Last week, the St. Landry Parish School District learned that a staff member at Eunice High School (EHS) tested positive for COVID-19. Since that time, an additional 4 staff members have been diagnosed with COVID-19 at EHS bringing that number up to 5 positive cases. As a result, The EHS campus will be closing at the end of the day today, October 26th, out of an abundance of caution to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all members of the community and the school. Staff will not be allowed into the building after today and the building will be going through a thorough cleaning while not being occupied.
During this time all students will receive remote instruction and all EHS staff members will be working virtually. Staff members who have technology needs should contact the computer center to schedule a time to pick up any needed devices. Virtual learning will begin Tuesday, October 27, 2020, and in-person learning will tentatively resume on November 4th contingent on what the data tells us about the number of COVID-19 cases in the Eunice area.
Arrangements are being made by the Child Nutrition Department to provide grab and go meals for EHS students at the Central Middle School campus. We will provide further details about the lunch distribution tomorrow.
We will be closely monitoring this situation and following all directions provided by the Louisiana Department of Health. Please note that while we have an obligation to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of all members of our community, we also have an obligation to protect the privacy of individuals affected by this virus. Only “close contacts” are required to be quarantined. The Center for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) defines a “close contact” as an individual who was within six feet of a positive case of COVID-19 for a duration of longer than fifteen consecutive minutes. Unless an individual has been personally contacted by the Department of Health or the School Nurse we can reasonably assure you that you have not been identified as a “close contact” of a positive case. The only individuals who need to quarantine are those who have been personally contacted by the Department of Health or the school nurse.
If you are symptomatic please stay home and contact your medical provider immediately. If your child receives a positive COVID-19 result please contact Nurse Callie Schouest at 337-457-5895 or Nurse Sylvia Brown at 337-948-3646. Your cooperation with sharing information with our nurses and reporting any positive cases of COVID-19 within your family or close contacts is very important.” It is important to note that there is no evidence that schools in the Eunice area have had an increase in positive cases, nor is there any indication that higher transmission rates in these neighborhoods are due to school buildings being open. The step to close school buildings is one of many steps being taken to help reduce transmission in the Eunice area. Additionally, the Louisiana National Guard and Office of Public Health will be providing COVID-19 testing on October 30th from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Eunice High School parking lot.
Staff members at Eunice Career and Technical Education Center will report work to deliver lessons virtually. All other schools in the Eunice area will remain open at this time.
Thanks for your patience and understanding in this matter.