COVID Update: September 17, 2021

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Families:

As a district, we remain committed to complete, transparent, and professional communication, centered around the idea that building a well-informed school community creates a stronger foundation for success in every goal we set.

To this end, we email and post near-daily COVID updates for our school community members that note any new positive cases for the day, and indicate how many active quarantines are underway.

The “COVID Update” email and posting is only sent on days in which we have at least one new positive COVID case reported to us. So for days on which we have zero new positive cases (like yesterday, 9/16!), there will be no COVID Update. No news is good news!!

Thank you for being a valued member of our GF Nation community. Today’s update continues below.

Warren County remains in a “High” community transmission zone. Here is a summary COVID update for Friday, 9/17, using the best information that has been reported to us, either by a local health department or by parents/guardians/employees. Remember that if any confirmed case requires a mandatory quarantine of other students or adults, we have already contacted parents and staff members separately by phone.

  • GFSD individuals now under quarantine: 89
  • GFSD new positive cases today: 1 (HS), 1 (JH)
  • GFSD individuals rapid-tested on site yesterday (9/16): 46
    • Testing results: 46 Negative; 0 Positive
  • Warren Co. Public Health active quarantines as of 9/17: 370
  • Warren Co. Public Health active COVID-19 cases as of 9/17: 234
    • (Data from Warren Co. COVID Hub)

Please understand the following important points around our continued pandemic operations.

  • If your child is vaccinated and had contact with a positive case, they will not need to quarantine as long as they are not symptomatic.
  • If your child is unvaccinated and had contact with a positive case, they will be quarantined for 10 days. Please make your own family plan for this occurrence now, if you have any unvaccinated children at home.
  • If your child has ANY symptoms of a cough, upset stomach, runny nose, fever, etc. STAY HOME, and contact your doctor right away.

The health, safety, and well-being of our school community remains our main focus. We will continue to work closely with WCPH, and will follow their guidance on how to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment.

Graphic from CDC illustrating the symptoms of Coronavirus