September 21, 2020
I want to thank the parents who notified us of their student’s positive COVID test, and for our families who have done a great job of practicing good behaviors such as wearing a mask, frequent hand washing, social distancing, and keeping students home when they are feeling ill. Because of your efforts, since we opened our campus for summer activities on July 1, we have had only six students with positive COVID tests, which is still less than one-half of one percent of our total student population. Please continue to alert us to any positive COVID tests in your household and to continue to keep your student home from school when she/he is feeling ill.
We were notified of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis of a member of our high school family and a member of our Hornet Park family today, Monday, September 21. In accordance with Marion County Public Health Department guidelines, families of students who were a first contact with the affected individual were notified by our district nurse and health coordinator by phone and instructed to quarantine. If you have not been notified, your child is NOT a first contact.
We have begun a new process to alert all BGCS families and staff when a positive case is reported to us. And, we continue to work on ways to make the reporting easier for all involved. Please know that we want to be as transparent as possible, while respecting and stringently following required HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) regulations.
We ask for your understanding, as dealing with a virus during a pandemic is new to all of us. We ask that these topics not be discussed on Facebook, as many times misinformation is shared, which only adds to the stress and uncertainty of our families.
In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to me with your questions or concerns. I can be reached via my cell: 317-445-6506, or via email: email@example.com
Paul A. Kaiser, PhD.