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Waynesville R-VI notified of positive COVID-19 cases

Waynesville R-VI notified of positive COVID-19 cases


The Waynesville R-VI School District has been notified that one individual at Waynesville High School, two individuals at Waynesville Middle School, and one individual at East Elementary have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.


All individuals who have had close contact with the positive cases have been notified and will be in isolation for 14 days.  


Unless parents are notified otherwise, their students may remain in school, per guidance from the Pulaski County Health Department.


The positive individuals will not be identified, per federal privacy guidelines.


Wearing masks and keeping socially distanced have kept the close contact list to a limited number of individuals at each of the three buildings. We ask that parents continue to reinforce these preventive measures, so that the district can continue to keep students safely in school.


In coordination with the Pulaski County Health Department, individuals who have had close contact with the positive case will be in isolation for 14 days. Again, parents of any student who came in close contact with a positive case have been contacted by the Waynesville R-VI School District.


The district will no longer notify parents when their child has been in contact with a close contact of someone who has tested positive, as the health department has stated that the “contact of a contact” presents a low risk and does not provide an added benefit to the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 in the community.  The district will continue to contact parents of students who have had contact with a positive case and continue to notify parents whose children are in the building where a positive case has occurred.


The Pulaski County Health Department encourages families to practice the following--both in and out of school:

     - Social distancing

     - Wearing masks

     - Screening your child daily

     - Avoiding large gatherings


“By practicing these four guidelines throughout our community, everyone increases the opportunity for students to remain in the seated classroom,” said Dr. Brian Henry, superintendent.


The district immediately conducted extra deep cleaning in impacted areas and will continue to follow all recommended safety guidelines. 


September 14, 2020