Panhandle Message to Parents
With the recent surge in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19, there have been a lot of questions around contact tracing. What does contact tracing really mean?
Contact tracing is the process Panhandle Health District uses to understand how an infectious disease is spreading in our community. The purpose of contact tracing is threefold: to find out how an individual became sick, find out who else might have been exposed and protect others from being infected.
In order to keep our students, faculty, and staff safe we work closely with Panhandle Health District when we have individuals who have tested positive or have been in close contact with anyone who tested positive within our school. It is ours and the health district’s responsibility to notify these individuals and advise them on how to move forward.
Schools cannot release information regarding positive individuals if that individual could be identified by making that announcement. Schools and/or the health district will notify close contacts of those who may have been exposed to the positive individual. We encourage you to participate in this process to protect those who are most vulnerable in our community.
Per Idaho laws, the health district is required to notify schools of positive cases among students or staff. Health districts are also required to notify the school of close contacts of confirmed positives if those close contacts attend that school.
Prevent COVID-19 in your home.
How to care for a household member who is sick.
How to eat meals together and feed a household member who is sick.
How to isolate a sick household member.
How to protect the household when you must leave the house.
How to protect children and others from getting sick.