A staff member within the Marceline R-V School District has tested positive for COVID-19.

Superintendent Brian Sherrow sent a letter electronically to parents, staff and community members at the end of the school day, Aug. 25, the second day of classes for the 2020-2021 school year.

The letter states that a staff member of the district tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-isolating at home with their immediate family.

“The Linn County Health Department is doing contact tracing at this time and has determined that no students of the district were at high-risk exposure, therefore, no students will be required to self-isolate,” Sherrow said in the letter.

The staff member works at the middle and high school, Sherrow said adding that they were not in the building on Monday, the first day of classes.

“This incident occurred outside of the campus,” he said. “The staff member notified the administration and health department and precautionary steps started immediately.”

Parents are encouraged to look through the district wellness checklist, daily, before sending their children to school. The list can be found online at https://www.marcelineschools.org/article/294193.

Sherrow said if teachers notice a child is not feeling well or a student states they are not feeling well they will be sent to the nurse and parents will be notified.

“We appreciate the hard work of Krista Neblock and staff at the health department,” Sherrow added. “Their immediate work allowed for safety measures and protocols to be followed. The health department continues to communicate with us and make sure we have the measures in place to mitigate the spread of the virus.

“In this situation, it worked well and we are able to keep it from spreading to staff and students - and hopefully if there is another incident we can keep the spread to a minimum.”