PARKE COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Southwest Parke Community School Corporation announced school will dismiss at 1 p.m. Tuesday and will move to e-learning through the end of next week due to COVID-19 cases and suspected cases within the school corporation.
“We are working with our local health department and neighboring health departments to ensure that contract tracing can be accomplished,” the school corporation wrote on its Facebook Page. “During this schedule change, I encourage you to keep practicing social distancing, keep washing your hands, and keep wearing masks in order to reduce possible spread of the virus. Please know our number one priority is the health and safety of our students. We will continue to monitor this situation and provide you with updates on a regular basis.”
Staff returned to work last Thursday. According to the school corporation, masks were required and social distancing was encouraged.
The first day of school for students was Monday.
The school corporation released this timeline of events:
On Sunday, August 9, 2020, two staff members at Riverton Parke presented with symptoms (fever, chills, aches, etc.) and sought testing for COVID. The same day, they notified the corporation and were placed on quarantine.
On Sunday, August 9, 2020, a student at Riverton Parke presented with symptoms. The same day, the parent notified the school corporation and indicated testing would occur on Monday, August 10, 2020. The student and the student’s family were placed on quarantine.
As of Tuesday morning, the school was notified of positive test results on those under quarantine. The school corporation contacted the local health department.
The local health department identified other individuals within the school who should be quarantined due to potential close contact. Those individuals were immediately notified and themselves quarantined.
In each of these cases, symptoms presented on Sunday, August 9, 2020, and those involved contacted the school immediately.
The plan is for students to return to in-person learning Aug. 24