Hardin County Schools has had its first positive COVID-19 case since school opened Monday.
A North Park Elementary School student tested positive, HCS spokesman John Wright said.
School administration was notified mid-day Thursday of the positive test result.
A letter went home with one group of students Thursday and a letter will go home today with remaining students, he said. In-person learning at HCS is broken into two groups: A Monday/Thursday group of students and a Tuesday/Friday group of students.
The student is in the Monday/Thursday group of students.
Schools on Wednesdays are open only to provide additional “instructional intervention and help with work,’’ Wright said.
There were about 15 students and staff members who had direct contact with the student, Wright said, and they are being monitored for possible symptoms.
Janay Sutton, the Director of Health and Family Services for the district, said HCS is taking guidance from the Lincoln Trail District Health Department and that there was a decision not to close the school due to the positive test.
The student has been directed to isolate and monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.
A one-call also went out at the end of school Thursday alerting parents and guardians to check their student's backpacks, Wright said.
The letter in part said, "Please continue to monitor your child for illness every day and keep your child at home if they are sick. Please contact your healthcare provider if your child develops symptoms or if you have any additional questions or concerns.''
The classroom where the student was Thursday has been closed for 24 hours and then will be sanitized.