School opening is right around the corner for most corporations in Marshall County. School and health officials have considered the full spectrum of benefits and risks of both in-person and virtual learning options.
Parents are understandably concerned about the safety of their children in the wake of COVID-19, and it is important to note that the best available evidence shows that children are far less likely to suffer severe symptoms if they become infected.
School safety plans are being followed to help ensure the health and safety of students and staff and also their family members at home. The harms attributed to closed schools on the social, emotional, behavioral health, and academic achievement of children is well-known and significant.
Further, the lack of in-person opportunities disproportionately harms low-income and minority children and those with limited abilities. These students often rely on school food programs, special education services, counseling, and after-school programs.
School officials and the Marshall County Health Department will work together in the event of a positive case in schools. Once a positive case is reported and confirmed, contact tracing will begin.
What Counts As A Close Contact? • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more. • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19. • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them). • You shared eating or drinking utensils. • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.
Parents, providers, and the general public can call 1-877-826-0011 for questions related to testing and COVID-19. Marshall County Health Department will continue to provide additional information as the school year begins.
Please follow our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MarshallCountyHD/ or go to the Indiana State Department of Health’s website at www.isdh.in.gov/coronavirus for up-to-date information on COVID-19.