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4 WUSD students, 2 staff test positive for COVID-19

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Williams High School (Wendy Howell/WGCN)

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — The Williams Unified School District Governing Board held an emergency meeting Nov. 8 after two staff members and four students at Williams Unified School District recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Families of WUSD students were notified Nov. 9 that a teacher, a bus driver, three students at Williams High School and one student at Williams Elementary-Middle School recently received positive test results for coronavirus.

The governing board made the decision to keep schools open with all the individuals isolating at home along with any siblings or other family members associated with schools in the district.

“WEMS (and WHS) remain open for in-person learning,” the district said in a statement to families.

WUSD schools have been open for in-person learning since Aug. 17. These are the first confirmed cases of coronavirus for the district, according to WUSD Governing Board President Carla Dent.

Any students who have members in the household who are sick, or who have tested positive, are asked to remain home, even if asymptomatic.

“We can utilize Google Classroom and Zoom for the time that they remain out,” the district said. “Our tech team will have PreK-2 devices available very soon.”

The district reminded parents that online learning was still available through the school

“WHS does remain open for in person learning and fall season athletics continue,” they said. “If you wish to move your child(ren) from in person to online, we can accommodate that quite easily. Just be sure to call the front office. We will respect and honor all decisions.”

The WUSD Governing Board said they are following the district’s coronavirus safety protocols. The board approved a re-opening plan that is reevaluated at each regular meeting.

According to the plan, if a student or staff member displays COVID-19 symptoms at school, they should be separated and sent home. Areas that were exposed to the symptomatic employee or student are closed off and then disinfected.

The school then begins contact tracing to determine if other employees or students were exposed to the symptomatic person within six feet and for a prolonged time (typically longer than 15 minutes.).

If so, those individuals and their families are to be notified of the potential exposure.

The district’s policy is to not release names of sick individuals.

The individuals are advised to self-isolate and/or seek medical treatment.

If a person is symptomatic and tested positive for COVID-19, the individual should stay home for at least 10 days, and 24 hours must have passed since the last fever.

The district reminds students and families to remain diligent about:

  • staying home when sick,
  • washing hands often,
  • wearing a mask,
  • social distancing where possible,
  • covering mouths when coughing or sneezing,
  • Monitor the health of children;
  • And consulting a doctor when needed.
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