TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - The Tippecanoe School Corporation has diagnosed its first case of COVID-19 in a student who attends McCutcheon High School. Supt. Scott Hanback sent out a letter to parents on Sunday. The email said the following:
Dear TSC Parents,
The Tippecanoe County Health Department has notified the Tippecanoe School Corporation of its first positive case of COVID-19 at a school.
The case involves a student at McCutcheon High School. The TSC worked with the Tippecanoe County Health Department to notify anyone identified as close contacts to this person. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a close contact as anyone within six feet of a confirmed case for more than 15 minutes. The close contacts in this case have been instructed to self-quarantine at home for 14 days and monitor themselves for symptoms. If your family was not notified, your student was not in close contact with the student who tested positive.
Despite the extensive measures the Tippecanoe School Corporation has taken to mitigate the spread of and exposure to COVID, like other schools and organizations in our community, we will still encounter cases. Families should not send their students to school if they have a confirmed COVID-19 case in their home, if their student has pending results of a COVID-19 test or if their student is showing any symptoms of COVID-19.
We will continue to work closely with the Tippecanoe County Health Department to monitor cases and ensure our plans are up to date. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your continued cooperation and support as we work together to provide a safe learning environment for our students and staff.
A viewer reached out to WLFI with concerns about the girls soccer team at McCutcheon. A spokesperson for TSC said the following:
Prior to school, some (not all) girl soccer players were told to quarantine after a player from another team tested positive the day after the August 15 match.
The spokesperson said the confirmed case at McCutcheon has no connection to the girls soccer team.