Posey County Elementary Student Out Sick with COVID-19

The North Elementary child tested positive for coronavirus, but the school district wants to keep moving forward with in-school lessons.

Posted: Aug 20, 2020 11:38 PM
Updated: Aug 21, 2020 8:25 AM

Among the Hoosier COVID-19 count Thursday, a student in Posey County.

But those contaminated classrooms won't be emptied out. School officials are keeping students at their desks.

The superintendent announced an elementary school student in Poseyville is out sick, and
others are quarantined after contact tracing.

Staff at the Metropolitan School District of North Posey say this is something they anticipated, but now, it's become a reality:

A student at North Elementary School is positive for COVID-19.

Little more is known, including the grade of the student or how they got infected.

Also unclear, is how many kids overall have been impacted.

But one parent--who's also a teacher in Posey County--says she feels confident in the plans schools across the area have put into place.

"I don't think it's something you want to hear about, but I think we all need to keep the schools in our mind, and just keep ourselves aware that they're all doing the best they can to protect the students and their teachers. So, I think they're doing their job, but it's just kind of inevitable, and we'll handle it as it happens," said Whitney Martens.

North Elementary is disinfecting, thoughthe school won't be closing down.

North Posey leaders say they want to safely continue the education of their students, and they believe the best education is in person with a classroom teacher.

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