Collierville HS principal sends letter to parents clarifying COVID communications

Collierville HS principal sends letter to parents clarifying COVID communications
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Collierville High School Principal Roger Jones, III sent a letter to parents Saturday to clarify recent COVID-19 communications.

This comes after the health department said the schools have a cluster of cases and remote learning is to begin Monday.

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The letter was obtained by our news organization and it read:

A message from COLLIERVILLE HIGH SCHOOL

CHS parents and guardians,

I would like to take this time to see if I can clarify a few things about the recent COVID-19 parent communication letters that have been sent out over the past few days. I will use bullet points to hopefully make this an easy read.

  • Collierville Schools is following the Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) protocol for self-reporting all confirmed cases of coronavirus as we are made aware of them by parents and/or employees.
  • As of Friday, August 28, Collierville High School had five confirmed cases of coronavirus.
  • After CS reported these cases to the SCHD, officials there labeled these cases a “cluster.”
  • Due to the cluster status, the SCHD recommended that we contact the parents and teachers of all individuals who either shared a confined space (classroom setting) or directly conversed with the individuals who received a positive test and advise them to quarantine for 14 days. In addition, the SCHD recommended that our district send communication to all parents and faculty/staff members letting them know that we have confirmed cases in the building; however, neither the child or faculty/staff member came into contact with the individuals who tested positive.
  • T be clear, even if a child sat on the complete opposite side of the room from an individual who tested positive (6ft or more apart, and even wearing a mask), he/she received a phone call advising him/her to quarantine due to being considered a “close contact” with respect to the cluster status.
  • Some of you may have been confused because you received a letter on Friday, August 28, from the district stating, “If you are receiving this letter, you have not been identified as close contact to the COVID-positive person and are not at risk of developing COVID-19 from this case.” However, the letter also stated, “If you received the close contact communication from Collierville Schools Administration, you have been identified as a close contact. You will need to quarantine for 14 days.”
  • All students who were considered close contact received a phone call on Friday, August 28. This should have superseded the district letter.
  • Our close contact totaled 192 students, faculty, and staff members.
  • Today (Saturday, August 29), I was informed of three more positive cases still linked to our five initial cases. Again, we needed to inform the parents and faculty/staff members who shared a confined space with the individuals who tested positive, and we had to advise them to quarantine for 14 days.
  • Since today is a weekend and I did not have the manpower to call parents, I had to send emails to every parent.
  • Today’s close contact totaled 318 students, faculty, and staff.
  • Please know that each day of reporting requires us to send new email communication to the entire school. This means your child could have been asked to quarantine Friday; however, they may have been told that they were not affected by today’s new cases and there is no need to quarantine.
  • Some parents may have received two emails today. One letter went out to the close contacts which stated that you should quarantine. The other letter went out to all parents from the district. If you received a letter from me, it supersedes the letter from the district, and your child(ren) should quarantine for 14 days.
  • Please be advised that today’s district letter did include a statement that stated, “If you received the close contact communication from Collierville Schools Administration, you have been identified as a close contact. You will need to quarantine for 14 days.”
  • Lastly, you may find the links below from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention helpful. Have a great weekend!
  • https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html
  • https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html
  • https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

Roger Jones, III

Principal

Collierville High School