Dr. McCullough letter COVID-19 @ MVHS

Message from Dr. Jason McCullough regarding COVID-19 exposure at Mount Vernon High School
Posted on 08/24/2020
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August 24, 2020

Dear Mt. Vernon ISD family,

This letter is to inform you, following TEA guidelines and MVISD Back to School Protocols,
that we were notified Sunday, August 23, 2020, that two high school students received
a lab-confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19. The students were in attendance at school
during the beginning of the week. We have communicated directly with all parents of
any student who we believe had “close contact” with the diagnosed students and
have instructed them to self-quarantine for required amount of time. We believe the
exposure was limited and that the rest of our students are safe to remain at school.

In general, close contact is defined as:
a) being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on); or
b) being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes; however, additional
factors like case/contact masking (i.e., both the infectious individual and the
potential close contact have been consistently and properly masked),
ventilation, presence of dividers, and case symptomology may affect this
determination.

Our maintenance and custodial staff are doing extensive cleaning and sanitizing of all
areas of the campus to make sure that we are providing a safe place for our students
to learn.

Please continue to do the daily self-screening of your children before sending them to
school. If your child is displaying any of the Covid-19 symptoms that are not normal to
your child, please do not send them to school. Contact your local physician and
complete the online Student Self-Screener form located on our district website under
the Parents section, COVID-19 Info, and click Parent Online Form to Report YES
Responses from Student Screener or go to https://tinyurl.com/y44e66b3


COVID-19 Symptoms for Screening
* Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0
degrees Fahrenheit
* Loss of taste or smell
 *Cough
* Difficulty breathing
* Shortness of breath
 *Fatigue
 *Headache
 *Chills
 *Sore throat
 *Congestion or runny nose
 *Shaking or exaggerated shivering
 *Significant muscle pain or ache
 *Diarrhea
 *Nausea or vomiting

If you feel that you or your child may have been exposed, you can reach out to the
Franklin County Office of Emergency Management at (903) 204-0640 to get assistance
with testing, or testing is available through the Franklin County Rural Health Clinic at
(903) 537-8222. If you have any questions, please call the high school office at (903) 537-
9800 or the Superintendent’s office at (903) 537-2546.

Thank you,

Jason McCullough

Jason McCullough, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Mt. Vernon ISD