Tomah, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX)-Last week, a Tomah Elementary School reopened for the school year.
This week, one student is a presumed positive covid-19 case. Lemonweir Elementary said the student was in close contact with a family member who tested positive and had a fever.
The school notified all parents of the situation through an email from the superintendent.
Those in the student’s class who were within six feet as well as the teacher are being asked to quarantine until a negative test result. The school says it did anticipate cases would happen but say it’s important to stay open.
“We strongly believe that we have an obligation to educate our children. It’s going to be detrimental if they are not in front of a teacher or at least have the education system to provide them to move forward from here. They are essential workers to provide that education to our students.” Said Nicki Pope, Lemonweir Elementary Principal.
Staff are meeting to discuss potential changes to minimize contact among students but said masks will still not be mandatory.
Lemonweir said students are not afraid to be back, but instead excited and happy.