Brenham ISD has reported its first positive case of COVID-19 in a student.
This (Tuesday) morning, the district updated its COVID-19 dashboard, which now shows a positive case in a student between the age of 15 and 19, at Brenham High School. The district had reported no COVID-19 cases in students or faculty since the start of school on August 25th.
According to Brenham ISD Head Athletic Trainer and COVID-19 Response Leader Jamie Woodall, the student was last on campus Thursday evening. The student has gone into quarantine, and will not be able to come back until 10 days after the start of symptoms and 24 hours after fever and symptoms have resolved.
Woodall said all procedures for masks, social distancing, and cleaning have been followed, and as a result the affected student is the only one who will need to be sent home to quarantine. Had this not been the case, according to Woodall, as many as 40 others could have been required to quarantine.
Woodall said she is proud of the district’s COVID-19 response and prevention efforts, saying this is a “perfect example” of how the district’s plan is supposed to work when dealing with a confirmed coronavirus case.
According to the district’s reopening plan, when a positive case is confirmed, the district will immediately notify any individual who had close contact with the affected person during the infectious timeframe. The COVID Response Team will notify the local health department and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) of any such positive case.
The plan also states that schools must close off areas that are heavily used by the individual with the lab-confirmed cases until the surfaces in those areas are disinfected, unless more than seven days have passed since the person was on campus.
Brenham ISD’s full COVID-19 response protocols can be seen in the district’s reopening plan, which is available here.