Dear BES Families:
Over the past few weeks we have had several positive COVID-19 cases amongst students, teachers, and staff at Break-O-Day Elementary. With each case we conduct contact tracing to determine the close contacts that may need to quarantine and in one case determined that it was prudent to quarantine an entire classroom. In every case we work directly with the Johnson County Health Department and take their recommendations. This past week on Thursday, we had a conference call with the Indiana State Department of Health and two of their epidemiologists to give them information and ask their perspective on our procedures. This review included our contact tracing, communication, hygiene standards, cleaning routines, mask requirements, and our local Return To Learn Plans. The public health officials were very complimentary of the Break-O-Day Elementary staff and their efforts as well as our plans within Clark-Pleasant. It was determined that there was no need to further quarantine students or staff from the school and the spread of the virus was being managed appropriately for the current cases.
As a further precaution we have added staff to the building to help clean high-touch areas in the school during the school day to further support the custodial staff. With our commitment to communicate when we have positive cases, it may feel as though letters are coming home a lot lately which may heighten concerns. We recognize this and wanted to provide you this update.
Below are the total COVID-19 positive cases amongst students, teachers and staff at Break-O-Day Elementary since the first day of school.
We will continue to be diligent in following the guidance from our state and local health departments. Should you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact your building administrators. I would remind you that we cannot share a lot of information due to HIPAA Privacy Rules that establish national standards to protect individuals' medical records and other personal health information.
Patrick Spray, Superintendent