52 Powell County students placed on quarantine after teacher tests positive

Published: Oct. 6, 2020 at 11:05 AM EDT
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POWELL CO., Ky. (WKYT) - More than 50 Powell County students are in quarantine after a teacher tested positive for COVID-19.

Superintendent Anthony Orr tells us that a positive case of COVID-19 won’t cripple the education system for Powell County Students.

“I think the way we set things up, to begin with, allows us to get the advantage of having kids be in person, but also gives us the ability to work with the health department and make sure that we can act quickly and prevent any spread within the schools,” Orr said.

Orr says the teacher teaches at Powell County Middle School and has minor symptoms, but is doing OK.

“I actually spoke with the teacher yesterday and he said he had minor symptoms but other than that, doing well,” Orr said.

Orr says a total of 52 students have been placed on quarantine and they are doing remote learning for now, until the quarantine period passes.

Orr tells us the contact tracing they’re doing should give families confidence that they can handle a positive test when it arises.

“We get confirmation of a positive test from the health department and that’s when we start communicating without staff and our families," Orr said. "So, in this situation, as soon as we had that confirmation we began reaching out to our families because we had students in schools on the day that we learned of the positive test. The main thing I want to be able to say is kind of a reminder that if students are on quarantine it’s not because they’re sick its because we’re taking these steps to make sure they don’t get sick.”

Orr says students can return to the classroom after their 14-day quarantine. That teacher can return after 10 days and a clean bill of health from the health department.

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