Staff member at Ponaganset High School tests positive for COVID-19

NORTH SCITUATE, R.I. (WLNE): A staff member at Ponaganset High School tested positive for COVID-19 after attending professional development sessions at the high school last week.

Michael Barnes, the Superintendent of the Foster-Glocester Regional Schools, sent an email to parents which said several additional staff members who were in close contact will be quarantined.

According to the email, the middle school staff met at the middle school, so there is no impact on the middle staff school.

The email went on to say:

“Upon learning that a member of the high school staff tested positive for COVID-19, a RIDOH Clinical Nurse Investigator contacted the staff member involved and began the process of contact tracing. School and district officials were also contacted to obtain seating arrangements of staff during our professional development and other information. All close contacts were notified by the RIDOH and directed to quarantine for 14 days. The RIDOH completed that notification process this afternoon. This weekend, we also deep cleaned the rooms used by the staff member who tested positive and the close contacts. If the person who tested positive was a student, a comparable process would be used to the one outlined above.”

ABC6 News has reached out to the superintendent of Foster-Glocester Regional Schools for comment 


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