Keeping the Community Informed
In an effort to keep students, staff, parents, and the entire community aware of how COVID-19 is impacting our district, we plan to share as much information as possible, while protecting the privacy of those affected. Please know that these efforts will be a work in progress and our district will make adjustments and improvements as we learn more during this pandemic and reopening of our school district. We share this news with you so you can make well-informed decisions for your family.
JCSD COVID-19 Status Update
If an asterisk (*) is shown, the count is six individuals or less.
|6||Student(s) currently testing positive|
|*||Staff members currently testing positive|
|13||Staff currently isolating/quarantining|
||Students currently isolating/quarantining|
|0||Classroom closures (affected families are informed directly of this)|
(Updated: 09/25/2020 @ 6:10 p.m. Updates are made every Wednesday and Friday.) Disclaimer: The information set forth above is for informational purposes only. This information is based on reports to the District from other sources which have not been independently verified.
Communication and Notification Process
Each time a person (staff or student) in a district facility tests positive for COVID-19, a JCSD team consisting of school nurses, support staff, and respective building administrators will work with Polk County Health Services to determine next steps.
If a confirmed case of COVID-19 has been reported in your child’s classroom or activity, and, through the case investigation, Polk County Health Services determines:
- If your child or a staff member had close contact with the person who tested positive and needs quarantine, you will receive the following email notification: Polk County Health Services COVID Close Contact Letter
As a reminder, “close contact” applies to individuals who were within 6 feet of a person who tested positive for COVID-19 for 15 minutes or longer starting for 2 days before illness is onset or any direct contact as specified by Polk County Health Services including hugs, handshakes, and the sharing of personal belongings)
- If your child did not have close contact with the person who tested positive and, therefore, does not need to be in quarantine, you will not be contacted.
- If the positive case was not in your child’s classroom or activity and your child was not a close contact, you will not receive an email.
School Nurse Protocol for COVID-19 Symptoms
As part of their efforts to keep buildings healthy, please be aware that school nurses may send a student(s) home for 10 days based on recommendations from the Iowa Dept. of Public Health and Polk Co. Health. The Iowa Dept. of Public Health and Polk Co. Health Department recommend that any person with one high-risk or two low-risk symptoms stay home and contact their medical provider for an evaluation.
|One High Risk Symptoms||Two Low Risk Symptoms|
|Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing||Headache|
|New loss of taste or smell||Muscle or body aches|
Stay home until ALL these conditions are met:
- No fever for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine.
- All symptoms have improved. *Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.
- At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
If your child should test positive for COVID 19, please notify your student’s principal or school nurse right away. Your school nurse or school official will provide information on when you can return back to school. For questions, you are directed to contact your health care provider or Polk County Health at 515-286-3798.
Free Testing Sites in Polk County
The Polk Co. Health Department has provided us with information on two COVID-19 testing sites in Polk County. Each location is offering testing windows from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. or 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturdays. *Saturday testing hours vary by location. Contact the pharmacy for details.
West Des Moines Hy-Vee HealthMarket
Address: 375 S. Jordan Creek Pkwy., West Des Moines, Iowa
Phone number: (515) 216-2796
To register for a test voucher number, visit www.doineedacovid19test.com/ and answer the questions/provide requested information to receive a test voucher number, testing site and appointment time. The person will then arrive at the specified test site pharmacy drive thru and provide either a printed voucher number or show the voucher number on their phone before given a test kit. The Hy-Vee pharmacy employee will provide the test kit and education on how to self-administer the test and will supervise the test. The individual will then drop off their completed kit in a collection bin. The entire test process takes about five minutes. From there, the Hy-Vee pharmacy collects all tests, which are shipped to a lab via UPS. Results will then be sent to the individual via email in three to five days.
Address: 1330 E University Ave, Des Moines, IA
Phone: (515) 299-9791
Walgreens is offering no-cost, contactless COVID-19 testing at select locations in partnership with the PWNHealth provider network.*
Testing is at no cost to eligible individuals who meet criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and federal guidelines. At the testing locations, Walgreens pharmacy team oversees patients’ self-administration of the COVID-19 test.
Take a quick screening survey to see if you’re eligible for testing: https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/covid19/testing