SHEBOYGAN — Each week we will be taking a peek into area schools to answer the community's questions.

With a global pandemic on our hands, there are more now than ever.

Question: What happens if my child's classroom has a positive coronavirus case?

According to a district newsletter released by the Sheboygan Area School District, families will receive a notification on School Messenger of confirmed cases in their buildings. No names or identifying information will be disclosed in the notice.

Once a case is identified, the school will work with the public health department to contact trace those who may have had close contact — those within six feet of the person infected for longer than 15 minutes. Close contacts will also be required to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days. 

Tracing is done with the help of classroom rosters and seating charts as well as those from extracurricular activities to even the bus route.

Students in quarantine will move over to an online learning model to avoid getting behind on schoolwork. Individual quarantines and possible classroom closures will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, but the district's goal is to keep students in person as much as possible.

As of Sept. 21, positive cases have been reported by the district at North, South and Central high schools and Longfellow and Grant elementary schools.

If 10% of students are absent due to illness and/or quarantine, the district will consult the health department and may consider an online learning model for a minimum of 14 days. As of this week, no SASD schools have been forced into this model.

On Sept. 16, the School District of Sheboygan Falls middle school moved to an all-virtual model due to an increase in COVID-19 testing and close contact tracing. The anticipated return to in-person learning is set for Sept. 30.

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