Derby Elementary School closed after COVID-19 case reported

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DERBY — There is no school today for students at Derby Elementary School after a member of the school has tested positive for COVID-19.

The school says they have met with the Vermont Department of Health to plan their response, and have started identifying and contacting those who may have been exposed to the virus.

The Department of Health says they will make these contacts within 24 hours.

If you are not contacted within the 24-hour window starting today, they say this is because your child is not considered a close contact.

According to the school, the last potential exposure occurred on Thursday, October 22.

Families should continue to monitor students for COVID symptoms daily.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath.

Some have reported additional symptoms, such as a runny nose, sore throat, nausea, lethargy, lack of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Parents and guardians of students or staff exhibiting symptoms are asked to contact their family physician, the Vermont Department of Health, and the school nurse.

Derby Elementary School is switching to remote learning starting tomorrow, which will continue through this week.

Students are welcome to use a home device, but if they need one, the school says they will be able to pick one up today from 4-6 p.m.

The temporary closure will allow the school to clean and disinfect the building.

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