WARSAW — On Wednesday, Aug. 19, Warsaw Community Schools staff were made aware of a COVID-19 positive student at Warsaw Community High School/Warsaw Area Career Center.
WCS has established COVID-19 protocols of notification regarding a positive test for the Warsaw School district.
The Kosciusko County Health Department made contact with families of students of close contact exposure (within six feet for 15 continuous minutes.) WCS Superintendent Dr. David Hoffert sent out an e-mail on Thursday, Aug. 20, to staff in all schools. In the future, only schools affected by the positive case will receive that notification. Troy Akers, WCHS principal; and Ronna Kawsky, WACC director, sent a letter to all WCHS/WACC parents by e-mail. In the future, only the affected school building principal will e-mail parents registered at their individual school. Parents who did not receive an e-mail from WCS today are asked to go into the Power School portal and update their e-mail contact information.
The letter e-mailed to parents reads as follows:
“A student at Warsaw Community High School has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The last time the infected person was in the school setting while contagious was Aug. 19. All families with students in close contact with the infected person have been notified by the Kosciusko County Health Department informing them to quarantine and not return to school for 14 days after the last exposure.”
“Close contact is defined as being within six feet of the infected person for 15 or more minutes. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 infection are cough, fever and shortness of breath; muscle aches, sore throat and fatigue are also common. Symptoms usually develop between two to 14 days after exposure. Some infected persons never develop symptoms.”
“As a reminder, always keep your child home if they are ill for any reason. Also, please remember that students who are awaiting test results are not allowed to attend school.”
WCS will continue to work with KCHD to determine what actions and notifications are necessary.
This announcement from Warsaw Schools comes a day after Wawasee Community Schools confirmed a COVID-19 case at Wawasee High School. Wawasee staff were notified of the student’s positive test result on Monday, Aug. 17; the student had not been in school on Monday.