October 6, 2020
I want to thank the individuals who notified us of their positive COVID test, and for our families and staff who have done a great job of practicing good behaviors such as wearing a mask, frequent hand washing, social distancing, and staying home when they are feeling ill. 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 South Grove family, and, as a result, have identified first contacts and advised those contacts to quarantine. We have also had a positive diagnosis at the high school, and, as a result, have asked several of our student athletes to quarantine. All individuals will complete their quarantine before school resumes on October 19. We ask that all staff and students maintain a heightened awareness to remain vigilant in your efforts to combat COVID-19 by continuing to social distance, wearing a mask, washing your hands frequently, and monitoring your health symptoms. In accordance with Marion County Public Health Department guidelines, staff members and families of students who were a first contact with the affected individuals were personally notified and instructed to quarantine. If you have not been personally notified, your child is NOT a first contact in this situation.
We have a standard 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul A. Kaiser, PhD.