The Beaumont Independent School District (BISD) reported July 17 it had received notification on July 16 that a staff member involved in meal distribution at Blanchette Elementary School had tested positive for COVID-19.
According to the school district, the employee was on campus and involved in meal distribution on July 15. During distribution, the employee wore a mask and gloves, followed frequent sterilization measures and did not come in direct contact with any member of the public, the district reported.
"As such, the Health Department has advised that the risk of someone contracting COVID-19 from the employee is low and this notice is being provided in an abundance of caution," BISD stated in a news release. "Nevertheless, Beaumont ISD has been in close communication with officials at the Jefferson County Health Department, and the District is following all recommended protocols.
"The Blanchette Elementary campus is closed for deep cleaning and disinfection and will be open again Monday, July 20. Meal distribution at this site is discontinued for the remainder of the summer feeding program, however, we invite all families to receive meals from Marshall and Smith Middle Schools."
Members of the public who picked up a meal from Blanchette Elementary in the last week should continue to closely monitor their health, recommends the district. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their health care provider immediately.
"In addition, please continue all other safeguards outlined by the CDC, including frequently washing your hands with soap and water, avoiding touching your face, staying home if you feel sick and cleaning frequently touched surfaces and objects daily. The health and safety of our community is our top priority and we appreciate your cooperation as we work through these challenges as a community," stated BISD.