Denison ISD reports first COVID-19 case during school year

Denison I-S-D is reporting it's first case of COVID-19 of this school year just a week after they started back.
Published: Aug. 20, 2020 at 11:37 PM CDT
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DENISON, Texas (KXII) - Denison Independent School District is reporting its first COVID-19 case of the school year just a week after they started back.

The school sent out an email to parents and staff members Tuesday that said a person who tested positive for COVID-19 was on Denison’s campus Monday.

The email said people that came into close contact with the person who tested positive will be called directly.

“We are instructed by the state to not post a notification until we have a valid, confirmed doctor or actual health facility notification,” Denison ISD Director of Communications Brian Eaves said.

Eaves said with structured seating charts this year the school is making it easier to trace where all students have been on campus.

“We’re only allowed to notify the public that we had a positive confirmation,” Eaves said. “That confirmation may come in several days after we’ve found out a little bit about it so then we have to do the contact tracing.”

They’re going map out where they were during their time in building but cannot give out their name or which school they attended.

Assistant Athletic Director Aaron Bach said he doesn’t know who the person is but even with all safety protocols, but he’s not surprised the school had a case this early.

“I mean we do everything we can and Grayson the numbers are up a little bit but it’s kind of the world we live in right now,” Bach said. “We’re going to keep doing what we’re going to do and hopefully it will keep the cases down and school will stay running on. The kids have adapted great to all the changes we’ve had to make for the world and for the procedures.”

Bach says the school follows all safety protocols set out by the TEA and the school district.

“We’re making sure the kids are keeping themselves socially distanced and wearing their masks and cleaning and sanitizing different things so we’re doing everything we’re supposed to do and a little bit above what we’re supposed to do,” Bach said.

Eaves said they will only consider closing the school when they reach what he calls a “maximum number” of students, faculty or staff that test positive for the virus.

For now, they haven’t set that maximum number that would force them to move fully online.

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