(December 22, 2020)
Dear Chatham Families,
We were informed that a CCSD transportation employee has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This impacts a bus run that transports a small number of out-of-district-placed students only. The employee last worked on December 16. Our District assisted the Columbia County Department of Health (DOH) today in conducting contact tracing and anyone needing to quarantine has been notified.
While we understand that you may want more details, privacy laws prohibit us from sharing or confirming personally identifiable information about anyone who has tested positive. We appreciate your understanding of this.
Our District continues to follow the safety precautions outlined in our reopening plan, with the health, welfare, and safety of our students and staff our priority. Any student or staff member who is confirmed to have or is suspected of having COVID-19, or who has been identified by the DOH as a close contact to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, is not allowed to return until cleared by the DOH. We notify our families about all confirmed student and staff cases. We continue to work in close partnership with our public health partners and follow the guidance of state and local authorities regarding our response to the ongoing pandemic.
We ask that you continue to follow COVID-19 safety measures at home and please celebrate the holidays responsibly – wear a mask, practice social distancing, and avoid gathering with anyone from outside of your household.