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New state regulations for parents/guardians to report COVID-19 positive students take effect today
A new state regulation goes into effect on Monday, Sept. 28, requiring parents and guardians to notify schools of any student’s positive test results within 24 hours. There are two ways to make that report:
- Call 270-665-8400 and ask for Julie Thomas, community education director. Her hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. If she is unable to answer the phone, please leave a message with your name and phone number.
- Go online and visit the COVID-19 resources page on the schools’ website under the “District” tab here. There will be a link to a secure form at the top of that page.
- Using either method, please have the following information ready: Student’s name, address, date of birth, gender, and a contact telephone number for parent/guardian.
The regulation requires that schools then use that information to notify the PDHD, and complete a daily numerical survey from the state Department of Public Health. The PDHD uses the information for contact tracing. The state survey reports the daily number of positive test reports among both students and staff, as well as the number of ongoing quarantines among both students and staff.
Starting Monday, the district will make brief announcements of new positive cases only on its Facebook page and via Infinite Campus Messenger to parents/guardians. It also will maintain a spreadsheet showing the number of active cases, recovered cases, and total cases to date, for both students and staff. That spreadsheet will be updated daily, and also may be found on the district’s COVID-19 resources page on its website (see above).
Anyone with specific questions about the district’s health and safety protocols may contact Bob Wilson, district director of pupil personnel, at 270-665-8400, ext. 2014, or email bob.wilson@ballard.kyschools.us. Anyone with questions about COVID-19 may contact the PDHD at 270-665-5432.
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