Parents and Guardians,

On July 6, 2020 we were made aware that a person that attended the S.C. H.S. prom has tested positive for COVID-19. Upon learning this information, we immediately contacted the Scott County Health Department where we were advised to notify all individuals that were in contact with said person. The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. Individuals who HAD CLOSE PROXIMITY with the individual were sent home from summer school today and we are recommending that they monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, or loss of taste and smell.

The health of our school and community are of the utmost importance. We are taking every precaution to ensure the safety of your child and minimize the spread of COVID-19.

It is important to understand the difference between quarantine and isolation. A person who has been exposed, but who is not yet sick, is asked to quarantine. A person who has tested positive, or presumed by a doctor to be positive, for COVID-19, is asked to isolate.

Relevant DHSS guidelines for quarantine are as follows:

  1. You should not leave the quarantine location at any time, unless there is a medical emergency or requested by your healthcare provider.
  2. If you or anyone in your quarantine location requires emergency medical treatment for any conditions, you should call 911 for an ambulance. If you call 911, immediately tell the 911 operator that you are in quarantine due to COVID-19.
  3. You should avoid contact with anyone outside the home.
  4. You should avoid contact with individuals in your home as much as possible and maintain good personal hygiene at all times. If contacted by DHSS, follow all directions provided to you by DHSS to help prevent disease transmission.

Please note that DHSS investigates potential COVID-19 exposures and may contact you. If so, please follow whatever additional recommendations DHSS offers.

This is a rapidly evolving situation and we understand how difficult this is. We want everyone to stay healthy and safe, and we urge you to follow the DHSS guidelines listed above for the protection of yourself, your family and others.

For additional information, rely on trusted sources of information such as Missouri Department of Health & Senor Services or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites.