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Hello, patrons of the Seymour R-II School District.

This post isn’t one we are excited about sharing; however, it’s one we feel that we are obligated to share with you for full transparency.

Last Friday evening, Sept. 11, a fourth-grade staff member at the Seymour Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19.

This employee wasn’t at school last Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, as once symptoms were discovered, the staff member didn’t return to work, awaiting test results.

Once it was confirmed our staff member had tested positive, contact tracing was completed over the weekend by the Webster County Health Unit in Marshfield, and the decision was made to quarantine 15 students, all fourth-graders, beginning today (Monday). These 15 Seymour students will be on quarantine for 14 days, in accordance with county guidelines. For these students, educational plans are being set up today, so they will not fall behind academically.

Our priority is the safety of our students and staff. We feel that this decision to quarantine students accomplishes that. We also believe the contact tracing accurately identified those who need to be quarantined to assure the safety of the students and staff in all of our buildings. 

If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to call me here at the administration office at 417-935-2287. A detailed story on last week’s events will appear in our local newspaper, the Webster County Citizen, early Wednesday morning.

Thank you,

Steve Richards
Superintendent
Seymour R-II School District

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