A person at Glenwood Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19, Oak Ridge Schools said Sunday.
The person was last at the school on Thursday, according to a letter to families from Oak Ridge Schools Superintendent Bruce Borchers. The school system learned of the positive test this weekend, he said.
Students and staff members who were potentially exposed have all been notified, and they will quarantine in accordance with Tennessee Department of Health guidelines, Borchers said.
“The building has undergone a deep cleaning over the weekend to prepare a safe learning environment for our students,” Borchers said. “We are appreciative of the precautions all parties are taking out of concern for others.”
Like other organizations, the school system does not identify the students or staff members who test positive for COVID-19, and the letter to families on Sunday did not say what symptoms the infected person at Glenwood has experienced, if any.
Oak Ridge Schools reported two other COVID-19 cases late last week. One involved a person at Woodland Elementary School, which was reported Thursday, and the other involved a person at Jefferson Middle School, which was reported Friday.
The new case at Glenwood is the ninth overall COVID-19 case in Oak Ridge Schools and the eighth since July 15. Schools started re-opening July 29.
Borchers said Oak Ridge Schools will do its best to ensure a safe environment while educating students.
“When we can work quickly and collaboratively with the Tennessee Department of Health to identify and advise ill and exposed students and staff, we can avoid the need to close our schools,” Borchers said.
He said the school system follows COVID-19 guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Tennessee Department of Health.
The other COVID-19 cases in Oak Ridge Schools since July 15 involved a staff member at Oak Ridge High School, a staff member who had been at Jefferson Middle School and ORHS, a staff member at JMS, a student at ORHS band camp, and an instructor at ORHS band camp.
In an earlier case in April, a staff member who had been volunteering at the school system’s food distribution sites tested positive for COVID-19.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
You can contact John Huotari, owner and publisher of Oak Ridge Today, at (865) 951-9692 or [email protected]
Most news stories on Oak Ridge Today are free, brought to you by Oak Ridge Today with help from our advertisers, sponsors, and subscribers. This is a free story. Thank you to our advertisers, sponsors, and subscribers. You can see what we cover here.
Do you appreciate this story or our work in general? If so, please consider a monthly subscription to Oak Ridge Today. See our Subscribe page here. Thank you for reading Oak Ridge Today.
We also accept donations. You can donate here.
Copyright 2020 Oak Ridge Today. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.