New protocols for positive COVID-19 cases within the school district.

October 2, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The school district has entered into an agreement with the Yellowstone County Health Departments (Riverstone Health) where administrators have been “deputized” to assist with contact tracing for students in our district. We are bound to strict confidentiality of HIPPA, as well as FERPA rules, to protect the privacy of students. We will not disclose the name of the student that tested positive, nor the name of any student that needs to quarantine.

When the district is notified in writing from Riverstone Health or a medical provider that a student in our district has tested positive for COVID-19, we will then determine who is a direct contact with that students. A direct contact is defined as being within 6 feet for 15 or more continuous minutes. An administrator will individually notified the parent/guardian that their child was exposed on a specific date and how long their child will need to quarantine. By assisting Riverstone Health with the contact tracing of students, we can help mitigate the spread of the virus, protect students, and strive to keep our students attending school on-site.

As the State of Montana is now posting weekly student and staff positivity numbers by county and school district, we will no longer send out a letter notifying parents/guardians that there is a positive case in our district. This information is found on the Department of Health and Human Services.

It is still recommended that any person who feels sick or ill, stay home, and seek out their medical provider for specific instructions.

I want to thank all of you for your continued cooperation in keeping your children home when they are not feeling well, and quarantining when necessary. We will continue to support you and family to ensure learning continues for your child(ren). It will take all of us working together to keep our children safe and our schools open.

Respectfully,

Dr. Linda Filpula Superintendent





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