PHOTOS: Olathe Pirates return to in-person learning

An Olathe Middle and High School staff member takes a student's temperature as part of a COVID-19 screening before school this fall. OMHS and Early Child Center cohorts have quarantined after two staff members tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The Montrose County School District (MCSD) COVID-19 Response Team (CRT) received confirmation that a staff member at Olathe Middle High School (OMHS) and a staff member at Early Childhood Center (ECC) tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

MCSD has worked with Montrose County Public Health (MCPH) to contact trace any staff and students with whom the individual had prolonged close contact, and who now need to quarantine and seek testing.

The CRT determined that eight OMHS staff members and 16 OMHS students need to quarantine through Wednesday, November 25th, and seek COVID testing; the CRT determined that eight ECC staff members and 27 ECC students need to quarantine through Sunday, November 22nd and seek testing. Montrose County School District has contacted all individuals affected, prior to public notification, and no other students or staff cohorts are affected at this time.

As our community plans for the Thanksgiving holiday, we urge all families to continue to take the precautions necessary for in-person instruction to continue.

The choices families make, and the consistent mitigation precautions families practice will allow us to continue in-person instruction during this pandemic. Failure to take necessary COVID precautions may jeopardize our ability to maintain in-person school operations.

Please be mindful of local health conditions. As we enter the winter months and approach cold and flu season, we remind every community member to self-screen for temperature and symptoms prior to leaving the house for school or work, stay home when you are sick, wash your hands often, social distance whenever possible and wear your Personal Protective Equipment (masks) with consistency.

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