A Castle administator has tested positive for Covid-19 less than a week before school starts for Warrick students.
Warrick County Schools Superintendent Brad Schneider wrote this message to parents Tuesday, August 4th.
"Good morning! I wanted to take a moment to give you an update on our preparations to begin the school year. We have hit a little bump in the road with one of our school administrators being diagnosed with COVID-19. The administrator is doing very well and has only experienced one mild symptom. We have followed the WCSC mitigation plan and have quarantined this administrator. Unfortunately, the two other administrators were deemed as close contacts and have been asked to quarantine as well for the recommended 14 days. No other office staff member has been affected by this situation. All of the CHS administrators are working from home making final preparations for the opening of school. We are right on track with this and will be able to open as planned. The Warrick County School Corporation will be sending a couple of administrators down to Castle for the first two days to help run the building while we are out. We plan to be back at full staff on Friday, August 14th. We are looking forward to seeing all of the students when we return!"
While schools are in session, students will be getting their temperature taken randomly and teachers are already rearranging their classrooms for optimum social distancing.
Schneider said he is relying on parents to help monitor their childrens' health.
"We've eliminated all attendance awards and incentives for this school year in hopes that parents will help us out on that standpoint,” Schneider said. “If their kid has any kind of symptoms at all, whether it’s a runny nose or a slight fever, please please keep the kid at home."
And while Warrick schools plans originally did not require students to wear masks -- the statewide mandate -- overriding that decision -- with students grades three or higher masking up.
"Hopefully parents are working with their kids getting them comfortable with wearing a mask because again if we’re going to successfully keep schools open, everyone is going to have to abide by the safety regulations we have in place."
Both Warrick and the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation have three different operating plans they can choose from depending on how the Coronavirus pandemic evolves.
"Green is we’re going to be in school -- children will be physically present,” Schneider said. “We’ll be teaching classes. Even as we’re in the green, we’re also offering parents the live streaming option if they don’t feel comfortable sending their kids to school."
While yellow is a hybrid of kids at school and at home and red means all distance learning from home.
And if a student tests positive for Covid-19, they will immediately be isolated.
"We'll be in contact with the local health department and start contract tracing,” Schneider said. "And then follow those guidelines to make sure we communicate with any person individual that the positive person was in close contact with."
Warrick County Schools are slated to open in person on August 12th. While students can also choose to learn virtually, they must also stick with the same option for the nine week grading period.