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Chilton ISD postpones start of in-person classes after employee, student-athlete show symptoms of COVID-19

Posted at 4:39 PM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 17:39:27-04

CHILTON, TX — Chilton ISD has postponed the start of in-person classes for one week after an employee and student-athlete within the same residence exhibited symptoms of COVID-19.

Superintendent Brandon Hubbard said the district was notified of the situation Sunday, August 16. At that time, the administrated established procedures in response to an employee or student showing symptoms.

On Monday, August 17, the district was notified that the symptoms had increased for the employee and that the student-athlete tested positive via rapid testing.

Even though no other employees or students are exhibiting symptoms at this time and the two patients are within the same household, the district is taking the following actions:

  • The district will close all buildings for deep sanitation and cleaning for 72 hours. All teachers, paraprofessionals and administration are asked to work from home for the next 72 hours.
  • Student-athletes and employees directly impacted by the situation have been notified.
  • The district will continue with the COVID-19 Testing Clinic in the gymnasium on Friday, August 21
  • The start of in-person instruction has been postponed until after the clinic and all results are back.
  • All girls athletic events have been canceled through Friday, August 21

The district has posted the following tentative schedule

  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020 thru Thursday, August 20, 2020: District Facilities closed for Deep Sanitation and Administrative Contact Tracing
  • Friday, August 21, 2020: Chilton ISD Community COVID Clinic. The Mandatory meeting for virtual students will be postponed until the following Friday.
  • Monday, August 24, 2020: COVID Testing Results arrive within the portal (School start date will be postponed)
  • Tuesday, August 25, 2020 thru Friday, August 28, 2020: Staff development resumes
  • Thursday, August 27, 2020: Open House Event. We will use the same schedule as posted for Thursday, August 20, 2020.
  • Monday, August 31, 2020: School starts In-Person or Virtually for Chilton ISD

Hubbard says no other employees or student-athletes are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms at this time.

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