Community Schools of Frankfort announced on Thursday that it will close Frankfort High School and Frankfort Middle School to students while making a move to e-learning from Friday, Oct. 2 through Oct. 9 after the school district was informed of two positive COVID-19 cases within the middle school and high school student populations.
“We have followed health department guidelines for contact tracing and have notified all close contacts to inform them what they should do,” an email sent by CSF Superintendent Joel McKinney stated on Thursday. “All close contacts will quarantine for 14 days before returning to school. The criteria includes being within six feet for a total of 15 minutes of an individual with a confirmed positive case and within two days of the symptom onset for the individuals.”
According to McKinney, if you are the parent of a Frankfort Middle School of Frankfort High School student and have not received a call, then your child has not been identified as a close contact.
The announcement was made after three staff members at FHS tested positive within a short period of time. According to McKinney, each of those transmissions took place outside of the school setting, and all individuals are on isolation at home. Close contacts have been identified and are under a 14-day quarantine.
“Out of an abundance of caution, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our schools, Frankfort High School and Frankfort Middle School will move to e-learning on Friday of this week and continuing the week of October 5 through 9,” McKinney’s message stated. “Only elementary students will report to school. Middle and high school students will return to regular school on Monday, October 12.”
Middle school and high school students on e-learning will sign into their learning management system, Canvas, following a 2-hour delay schedule. Daily attendance will be taken according to participation and completed assignments. All school staff will report to work as usual.
Grab and Go meals will be available for middle school and high school students during e-learning days. The pick-up location will be behind the high school from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. daily.
“Because our high school and middle school staff will continue to work from school while students are at home for e-learning, parents should contact the school during school hours with any questions they may have,” the message stated. “While home on e-learning, we ask that our students continue to maintain social distancing and follow all of the safety practices that reduce the risk of illness transmission.”
Thursday’s announcement comes one week after Rossville Consolidated Schools closed its middle/high school building and moved to e-learning until Oct. 5 after the district was informed of two positive COVID-19 cases within its middle/high school student population.