The Kenton City School district is committed to providing the best education possible in a safe and healthy environment for all of our students and staff. As we begin face-to-face school based instruction we expect there will be instances of respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses and possibly some positive cases of COVID-19. We want to share our communication plan in advance so our school community knows what to expect should we have a positive case of COVID-19 in our district.
In the event of a positive case of COVID-19, only students who have been in close contact with the student or staff member that tests positive will be notified. Close contact is currently defined by the CDC as less than six feet for more than fifteen minutes. These students/families will be contacted by their school and referred to the Hardin County Health Department. The Hardin County Health Department will contact these families for more information, and the health department will make the decision as to whether or not a person must be quarantined. If the person is determined to have had close contact with someone who has tested positive, the health department will provide a letter stating that your child will be quarantined following their exposure to the virus. Families with no connection to the matter, or determined to not have been in close contact with the positive case, will not receive a letter or notification from the Hardin County Health Department.
Students/Families who did not have direct contact, but who are in the same class, will however be notified through Parent Square that there is a positive case and what general safety precautions should be taken. All families of the district will receive a general notification when there is a positive case through Parent Square. Remember only students who were found to be in close contact will receive a phone call by the school and referred to the health department. If you do not receive a phone call from the school or health department, it was determined that your child did not have close contact. We will not make calls or send letters for every incident involving students or staff that demonstrate any number of respiratory and/or gastrointestinal illness symptoms that lead to being excluded from school. This is no different than what we have done in the past. Our district COVID stats will also be posted on the district COVID web page.
As the district continues to provide in-person instruction, we ask our parents to help us by committing to the following actions:
- Keep children home if they are sick. Please include their symptoms when you call in their absence.
- Keep children at home and inform the school if someone in the home tests positive for COVID-19.
- Keep children at home if they are waiting on COVID-19 test results for any reason.
- Report positive test results to the school immediately.
Thank you for working with us through these challenging times. Our goal is to keep our buildings open for our children. In order to do this, we need everyone’s help and support. Should you have any questions about the COVID-19 communication plan or how to register for Parent Square, please contact your building principal.