BY PAT BROWN
Thursday afternoon a memo was distributed from Magee High School that said there is a quarantine for female athlete students and will prevent them from starting school with the student body.
The notice from Principal, Dr. Brad Blake and Athletic Director, Teddy Dyess said that female students that participate in basketball, softball and volleyball would be under quarantine.
The quarantine started on July 30 and is to expire on August 13 according to the memo. It goes on to say that the quarantine will also apply to these young ladies starting school which is scheduled for August 10.
The school would not release the exact number of students who may be affected but it is thought to be around 30 students.
Superintendent Greg Paes was contacted for additional details and stated there was nothing more than what the newspaper already had received. He went on to say that the other schools were not experiencing any issues so far, but said it is out there and they may in the future.
The start plan approved by the school board and adopted by the district requires that the parents notify the school principal as soon as a case is diagnosed.
Policy states that in the child’s home if someone tested positive the child must quarantine for 14 days. In this case one of the team members tested positive therefore the other students have to quarantine for 14 days.
The school notified the other parents that a student had tested positive. Contact tracing had to be done from that point. This is where the other students were notified of the situation and thus the start of the quarantine.