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Three Forks Public Schools says employee tested positive for COVID-19

Posted at 4:31 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 18:31:20-04

Three Forks Public Schools has announced that one of the staff members tested positive for Covid-19 recently.

According to a letter from the school district, on Saturday, March 28, the Three Forks School District was notified of the staff member's positive test from the previous day.

Here’s the rest of the letter:

According to the Gallatin County Health Department, the timing of the School District’s transition to remote services on March 16, 2020, means that the District’s staff and students were not in contact with the employee during the period of possible exposure.

The staff member last worked in person-to-person contact with students and staff of Three Forks School District on Friday, March 13, 14 days prior to the staff member’s diagnosis. The staff member was in the school building to retrieve educational materials on March 20, 2020, but did not interact with any students staff during this brief visit.

Since March 16, 2020, the staff member has delivered services to students exclusively using remote delivery. The staff member has notified the students enrolled in these off-site courses of the diagnosis. The School District is working to ensure those students continue to receive education services during any period the diagnosed staff member’s absence from duty.

If any staff or students are at risk of exposure, the Gallatin County Health Department will be in contact with that person to determine a safe and appropriate course of action. At this point, based on the timeline, the Gallatin County Health Department has no such plans. 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 Centers for Disease Control guidance to complete a cleaning the school and other related facilities. School officials will continue to monitor the situation and will provide further information if and when it becomes available.

The school district also announced the Three Forks School will be asking for community members to not use our playground equipment and basketball courts. Open spaces on our track and field are open to families and individuals, but please practice social distancing.