ROCK SPRINGS — Sweetwater School District No. 1 (SCSD No. 1) is reporting 24 students and 28 employees have tested positive for the COVID-19 Coronavirus between November 14-22.
According to to a release sent on the ParentSquare app from Sweetwater County Superintendent Kelly McGovern and Human Resources Manager Nicole Bolton, SCSD No. 1 had the following positive cases in the District Since Saturday November 14, through Sunday November 22, 2020:
- 8 students and 6 staff members at Rock Springs High School
- 3 staff members with the Transportation Department
- 1 student and 3 staff member at Walnut Elementary
- 1 student and 1 staff member at Pilot Butte Elementary
- 2 students and 3 staff members at Eastside Elementary
- 4 District staff members, 4 staff members at the Central Administration Building
- 4 students and 1 staff member at Rock Springs Junior High
- 3 students and 1 staff member at Northpark Elementary
- 1 staff member at Overland Elementary
- 1 student and 1 staff member at Farson-Eden
- 2 students at Sage Elementary, and 2 students at Stagecoach Elementary
- This comes to 28 staff members and 24 students who were reported positive.
So far the positive individuals have not been traced to exposure at school.
“Currently, we have 77 total staff members throughout the District that are out for various COVID-19 related reasons from this past week,” the release states. “This includes staff getting quarantined, having to stay home due to daycares shutting down, currently being tested, or testing positive. The community spread and positivity rate within the community continues to impact SCSD No. 1.”
District nurses continue to work closely with Public Health and are the designee in sending out quarantine papers and information to District staff and students who are considered close contacts.
A close contact can occur due to a student or staff member not wearing a mask properly (both students and staff have to be wearing a mask properly), a situation where a shield had to be used, or no mask worn at all (such as students leaving for lunch at the High School level or while participating in a sporting event) when within 6 feet of another individual for a cumulative time of 15 minutes over a 24 hour period. The District monitors and corrects individuals not wearing masks properly as that can cause others to be quarantined.
“We ask that everyone please practice preventative measures such as good hand washing, practicing social distancing, when social distancing can not occur, wear a mask, and avoiding gatherings,” the release states. “It is up to everyone in our community to do their part in order to keep our schools open.”
Have a safe and healthy Thanksgiving break and please take extra precautions during the holidays to keep yourself and loved ones safe.