WAMS students tested positive for COVID-19, first day back to campus

Staff Writer
Alice Echo News Journal

First day back to face to face school at Alice Independent School District was on Monday, Oct. 5. On the first day back, Alice ISD confirmed that a student at William Adams Middle School tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

“In keeping with Alice ISD’s practices to respond to COVID-19, we are notifying all student families and staff that a student was was lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 was present on the campus,” said Carl Scarbrough, Alice ISD Superintendent in a parent letter from the school district.

In following privacy requirements and HIPPA laws the district would not be releasing the student’s name or “details that may identify him or her.”

Scarbrough’s letter states that “After contact tracing and a careful review, we have determined that the COVID-positive person did not come into close contact - defined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) - with students, staff or areas accessed by students or staff.”

Close contact, as defined by the CDC is being directly exposed to infectious secretions, being within six feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes.

Operations at WAMS will continue as usual and the district will update the community, according to Scarbrough’s letter.

The district urges to monitor their health and watch for COVID-19 symptoms.