Parent COVID Notification

November 10, 2020

Dear Hornets,

 I want to thank the individual 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 are seeing a concerning upward trend in the number of positive COVID-19 cases in our schools, particularly at the high school.  At this time, only isolated COVID cases have occurred at our other schools.  Because of this upward trend, Beech Grove High School students will continue eLearning this week, until further notice; however, this decision will be reviewed at the end of this week.  In addition, all athletic practices and competitions and extracurricular activities for students in grades K-12 are cancelled until further notice; however, this decision will also be reviewed at the end of this week.

We were notified of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis of two high school students today; and, as a result, have identified first contacts and advised those contacts to quarantine.   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 are closely monitoring the number of students at each building.  If our positive case numbers become overly concerning for the district, we will consider additional action and all parents and staff will be notified.

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: pkaiser@bgcs.k12.in.us

Sincerely,

Paul A. Kaiser, PhD.

Superintendent