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The information above changes rapidly and might not reflect some cases still being reported. Due to a lag time between initial case notification and confirmation of cases, there may be inaccuracies in the reporting. Information from the previous day is updated as soon as possible the following business day.
Student Active COVID-19 Cases: The total number of student active COVID-19 positive cases currently tracked by the CMCSS Safety & Health Department. This does not include cases not reported to the school system or cases that are no longer considered active by the Montgomery County Health Department.
Students in Quarantine: The total number of students who are currently quarantined due to being considered close contacts to a COVID-19 positive in the school environment by the Montgomery County Health Department.
School-Level Employee Active Cases: The total number of school-level employee active COVID-19 positive cases currently tracked by the CMCSS Safety & Health Department. This does not include cases not reported to the school system or cases that are no longer considered active by the Montgomery County Health Department.
School-Level Employees in Quarantine: The total number of school-level employees who are currently quarantined due to being considered close contacts to a COVID-19 positive in the school environment by the Montgomery County Health Department.
COVID-19 Related Employee Leave: The total number of CMCSS employees currently on Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) leave. Click here for more information on qualifying reasons for leave related to COVID-19.
Communicating Positive Cases and Quarantines:
CMCSS does not have the authority to quarantine students, and the district does not control the requirements, expectations, communication, etc. about quarantines. The district gets notifications from the Montgomery County Health Department (MCHD) of which students/employees are quarantined and their return-to-school/work date so this can be input in the student information system for attendance purposes. CMCSS has the authority to exclude students who are symptomatic or who are potential close contacts but only from school or school-based activities. On behalf of MCHD, when communication assistance is needed, CMCSS will send an exclusion (not quarantine) message to families (explained below). Only MCHD can make the determination that a student must quarantine at home.
The Tennessee Department of Education has released a dashboard to help track cases at the local level. TDOE updates this dashboard weekly. For schools reporting under five positive student or employee COVID-19 cases, the school is listed without a specific number of cases for the category.
Communicating with Close Contacts:
CMCSS and MCHD follow the protocols of the Tennessee Department of Health in conducting contact tracing and communicating with stakeholders. After a positive case is confirmed and communicated to the school or district from MCHD or from a parent/guardian with physical evidence, the CMCSS Safety and Health Department guides a school in developing a list of close contacts to the confirmed positive. Close contact is defined as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. That list is provided to MCHD so they can conduct contact tracing and advise CMCSS on next steps, including any necessary classroom or school-wide closures. Only MCHD can quarantine students.
Parents/guardians of close contacts are contacted by MCHD. In cases where MCHD needs additional time to conduct contact tracing, CMCSS assists MCHD in contacting parents/guardians of students who may have been in close contact with the confirmed positive since the district can expedite the process through a mass notification system or through additional staff at the school level. The following is a sample of the exclusion script that parents would receive in these cases:
Dear Parent or Guardian,
This call is to notify you that a case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at <> and we have identified your child <> <> as a potential close contact of that individual.
The Montgomery County Health Department will contact you if your child requires quarantine. Contact tracing by the Montgomery County Health Department may take 24 hours or longer, so you may not receive a call today. Please do not send your child back to school until you receive further information from the Montgomery County Health Department or a notification to return to school from the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System on behalf of the health department.
If your child becomes ill, contact your medical provider for guidance.
CMCSS understands that you may have questions and concerns; however, we are not able to share any additional information. If you have COVID-19 related questions, please contact the Montgomery County Health Department at 931-648-5747.
CMCSS has implemented several health and safety protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID-19:https://www.cmcss.net/blog/2020/07/24/cmcss-traditional-model-safety-and-health-overview/
It is extremely important that all students, employees, and the community self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to visiting any CMCSS facility. Additionally, it is extremely important that parents/guardians do not send their child to school if they are awaiting results of a COVID-19 test or are exhibiting a new on-set of symptoms related to COVID-19. Please review the updated Return-to-Work/School Flowchart: https://portal.cmcss.net/iso.aspx?doc=SAF-W001.pdf