MCSD COVID announcement; MHS 11/01/2020

Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19.The spherical viral particles, colorized blue, contain cross-sections through the viral genome, seen as black dots. Image courtesy CDC

Press Release:

November 1, 2020

Dear Muscatine High School Students & Parents,

Muscatine High School was notified by Muscatine County Public Health that a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. This positive individual was extremely diligent about wearing their face covering and practicing social distancing while instructing their class. However, during a meeting, face coverings were removed because group members were seated six feet apart. Muscatine County Public Health consulted with the Iowa Department of Public Health and was advised that the staff members that were in the room should be quarantined for fourteen days.

No students will be quarantined that were connected to this positive individual. Per the contact tracing completed by Muscatine County Public Health, this most recent positive case was not contracted from inside Muscatine High School.

All classes will continue as usual, school will remain in-person. Students with teachers that have been impacted will follow their schedule as usual. Accommodations have been made to ensure teachers are able to connect and lead their class virtually.

The decision to go strictly virtual would only happen if the Muscatine County positivity rate exceeds 15%, if absenteeism hits 10%, and if permission is granted from the Department of Education. To learn more, click here to monitor the Muscatine County Positive COVID chart via our Return to Learn website.

Precautions have been taken for these individuals to ensure the safety of the school and district. In addition, we have consulted with the Muscatine County Public Health Department to ensure that this is the safest route in managing this specific case and managing the spread of this communicable disease.

Terry Hogenson, Principal

Clint Christopher, Superintendent

This story originally appeared on the Voice of Muscatine. Read More local stories here.

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