September 15 Statement on Elementary School Resuming
Malta Elementary School will resume classes tomorrow Wednesday, September the 16th. MES and Phillips County Health Department are confident about the safety of returning and have completed contact tracing associated with the two positive cases from last week. Those who have been affected have been contacted and informed of how to proceed. MES staff have also completed a deep cleaning of the school. At this point, there is no evidence of contagion spread within the staff and/or student body, and the school in conjunction with the PCHD remains confident of the protocols in place. We will continue our rigorous hygiene and sanitizing practices, face covering, and most importantly social distancing and separation of grade-level classes. Keeping students in cohorts has the largest impact on minimizing the number of direct contacts. The school will be following symptoms guidelines published by the Department of Health and Human Services for determining if students or staff should be present in the building. As a reminder, if you or your child are experiencing symptoms of illness please find a way to stay home as this is our first and most effective line of defense for preventing any further disruption in the school year.
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September 13 Statement Regarding Elementary School Closure
Late Saturday, September 12th, 2020, Malta Elementary School was notified that individuals associated with the District had tested positive for COVID-19. According to the Phillips County Health Department, some of the District’s staff and students were in contact with these individuals during a period of possible exposure. The individuals last had contact with others in our school on September 9th, 3 days prior to their diagnosis. Since September 10th no staff or students have been exposed to these individuals. If anyone associated with the District is at risk of exposure, the Phillips County Health Department will be in contact with that person to determine a safe and appropriate course of action. It is still recommended that any person who feels sick or ill seek out their medical provider for specific instructions. The School District is in contact with the Health Department and reviewing the Centers for Disease Control guidance to complete deep cleaning of the school. Due to the timing of this diagnosis Malta Elementary will be closed September 14th and 15th to allow the Phillips County Health Department and the school to complete a thorough contact tracing.
Malta Middle School and Malta High School will still operate with a normal schedule at this time. Contact the elementary office for details about these measures. School officials will continue to monitor the situation and will provide further information if and when it becomes available.
At a special meeting on August 4, the Malta Board of Trustees approved a plan for opening the 2020-21 school year. This plan was the result of input from surveys of parents, students, and staff, along with advice from the Office of Public Instruction, the Governor’s Office, the Center for Disease Control, and local health officials. We feel that this plan allows our students and staff to safely return to school for face-to-face instruction, yet provides the flexibility to respond to changes in our local needs as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The documents below describe the opening plan and also contain forms that relate to the opening plan.