This afternoon West Washington School Corporation was notified that two sibling Junior/Senior High School students tested positive for Covid-19. 

According to a release from Superintendent Keith Nance, the last date the students were in school was Monday, Oct. 12. 

Due to the school moving to partial virtual schooling on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 

Nance said the students were asymptomatic and not tested until Wednesday after a family member became ill and the entire family was tested. 

Nance said the positive results were shared with the school today. 

He said school administration began immediately performing contact tracing for any staff or student that might have been in close contact with the positive individuals on Monday. 

All staff and students that were determined to have been considered close contact by CDC definitions were isolated and sent home with instructions to quarantine for the required amount of time. 

Nance said if a decision is made to change the upcoming schedule in any way, it will be communicated in the next 24 hours. 

The school had planned on one more week of virtual hybrid education with students in school on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and at home on Tuesday and Thursday.

A custodian had tested positive last Sunday and the decision to move to a hybrid combination came on Monday due to much of the custodial staff in quarantine. 

Salem Community Schools moved to virtual on Friday due to Covid-19 cases among teachers and staff after returning from Fall Break. 

Salem hopes to return to in-person education on Nov. 2

Indiana has had increasing numbers and is one of 11 states with increasing positive cases trending upwards. 

In fact, Washington County had 17 new cases today and a total of 38 cases this week. Saturday’s update will include a number of new cases from Friday. 

East Washington Elementary School identified a staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Those who were in close contact with this individual have been contacted.

According to Superintendent Dennis Stockdale wrote on social media that if parents, staff, and students have not heard directly from the elementary office, they are not considered direct contact.

East Washington Elementary School will remain open on a regular schedule.