Because the county COVID-19 positivity rate has increased over the last week and is above 10 percent, Winterset Schools administration provided the school board with an update on the impact the pandemic is having on local schools as of Monday at 12 p.m.

Winterset schools reported three positive cases in the high school and 62 students out on quarantine. Of these students quarantining, 16 of them are due to exposure to a positive case at school, and 46 are due to an exposure outside of school. 

There are two staff members out due to testing positive, and five staff out due to quarantine related to a family member who tested positive. 

Teachers can be considered essential workers and be asked to return to work; these are handled on a case-by-case basis based on need and teaching assignment. 

The district’s COVID-19 positivity rate as of Monday was 0.17 percent, well below the county’s 14.7 percent. 

If a confirmed case of COVID-19 has been reported in your child’s classroom or activity, and the Madison County Health Department determines your child had close contact with the person who tested positive, you will receive an email with the following subject line heading: Close Contact Notification, Quarantine Required. 

Close contact applies to people who were within 6 feet of a person who tested positive for COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes. 

If the positive case was not in your child’s classroom or activity and your child was not in close contact, you will not receive an email.