Positive Case in USD327

7 October 2020

TO:                  USD327

FROM:             Dale Brungardt, Superintendent

We have been informed by the Ellsworth County Health Department, that one of our non-classroom staff members has tested positive for COVID-19, commonly known as “Coronavirus,” based on test results obtained on October 7th.  Per County and District policy, this staff member has been directed to isolate until permitted to return.

We are alerting you to this development because we believe that open communication and district health is important.  After discussions with Ellsworth County Health Department(ECHD) to determine close contacts or exposure, it has been determined that there are no close contacts identified.

Per KDHE and Ellsworth County Health Department, close contacts are defined as less than 6 feet and more than 10 minutes.   

Know that USD327 will continue with our safety and health protocols.  These protocols include masks, face shields, sanitizing hands, wiping down equipment and other sanitizing processes.

In the interim, if you feel you are showing signs and symptoms of Covid-19, we encourage you to seek medical advice and contact the Ellsworth County Health Department for more information.  They can be reached at 785-472-4488.

We are committed to providing a safe and healthy educational experience and work environment for all of our students, athletes, and employees.  We also endeavor to be a positive service to our community.  It is in the interest of those goals that we provide this information out of an abundance of caution. 

We also want to take this opportunity to remind you that one of our core values as a district is respect for and among our employees and students.  We will treat information regarding the identity of employees/students with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 as confidential to the extent feasible and we will comply with applicable laws regarding the handling of such information.  Further, per district policy, we will not tolerate harassment of, or discrimination or retaliation against, employees and students. 

Please contact Dale Brungardt, Superintendent at (785) 810-8039 if you have any questions or concerns.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit the CDC website at: http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html


Dale Brungardt Superintendent