Washington Court House City Schools (WCHCS) Superintendent Dr. Tom Bailey confirmed Monday morning he has tested positive for COVID-19.
“My wife (Mary) actually began experiencing mild symptoms first and we both have tested positive,” said Bailey, who added the results came back Sunday. “So we will be quarantined to our house for the appropriate amount of time and we are taking every precaution to to alleviate any additional stress or anxiety for our teachers and staff. We will continue to have daily communication with the health department as far as how to proceed.”
Teachers and staff were originally scheduled to return to district buildings Monday to begin the 2020-21 school year, however due to Bailey’s positive COVID test, teachers and staff will be working remotely this week and have been instructed to return in-person to the WCHCS buildings Monday, Aug. 17. The first day for students’ return to school is Monday, Aug. 24.
“By next Monday, that puts a good 13 days separation as far as contact between myself and and anyone else in the district,” said Bailey. “We’ve really been focused on making sure we have all the protocols and safety measures in place in order to get this school year off to a good and safe start. This entire year has been fraught with challenges, and this is just another one we are facing and one of many we will continue to face as long as this pandemic is alive and well.”
Bailey said he and his wife experienced mild symptoms and are “both doing fine.”
Fayette County Public Health (FCPH) Deputy Director Leigh Cannon said Monday that the department is “currently in the investigation process and contact tracing. At this time the school plan has not changed.”
By order of Gov. Mike DeWine, masks will be required for all students across the state of Ohio, including those attending Washington Court House City Schools this fall. Exceptions to this policy will be in accordance with the exceptions listed by the Ohio Department of Health, determined on a case-by-case basis by the building health clinic.
For those families more comfortable with their student(s) learning from home this fall, the district has reopened the registration for its Remote Learning option. Registration for this option is open until Monday, Aug. 17. Please call the WCHCS Central Office at 740-335-6620 with questions.
Reach Ryan Carter at 740-313-0352.