LOGAN — According to a JMC message sent out by the Logan-Magnolia School District, a secondary student has been has been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus.
The District is in the process of contact tracing and will let parents know if their child(ren) were exposed to this individual.
As always, the District will follow the guidelines as recommended by the Harrison County Department of Health.
Here is a note from the School District through another JMC message: Harrison County is experiencing a significant spike in COVID-19 virus cases. This is very concerning, but it is something that we anticipated since the first day of school.
Thus far the virus has been an annoyance in that we had a couple of staff members come down with it and numerous students and staff having to quarantine for periods of time.
Wearing masks has helped significantly. The governor’s announcement that if the person who has the virus is wearing a mask and anyone the infected person comes in contact is also wearing a mask, then only the person with the virus has to be quarantined is significant.
For example, if we did not wear a mask in school, and a student or teacher came down with the virus, any person who came within 6 feet of the person for 15 minutes would have to be quarantined. This would include bus transportation.
Obviously, we will continue wearing masks. We will also continue to take mask breaks outside and eat lunch outside as long as the weather cooperates.
In addition, we will continue to sanitize the school daily both by wiping down the desks after each class and having our maintenance staff sanitize the classrooms nightly.
The students' response thus far has been great. They realize that they have a lot to lose if our COVID numbers rise significantly. None of them want to go to remote learning.
Kids need to be in school. Remote learning is an alternative solution, one that no one wants to do. As a school, we will continue to do everything we can do to keep the virus at bay. However, we do need your help.
Once off campus, the exposure to the virus is not checked as is in school. This makes sense in that families are not as likely to wear masks at home.
However, the cases that we are experiencing are traced to off campus contacts. Usually, it is from a family member who contracts the virus at work, or at some social gatherings. I am not saying you need to have your family wear a mask at all times, I am just asking that you and your family be aware of when a mask should be worn and when it is not necessary.
As a school, we will notify you when a student or staff member contracts the virus. We will contact the parents of students who were in close contact with the affected person.
If you are not contacted you can assume that your child or children are not in danger of being infected. These are tough times but if we keep up our efforts we should be able to fight through.