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Mater Dei HS Warns Parents and Students of Postive COVID-19 Cases

An email and letter sent home with parents warn of a possible exposure within the high school community.

Posted: Aug 11, 2020 10:07 PM
Updated: Aug 12, 2020 10:44 AM

"We are seeing positive cases within all school systems here in Vanderburgh County from the Pre-School level to the High School level, even the college level here," says Lynn Herr with the Vanderburgh County Health Department.

As COVID-19 cases spike among school age children in the Tri-State students who are set to return to the classroom this year say they don't know what to expect with all the new changes.

"I start school on Wednesday, masks are required, I heard about other students at other schools testing positive for COVID-19 it makes me nervous," says an Evansville student who we will not identify.

Monday, Mater Dei High School canceled their scrimmage Friday night against Reitz High School. This comes as the Diocese of Evansville revealed that a staff member and two students tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend.

Parents tell 44News the school system is requiring the football team and coaching staff to self-quarantine through Aug. 20.

44News obtained an email from a parent that was addressed from the school. In that email, the staff member stated that children could have been exposed to someone with a positive COVID-19 test during a school function Saturday.

The email reveals that two student-athletes were positive for the virus, adding the players were asymptomatic.

"Some schools have already started, others haven't what are we suppose to do leave our children in a bubble even though my children aren't in completive sports it's still concerning," says Evansville parent Kelsie Hicks.

The Diocese of Evansville says that every parent within the Mater Dei community was notified around 8:00 p.m. Sunday night that their child could have been exposed to COVID-19.

"One of the things we want the public to understand is if your child is exposed to a positive case, they should stay at home, we don't want them in school exposing other children," says Registered Nurse Lynn Herr with the Vanderburgh County Health Department.

School officials say a third student within the Dioceses tested positive Monday, though it's unclear where that student attends school.

Despite the recent positive coronavirus cases classes within the Evansville Dioceses resumed Monday.

School leaders say they are taking an abundance of caution.

"Even though there is a spike in cases nationwide and here in the Tri-State I have to send my children to school so I can go to work," says Hicks.

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