Olin told The Associated Press that the district was informed of the positive test by the Hancock County Health Department and the student was only attending school part of the day on Thursday. The student was tested for the virus a few days earlier, he said, and it appears the student had attended school before receiving the results.“It really doesn’t change our plans,” Olin said of the schools reopening. “We knew we would have a positive case at some point in the fall. We just didn’t think it would happen on day one. “
In response, the school district enacted its “Positive COVID-19 Testing Protocol,” which included isolating the student in the school clinic. District and school nurses sought to identify other students or staff who may have been in close contact. Classrooms and areas where the student spent time also received special cleanings.
Close contacts will need to be quarantined for 14 days before returning to school, according to protocol. Any staff or student who tests positive for the coronavirus can only return to school after isolating themselves at home for 10 days and having allowed at least 72 hours to elapse since presenting symptoms.
Students at Greenfield-Central Junior High who were not in close contact with the student who tested positive were able to continue classes in person on Friday.
At Avon High School, just west of Indianapolis, a staff member also tested positive. The district was made aware of the case on Thursday, a day after the students returned to class, district spokesperson Stacey Forcey-Moore said. However, this staff member has not been to school this week and has had no close contact with anyone else at the school. The district did not say whether the staff member was a teacher.
Avon Community Schools, which were the first districts in Indiana to close after a student tested positive for coronavirus in March, became one of the first to resume fall classes in person on Wednesday. The district has seen 85% of its approximately 10,000 students return for in-person learning.
Greenfield-Central offered students in-person and online options at the start of the new academic year. Only 15% of families, or around 600 students, chose to stay home for distance learning.