Positive COVID-19 case confirmed at Polson High School

Posted at 1:00 PM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 15:00:06-05

POLSON — A confirmed COVID-19 case has been reported at Polson High School.

Polson School District Interim Superintendent Tom DiGiallonardo says in a letter that was sent to parents that they were notified Monday of the positive case.

The individual last had contact with others at Polson High School on Oct. 29 and identified "close contacts are in the process of being notified by CSKT and/or Lake County Health Departments."

DiGiallonardo states Polson High School is still open at this time with no additional restrictions in place at this time.

Read the full letter below:

The following letter was mailed to all PHS parents today (Monday 11/2):

Dear Parent or Guardian,

Today, November 2, 2020, the Polson School District was notified that an individual associated with the District had a confirmed positive test for Covid-19. According to the CSKT Health Department, the District’s staff and students may have been in contact with the individual during the contagious period.

The individual last had contact with others in our school district at Polson High School, on October 29, 2020. Identified close contacts are in the process of being notified by CSKT and/or Lake County Health Departments. They will be following the Outbreak Response Protocol K-12 created by the Montana Department of Health and Human Services to determine a safe and appropriate course of action, including quarantine measures.

At this time Polson High School is still operating and no additional restrictions are in place from the Lake County Health Department or the CSKT Health Department, hence we are open for all staff and children not under quarantine restrictions. If you are receiving this letter and do not receive a call from the CSKT or Lake County Health Department, your child has not been identified as a close contact.

Please note that we will strictly adhere to privacy laws during a health pandemic outbreak and will not disclose identifiable information of those that have been affected. It is still recommended that any person who feels sick should seek out their medical provider for specific instructions. Our schools continue to implement all of the mitigating factors, including mask wearing, hand washing, social distancing, and cleaning protocols.

School officials will continue to monitor the situation and will provide further information if and when it becomes available.

Tom DiGiallonardo
Interim Superintendent
Polson School District