The following is to help provide information to families:
The Magnet Cove School District Point of Contact (POC)is: Whitney McCutcheon
In the event that your child has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been closer than six-feet for more than 15 minutes during a 24-hour period (this is cummulative and does not have to be 15 minutes at one time) with someone who has test postive for COVID-19, you need to contact the district POC for further instructions pertaining to the attendance of your child at school. The POC is available from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m, 7 days a week.
Definition of Probable Close Contact - District identified individuals that have likely been within 6 feet for 15 cumulative minutes or longer within a 24-hour period to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, regardless of the use of a face covering. This person(s) will be expected to self-quarantine immediately for 14 days from the last date of contact with the positive case and await their Close Contact status to be confirmed by ADH Contact Tracing. A quick response to identify and quarantine will slow the possible transmission of the virus.
***Only those who have been designated as probable close contacts or positive cases will be required to quarantine. Students and families or employees will be contacted individually if they are classified as probably close contacts.***
Magnet Cove School District follows the guidance of the Arkansas Department of Health. Per this guidance at this time, we do not share the campus or district number of positive cases. Both FERPA and HIPAA allow the sharing of information to the public health agency in an imminent threat or emergency. We provide this data to the Arkansas Department of Health and these numbers are included in their data. Some school level data is provided via their website, but anything less than 5 becomes identifiable.
We have a Point of Contact identified to be our liaison with the Arkansas Department of Health and a process in place to help minimize the risk in our school. The Arkansas Department of Health is identifying confirmed cases on the county level. If there are cases associated with students or staff in the school district, the student or staff member will be notified by the POC and health department officials. For the privacy of students and staff, the district will not be sharing any information unless a student/staff member is identified as a Probable Close Contact to a person testing positive for COVID-19. We are committed to provide the safest learning environment and will follow the guidance provided by the CDC and the Arkansas Department of Education in conjunction with the Arkansas Department of Health. However, if you are overly concerned, we do offer a 100% Virtual Learning Option for the students in our district.
County/School Level Data Website https://achi.net/covid19/
During School Hours: Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Phone: 501-332-5468 ext. 402
After Hours: (M-F:6:00 a.m-7:00 a.m/4:30 p.m-9:00 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday 6:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.)
Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Covid-19 Information Page
A Parent Resource for talking to kids about COVID-19