West De Pere student tests positive for COVID-19

Published: Sep. 3, 2020 at 11:53 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 3, 2020 at 9:37 PM CDT
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WEST DE PERE, Wis. (WBAY) - A student in the West De Pere School District has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a letter sent to parents and obtained by Action 2 News.

The letter states the student attends Hemlock Creek Elementary School, which was being thoroughly disinfected Thursday night. No other information was released.

Those who had close contact with the student will receive a letter with instructions about monitoring symptoms as the district tries to get the virus under control.

At this point we don’t know how many people that might be, but the district confirmed all the students involved share the same classroom.

“We are working with the health department and our school nurse, and that’s a medical determination as to who needs to quarantine after they do the contract tracing,” Superintendent Dennis Krueger explained, “so in some instances it may be where others need to quarantine and other instances perhaps not depending on the circumstance and the environment.”

Some of the students have siblings at the school, and the superintendent says the health department is addressing that issue with families individually.

“We are actively working with the De Pere Health Department 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,” a statement from the school reads.

The statement also reminds parents and students of the symptoms of COVID-19 to watch for, including:

  • Fever (100.4 degrees or higher)
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Runny nose/congestion
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Health officials say parents should keep children home from school if they are sick.

Families with questions are encouraged to reach out to the school district.

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