District conducts contact tracing after high school student tests positive for COVID-19

On Tuesday, Sept. 1, Lowell Area Schools received notification from the Kent County Health Department that a student enrolled at Lowell High School had tested positive for COVID-19. High school families received an email from interim Superintendent Nate Fowler with this information that same day. 

District officials, under the guidance of the Kent County Health Department, have conducted contact tracing to assess any potential impact to other students, families or school buildings. The tracing showed that the affected student did not have any contact with other students in the building, and there have been no further cases discovered since last week, officials said. 

In accordance with the Lowell Area Schools COVID-19 response plan, the high school will remain open with classes continuing as scheduled. All safety measures remain in place as well, including cleaning and disinfecting the school buildings, requiring masks and social distancing whenever possible. 

“We were prepared for this day,” said Fowler. “Our students, parents and staff are all doing a remarkable job given the unique start to this year.”

Per public health guidelines, parents are encouraged to check their child’s temperature every day at home, as well as screen for any virus-related symptoms, before a child arrives at school. Anyone who experiences symptoms or may have been exposed should get tested, stay at home and avoid contact with other individuals. The KCHD offers free COVID-19 screenings at multiple sites via appointment or walk-in; visit its website for more information.

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