Madison’s Orchard Ridge Elementary and Toki Middle School are closing for 14 days due to possible COVID-19 exposure, the Madison School District said in an email to families and staff overnight Thursday.
The email said the buildings at 5602 and 5606 Russett Road would be closed starting Friday as a precautionary measure after a “small number” of people who had been at the school experienced COVID-19-associated symptoms.
While classes for the district are being held virtually to start the school year, buildings still are open to staff and students for a number of programs, including the MSCR Cares child care program.
Those who have had contact with the building recently have been notified of the shutdown and given more detailed information about symptom screening.
“At this time, there is not a recommendation that you/your child needs to be tested for COVID-19,” read the email from Becky Kundert, Orchard Ridge principal, and Kyle Walsh, Toki principal. “We do recommend that you monitor you/your child’s symptoms and temperature daily. Please contact your health care provider if you/your child has any symptoms of COVID-19.”
People with the virus may experience a range of symptoms including no or mild symptoms but are still able to spread COVID-19 to others. Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, sore throat, cough, loss of sense of taste or smell, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle/body aches, headaches, congestion/runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
COVID-19 is spread from person to person through respiratory droplets from coughing, sneezing or talking. It causes mild symptoms in most people but can cause more severe illness, such as pneumonia.
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