Oceanside Middle shifts to virtual learning amid positive COVID-19 test at school

Sun, 11/22/2020 - 9:15am

    THOMASTON — Students at Oceanside Middle School will attend school remotely Monday, Nov. 23 and Tuesday, Nov. 24 after the school was notified this weekend of at recent positive test at the school. 

    “We have followed all district, state, and CDC protocols regarding a positive case within our school,” said a notice from Principal Bill Gifford. “Given the protocols, we identified that there were no close contacts with that individual and others within our building.”

    The decision to shift to virtual learning was made out of an abundance of caution, Gifford noted. 

    The plan for a virtual setting will allow the school’s blue and white cohorts to participate together in their learning over the two days. There is a schedule to help support both parents and students over the two days.

    “We understand that this could create some challenges for families,” wrote Gifford. “I hope you understand that this decision was made in the best interests of the entire OMS community.” 

    Additionally, the school will remain closed until Nov. 30. 

    “While the CDC has determined that there are no close contacts affecting OMS at this time, please still monitor yourself/your student for signs and symptoms,” said Superintendent John McDonald. “Call a health care provider if symptoms start. It is important that you call a health care facility before you show up in person. Stay home if you are sick.”

    Questions can be directed to Gifford or Stefani Lund at 354-2502, or by email. If you have questions for Tracy Smith, OMS school nurse, you can contact her at school (extension 222) or call/text 701-1370.