Dear Parent or Caregiver,
This letter is to notify you that a student or staff member at Walworth Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19. We are actively working with Walworth County Public Health to quickly identify, notify, and quarantine any students or staff who may have come into close contact with them and who may be at risk of getting sick. We are also cleaning and disinfecting the school to control the spread of illness.
COVID-19 is an illness caused by a new coronavirus. It spreads from person to person through droplets created when we cough, sneeze, talk, sing or laugh. Most people—especially young people—who get COVID19 have mild illness, similar to having a cold or the flu. However, in others it can cause severe illness, such as pneumonia.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
• Fever (temperature 100.4°F or higher) • Cough • Trouble breathing • Chills • Muscle/body aches • Loss of sense of taste or smell • Runny nose or nasal congestion • Fatigue • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
What to Expect
If your child had close contact with a person with COVID-19, you will receive a separate letter with special instructions about monitoring symptoms, testing, and how to keep others in your home from getting sick.
If your child did not have close contact with a person with COVID-19 in our school, you will not receive another letter. However, everyone in your household should continue to stay home as much as possible, wash their hands frequently, keep 6 feet away from others, wear a mask or cloth face covering in public, watch for symptoms of COVID-19, and seek medical care when sick. Someone from Walworth County Public Health or our school health office may reach out to you with questions. Please assist them as they work to investigate and control COVID-19 in our school.
Prevent Further Spread
The following guidelines will help to prevent further spread of illness at our school:
• Notify the school if your child is diagnosed with COVID-19.
• Notify the school if your child had contact with someone who you know was diagnosed with COVID-19.
• Keep students home from school if they are sick.
• Encourage good habits: frequent handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, use of face coverings in. public, and staying home as much as possible.
If you have any questions, please contact School Administration or the Health Office.
Mr. Phill Klamm, School Administrator
Mrs. Katie Smith, School Nurse