Parents concerned after Madison County School employee tests positive for coronavirus

The patient is a teacher at Endeavor Elementary School, and she tested positive Tuesday evening.

Posted: Mar 25, 2020 12:11 PM
Updated: Mar 25, 2020 10:42 PM

Students at Endeavor Elementary School in Madison County may have been exposed to coronavirus, after a teacher at the school tested positive on Tuesday.

Madison County Schools officials said in a letter sent to parents this morning, that they do not know when the teacher contracted the virus. The letter said students in the teacher's class have been notified.

The district is saying the last known contact the teacher had with anyone in the district was on March 13th.

Endeavor Elementary School and schools throughout the state closed three days later to help fight the spread of coronavirus

But Madison County Schools said if you have been in contact with this teacher before March 13 and have no symptoms, then March 28, this Saturday, would be a final date of concern.

That's because two weeks is the span medical officials says symptoms can arise after exposure but the school is encouraging anyone who came in contact with her to self isolate.

The district is not releasing the name of the teacher who tested positive for coronavirus for privacy reasons.

But a parent who has children in the school, told WAAY 31 it's concerning the school did not release the name of the teacher, and that's because he doesn't know if his kids had contact with this teacher and if his children should be in isolation now.

Aspokesperson for Madison County Schools declined an on camera interview but told us on Wednesday they are following CDC and Alabama Department of Public Health Guidelines.

He told us they are doing additional sanitizing work in the school.

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Principal Jenny McAlister issued this letter:

Dear Endeavor Family,

I am writing to let you know a teacher in our school tested positive for COVID-19 last evening (Tuesday, March 24th). While it is unknown when this teacher contracted the virus, this individual was advised by the ADPH to contact everyone they had contact with over the last two weeks. Therefore, out of our responsibility to you and your family, we are sending this notification to inform you that students attending Endeavor Elementary School may have been exposed to COVID-19 through contact with this teacher. Students in her classroom have been notified by phone. Due to privacy law, we will not release the name of the teacher that has been affected.

The last known date the teacher had contact with anyone in the district was on March 13, 2020. If you factor in the 14-day quarantine, the final date of concern would be Friday, March 28. We would encourage you to self isolate until after that time.

If you or anyone in your family is feeling symptoms in line with COVID-19 please contact your healthcare provider for guidance. We encourage you to monitor yourselves and your family for the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Body Aches
  • Shortness of Breath

Please continue to practice social distancing by remaining at home with your family. If you have to go out for work or to obtain essential items like food and medicine, social distancing should still take place. Practice good hand washing and respiratory etiquette for coughs and sneezes. Should a family member develop the symptoms listed, please isolate this person from other members of the family and your pets.

The CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html is an excellent resource to find reliable answers to your questions. We encourage you to educate yourselves on what you can do to protect yourself and your family. Please know that we have only your safety and well-being at heart and will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed.

Please know that we face this public health concern together. We must all take care of ourselves and each other. The Madison County School System is a caring and supportive system.

Respectfully,

Jenny
McAlister

Principal

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