Schools get possible COVID alert

Bob Morehead

Herald Staff Writer

The Barberton school district has sent word to parents of a possible exposure to COVID 19.

According to the alert, a student in one of the Four Cities Compact programs might have been exposed to the novel coronavirus.

“At this point they have not tested positive for COVID-19,” Barberton Superintendent Jeffrey Ramnytz said in his note to the parents. “We are awaiting this information, but have  asked  those  who meet the criteria for contact  to quarantine and  complete school work remotely.”

The exposed student was a Wadsworth student in the career-tech nursing program, which is housed at Barberton High School. Wadsworth is in Medina County, which mildly complicated things.

“We had to work with two different health departments, so that made things a little more difficult,” Ramnytz told The Herald later.

Ramnytz said things like this were always expected and there were plans in place from the beginning.

“And we’re working those plans,” he said.

The plans are that this student and everyone who had contact with the student quarantine for 14 day, during which they will be completing their work remotely.

“We’re taking every precaution,” Ramnytz said. “It’s best to be on the safe side.”

Should the test come back positive, the district is required by law to make that notification, as well.

Ramnytz added that contact tracing began immediately. If a parent has not yet been contacted, their student did not have exposure and nothing is required of them.

For all students, staff and parents, the recommendations remain the same: Wear a mask, wash hands often, stay at least 6 feet away from people you don’t live with, don’t touch your face and stay home if you don’t feel well.

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