The school year has yet to officially start and already COVID-19 is creating problems for the District.
On Sunday, Aug. 30, teachers and staff received two emails from Superintendent of Schools Jeff Solan informing them that one CPS administrator has come down with COVID-19 related symptoms, and another teacher has tested positive for the virus.
In the first email, obtained by The Herald, Solan indicated that no CPS staff member had tested positive but that “an administrator from the secondary schools... is experiencing symptoms and has been tested.” After a few hours, Solan sent another email updating the situation.
“I was again recently informed that we had an asymptomatic teacher test positive today,” Solan wrote. “As was the case with my last email, everyone who had close contact with that individual has been informed.”
Solan spoke with The Herald on Monday morning to clarify how the first day of school could be impacted.
“We have two situations here: One teacher who is asymptomatic and tested positive, and then we have one administrator who is exhibiting symptoms and has taken a test, which we haven’t gotten back yet,” he confirmed. “Both individuals in this case are going to self quarantine for the advised 14 days, and both individuals are able to work remotely from home.”
The protocol that CPS is following, according to Solan, is exactly what the Centers for Disease Control advises for this situation, as well as the Chesprocott Health District.
“In a weird way this is sort of a trial run for what would happen if an administrator or teacher tested positive during the year,” Solan explained. “It’s sort of a silver lining that we were able to test this protocol out beforehand and before we have students in the building”
According to Solan, these two cases will not impact the set start date for CPS schools, which remains to be Sept. 11.
“I totally understand why some parents and staff members would be concerned and have some anxiety about this news, but luckily this situation is being handled as expertly as it can,” said Solan.