case is reported, that parents and guardians of all students on a campus are notified through Skyward Family emails. This letter informs parents that a positive case has been reported on their child’s campus and encourages parents to monitor their child for COVID-19 symptoms. Campus staff also receive a letter with the same information.”
CISD encourages parents to monitor their children for signs of symptoms indicating possible COVID-19 infection including:
• Temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher when taken by mouth.
• Sore throat.
• New uncontrolled cough that cause difficulty breathing. Or, for people with a chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline.
• Diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain.
• New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever.
Parents of students displaying such symptoms are encouraged to take their child to the doctor and, should the child test positive, report the matter to their school’s principal.
Magers said that school districts are required to inform the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Texas Education Agency of any confirmed cases reported to them.
“Our school district continues to make the health and safety of all students and staff our highest priority,” CISD Superintendent Kyle Heath said. “We are very pleased to have our students back at school where we are continuing to follow suggested COVID-19 protocols.”
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