Dr. Jeff Perry, Hamblen County school superintendent, confirmed Tuesday the school system has its first positive case of COVID-19 in the school district since students returned to school last week.
“We anticipated we would eventually have confirmed cases and have developed procedures to limit the spread of the virus,” Perry said in a statement. “It is important to keep our community and parents informed about the process we will use when a case is confirmed and our efforts to contain the virus.”
The confirmed positive case was a 7th grade student at Westview Middle School, according to the district website. The website also said a staff member at Witt Elementary School has also tested positive.
Those steps include:
• Ensuring the reported case is a confirmed positive. Perry said there is a number of misinformation and rumors regarding testing. The district will act on confirmed cases.
• If there is a confirmed case, the school district asks parents or guardians to notify the school.
• If someone in the home tests positive, the school system asks parents to keep their child at home for 14 days.
• A message will be sent out on School Messenger if there is a positive test in a school. It will only be for the particular school.
• Parents will be notified if their child sat within six feet of any student or staff member that tested positive. Those children will need to quarantine for 14 days.
• Any parent who has more than one child will be asked that all of their children stay home for the 14-day quarantine period.
• The school system will post a daily update on the Hamblen County Department of Education website that will be updated around 2:30 p.m. each day with case counts.
• Any students in quarantine will not be allowed on school campus.
• The school system asks that parents consider family dynamics if the child is enrolled in high school and college. Perry said many colleges have increased positive tests and some positive tests within the school district have been linked to colleges.