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Schools struggle as COVID-19 cases rise



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A letter dated Dec. 7, 2020, informed parents of the Sherman Avenue Elementary School and Warren Central Intermediate School that a school cafeteria worker had tested positive for COVID-19.

The letter states:

“Your student has NOT been directly exposed to this individual and the MS Department of Health has indicated there is a minimal chance the virus can be transferred through food consumption. However, in keeping with our promise to be totally transparent, we wanted you to be aware and to continue to monitor your child for any COVID-19 symptoms such as loss of taste or smell, fever, cough or any flu-like symptoms. If your child develops these symptoms, you should contact your healthcare provider for instructions.”

During Thanksgiving week, three cafeteria workers at Bovina Elementary School also tested positive for COVID-19, and parents received a similar letter.

Each of the schools in the district has COVID-19 guidelines and procedures tailored to their unique circumstances. All of the schools face challenges in social distancing, keeping masks on the students and making sure surfaces are sanitized routinely.

Last week, Nov. 30 through Dec. 4, the district reported 21 new cases of COVID-19 between teachers, staff and students, and 59 people quarantined. District numbers do not include those from the county’s private schools.

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