Three county schools report COVID-19 cases

By Jeff Shultz

Managing Editor

The COVID-19 virus is putting a wrinkle in three school districts’ efforts to start a new school year.

Elmore City-Pernell, Maysville and Wynnewood school districts have informed parents that some of the schools’ students have tested positive for coronavirus in the last week.

Maysville Superintendent Shelly Beach confirmed to the News Star that 24 students are out with the coronavirus related issues. including a quarantine on most of those students as they came in contact with a fellow student or faculty member.

“If a parent has not been contacted, then their child has been cleared as of Sunday (Sept. 6),” Beach said.

Beach said all facilities will be thoroughly cleaned prior to students arriving back on campus.

In Elmore City, Superintendent Sheila Riddle has also notified parents of an infected student.

“As our country fights the spread of COVID-19, we believe one of our greatest responsibilities is to communicate transparently and often with you, our school community,” Riddle said in a letter posted on the school’s website.

Riddle said the district was informed Sept. 5 that a student had tested positive for COVID-19 and the student and their parents were self-quarantining for 14 days. Riddle went on to say contact tracing had been performed and parents of potentially exposed students had been notified.

“The school district will make contact with the local health department to determine if any further steps will need to be taken at the school,” Riddle advised. 

On Wynnewood’s school website, Superintendent Tim Simpson cited several cases of COVID-19 within the school district, forcing school officials to cancel the season opener football game last Friday night

“Due to multiple confirmed cases of COVID-19 on our high school football team, our home game against Lone Grove has been cancelled,” Simpson said in the post. 

All three school superintendents are encouraging parents and students to follow CDC guidelines when it comes to protecting their families from the virus.

Those measures include:

•Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

•Using alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

•Avoiding close contact with those who are sick.

•Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve.

•Disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and objects.

“As more cases are being confirmed across the state, it is important to remain vigilant,” Riddle said.