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Forest Hills Central High School reports COVID-19 case

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Posted at 4:49 PM, Sep 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-10 16:58:16-04

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Forest Hills Central High School is reporting that a student has tested positive for COVID-19.

The announcement was shared in letter to families this afternoon by Principal Steve Passinault.

The Kent County Health Department is responsible for contacting those identified as “close contacts,” according to the letter.

“If your student does not qualify as a close contact, you will not hear from the health department,” Passinault says.

The student’s last day at school was Sept. 2, and they began experiencing symptoms on Sept. 5.

When reviewing who might have been exposed, the health department looks back 48 hours before the onset of symptoms. As a result, Passinault says the school will not need to quarantine students or staff, because “the time period was greater than 48 hours.”

“We will continue to implement our safety protocols for disinfecting the school building, classrooms, buses and high-touch service areas to protect the well-being of students and staff,” Passinault says.

Passinault reminds parents they must conduct a daily health screen on their child before they attend school or a school-related event.

He also asks parents to contact their health care provider if changes occur in their child’s health.