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COVID-19 case confirmed in Valparaiso elementary

COVID-19 case confirmed in Valparaiso elementary

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VALPARAISO — There is another confirmed case of COVID-19 in Valparaiso Community Schools, officials said Tuesday.

In a message to Valparaiso community and staff, the district confirmed a positive case of COVID-19 at its Cooks Corners Elementary School.

Direct contacts have been notified and given instructions to quarantine for 14 days, according to the district.

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The Valparaiso school corporation did not specify whether the case was confirmed among a student or staff member in the school.

The elementary school case marks the fifth report of COVID-19 since the district returned to in-person learning on Aug. 12.

The district is also offering a remote learning option to families. In a school board meeting last week, Interim Superintendent Michael Berta said about a quarter of Valparaiso's students are registered for at-home instruction.

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Valparaiso Community Schools notified families of the district's first case, reported at Valparaiso High School, on Aug. 18.

Two days later, the district shared news of two additional cases confirmed at the high school.

Valparaiso Community Schools was notified of a fourth case — this one at Thomas Jefferson Middle School — on Monday.

The district has repeatedly cited privacy laws, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, in declining to share further details about reported cases.

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"We will continue to coordinate with the Porter County Health Department," the district wrote in its most recent letter, which reflects nearly word for word its three other communications regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases. "It is our intent to keep you informed as we continue to learn how to live in this COVID-19 environment."

District leaders continue to remind the public of healthy practices that should be practiced to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

"Each person in our community can do their part by performing daily health screenings, wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance, and washing/sanitizing their hands frequently," the district wrote.

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