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North Harrison follows state’s new COVID guidelines

North Harrison follows state’s new COVID guidelines North Harrison follows state’s new COVID guidelines
By Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor, Editor, [email protected]

Dr. Lance Richards, superintendent of the North Harrison Community School Corp., let staff and students, as well as their parents and guardians, know of the latest changes pertaining to COVID-19 guidelines.

On the heels of new guidance from the Indiana State Dept. of Health and after consulting with the Harrison County Health Dept., Richards said in a letter released Friday that individuals who test positive for COVID will continue to have a mandatory five-day isolation period at home.

“In order to return to a school environment, positive individual cases should wear a mask for an additional five-day period,” he said.

“Contact tracing is no longer required by the Indiana Dept. of Health; therefore, your child will not be quarantined unless they test positive for COVID-19,” Richards continued.

He asked that children not attend school if they have any symptoms of any illness.

“Symptomatic children need to stay home,” Richards said.

Due to federal transportation requirements, masks still need to be worn when traveling on a school bus.

Richards said the wearing of masks while at school remains optional.

The new updates went into place yesterday (Tuesday) when the students returned to school after having Monday off for Presidents Day.

“We appreciate the support of our school community during this challenging time,” Richards said.

Another show of support in the school community came during the school board’s regular monthly meeting on Feb. 10.

Following the pledge of allegiance, Richards asked everyone in attendance to continue to stand and have a moment of silence for the Zabel family. Ricki (Rick) Zabel, husband of Morgan Elementary School principal Tammy Zabel, had died earlier in the day after a battle with Guillain-Barré.

During the 35-minute meeting, personnel items dominated the agenda.

The retirements of Robert Austin and Rick Gunter were approved after board member Kristina Gunter made a motion to accept them. Trustee Kerry Ingle seconded the motion, which passed unanimously amid laughter at Gunter’s quickness to accept her husband’s retirement.

Retired teacher Marla Adams, board president, said both Austin and Gunter were in her classes many years ago when she returned as a substitute teacher.

“This makes me feel very, very old that they can retire,” she said.

The following appointments were unanimously approved: Marcus Burgher, Bill Hoyer and Bud Uhl, North Harrison High School volunteer baseball assistants; Bud Dykus, NHHS JV baseball coach; Brad Tucker, NHHS varsity baseball assistant; Arlie Tenhove, NHHS varsity facilitator; Chris Druckenmiller, NHHS JV softball coach; Jennifer Hess, NHHS summer and fall soccer coach; Jeff Balmer, NHHS boys’ varsity track coach; Jade Peyton, NHHS varsity softball assistant; Sophia Stuffle, NHHS drama assistant volunteer; and Sherry Caudill, NHHS custodian.

The five-board member also approved updates to 38 policies already in place.

During board member communications, a card was read that thanked the students and Kellum Imprints for a care package sent to a military troop in the Middle East; wrestlers Seth Kendall and Parker Rhodes were congratulated for advancing to semistate, choir members for advancing to state, both the girls’ and boys’ swim teams for winning the Mid-Southern Conference and winter guard for participating in its first contest in two years; appreciation was expressed to bus drivers for keeping children safe during recent inclement weather and to the maintenance staff and others for getting everything ready for the girls’ sectional tournament; and Richards was thanked for seeing that reflective edges were added to the steps in the high school auditeria, which, due to their single color, had resulted in some falls.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 10, at 7 p.m. in the North Harrison Middle School cafeteria.