Students At JPS, Southwestern Test Positive For COVID

The Jamestown Public Schools District on Friday said it has been notified by the Chautauqua County Department of Health that a student at Fletcher Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19.

The district, in a message sent out to parents and posted to its website, said the student was last at school Thursday, Oct. 8.

“We have been notified by the Health Department that no in-school contact tracing will be required,” the district said. “Please note the student was remote learning at the time of contact with a positive case from outside of school.”

Added Superintendent Dr. Kevin Whitaker: “We want to remind our families, students and staff to keep our students and staff safe by wearing face masks, maintaining social distancing and continuing frequent hand washing whether at school or in the community. As a parent, if you see your child exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms, please keep your child home and contact his or her health provider for a diagnosis. We appreciate our community’s efforts to work together to keep our school community safe and we will continue to keep our JPS community updated on any new information regarding the health and safety of our students and staff.”

Elsewhere, a student at Southwestern High School also tested positive for COVID-19 this week, according to information from the state COVID Report Card. The student was learning on-site at the time of the positive test.

An on-site Southwestern Elementary School teacher also recently tested positive, the district announced during a school board meeting.


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