The Metro Nashville Health Department notified us Saturday, March 14, that one of our students at LEAD Southeast Middle School has a confirmed case of the Coronavirus. We are working with the Metro Nashville Health Department and following their guidelines and recommendations. We provided an update to our LEAD Southeast staff and families this afternoon and have been in communication with the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools Office of Charter Schools. We will continue to monitor this situation and follow the recommendations of the Metro Nashville Health Department. There is nothing more important than the safety and well-being of our students, families and staff members.
Letter sent to families March 14, 2020:
The purpose of this message is to share with you that one of our LEAD Southeast Middle School students has tested positive for the Coronavirus. The student was in school this week and LEAD was notified by the Metro Health Department on Saturday morning, March 14.
Here is what this means at this time:
- Because of HIPAA law and out of privacy to the student and their family, we cannot share the student’s name.
- The Metro Health Department is the lead organization responding to this case. A department Epidemiologist is speaking with the student and those closest to them and their family to monitor any potential symptoms. Any person who tests positive is immediately self-isolated under Health Department guidelines until full recovery.
- The Health Department and LEAD are working at-present to identify who at the school was in close proximity of the student while they were in school. The Health Department defines this as within six feet for more than 10 minutes at a time. Individuals who meet this criteria will be notified by the Health Department.
As a reminder, please continue to follow the guidelines of the Metro Nashville Health Department. These include: 1) if you are showing symptoms (mild respiratory illness with: fever, cough, shortness of breath) or have any other concerns, please call your primary care physician before visiting the doctor in person; and 2) continue to be vigilant about personal hygiene and continue to practice social distancing when appropriate.
At LEAD, we will continue deep-cleaning LEAD Southeast and all of our schools. This includes a deep-cleaning of all surfaces and floors and any place where students, families and staff members gather in our schools. We will continue to act on guidance from the Metro Health Department.
We are closely monitoring this situation and will provide additional updates should they be warranted. If you have specific health concerns, please consult your primary care physician. For school-related questions, please contact LaVoe Mulgrew, Head of Schools, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-604-6550. Thank you.