With classes in the Adel-De Soto-Minburn Community School District scheduled to begin Monday, Superintendent Greg Dufoe announced Sunday that an ADM High School student athlete tested positive for COVID-19.
Contact tracing by the Dallas County Public Health Department identified eight people as “close contacts,” Dufoe said, and they have been placed in a two-week quarantine.
Dufoe sent the following message to district families about 3 p.m. Sunday:
ADM CSD was informed yesterday, Aug. 23, 2020, that an ADM High School fall sports athlete tested positive for COVID-19. In consultation with the Dallas County Health Department, contact tracing has occurred to identify individuals that were within six feet of the positive individual for more than 15 minutes. As a result, the Dallas County Health Department has identified 8 individuals that will be identified as close contacts. Individuals identified as close contacts will be contacted by the state or local health agency and will be placed in a 14-day quarantine.
Please note: ADM will not make health recommendations related to quarantine, as any such determination will be made through official contact tracing and communication by the local or state health departments. However, when ADM is notified by a local or state health department that an individual(s) will be identified as a close contact, that individual(s) will not be allowed to attend school or participate in school functions until they are released by the local health agency. Individuals identified have been contacted. Under no circumstance will ADM communicate the name of a student or staff member that has tested positive.
The ADM Community School District had about 1,900 students enrolled in 2019, with about 500 in the high school. The district’s Return to Learn Plan calls for 100% attendance and features many virus-mitigation tactics, such as context-appropriate face coverings for students in grades three through 12.