YMS Reaches Five Cases, Adds Health Protocols – Yuma Pioneer

Yuma School District-1 has introduced additional health protocols at Yuma Middle School.
The district received notification of three more positive COVID-19 cases on YMS last Tuesday. This brings the total number of active cases in the Yuma schools to six. Two positive cases at YMS and one at Yuma High School were confirmed last week. The people are in appropriate isolation in accordance with the guidelines of the health department.

The district urges parents to leave their children at home if they have symptoms.
Yuma-1’s Facebook page contained the following information:
“Due to the concentration of cases at YMS, we will be implementing the following additional health protocols: 1) YMS students should expect to undergo a temperature control upon entering the building; 2) Students must be symptom-free for 48 hours before returning to school; 3) Depending on the grade and / or building, additional cohort strategies can be implemented; 4) Prohibit all visitors to the YMS (parents can call the office to pick up a student, no deliveries, etc.); 5) Additional cleaning protocols during the day; and 6) Students who show any symptoms in school are sent home immediately. Although masks are not currently mandatory, additional defense measures include recommending wearing a mask when social distancing is not an option.
“If, as a parent, you feel uncomfortable about sending your child to school as a result of the current cases, you can choose to leave your child at home and these absences will be treated as ‘school excuses’. YMS students are still responsible for submitting all tasks during these absences. While school resources and assignments are being made available, classes will NOT BE VIRTUAL for the moment. If you decide to keep your child at home, please inform the school secretariat as soon as possible.
COVID-19 cases have continued to increase in Yuma County and neighboring counties.
When the data dashboard was updated to nchd.org on Sept. 20, Yuma County had 14 new cases in the seven days, with an estimated active cases of up to 35 (those numbers are increasing and decreasing daily). During the seven days there was a hospital stay in Yuma County.
Washington County had only six new cases in seven days, a decrease of 10, but two hospitalizations. His active cases have risen to 25.
Phillips County’s active cases rose to 32. There were seven new cases in seven days, a decrease of 12 from the previous seven days. The county also has hospitalization.

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