Shawnee Mis­sion par­ent tests pos­i­tive for COVID-19

The Kansas City Star - - Local - BY KAITLYN SCHWERS kschw­[email protected]­star.com Kaitlyn Schwers: 816-234-7909, @kait­lyn­schw­ers

A par­ent of a stu­dent who at­tends an el­e­men­tary school in the Shawnee Mis­sion School Dis­trict has tested pos­i­tive for the novel coro­n­avirus, the su­per­in­ten­dent said in a note to staff and par­ents on Satur­day.

The per­son has a child who is a stu­dent at Lenexa Hills El­e­men­tary School. The fam­ily is cur­rently in iso­la­tion, Su­per­in­ten­dent Mike Ful­ton wrote, and will not be back in the school un­til the quar­an­tine pe­riod has ended.

It was un­clear Satur­day af­ter­noon if this is a new case of COVID-19 in Kansas or if the par­ent is con­nected to an ex­ist­ing case that was pre­vi­ously an­nounced. Eight peo­ple have tested pos­i­tive for the virus in Kansas as of Satur­day, in­clud­ing five in John­son County.

Any­one in the Lenexa Hills com­mu­nity who had direct con­tact with the fam­ily has been no­ti­fied, per guide­lines pro­vided by the John­son County Depart­ment of Health and En­vi­ron­ment, Ful­ton said in the let­ter. “We have been in­formed that the risk of COVID-19 ex­po­sure to any­one at Lenexa Hills is very low,” Ful­ton’s let­ter said.

Dis­trict build­ings will be closed for spring break, March 16-20. The dis­trict said schools will be cleaned and dis­in­fected be­fore stu­dents and staff re­turn.

“Please be as­sured that our fo­cus is on stu­dent, staff and com­mu­nity safety,” the let­ter stated. “This sit­u­a­tion con­tin­ues to be very fluid and, as things change, we will com­mu­ni­cate as quickly as rea­son­ably pos­si­ble.”

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A par­ent of a Lenexa Hills El­e­men­tary School stu­dent has tested pos­i­tive for the novel coro­n­avirus.

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