Panama-Buena Vista School District responds to COVID-19 cases

Posted at 5:03 PM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 20:03:36-05

The Panama-Buena Vista School District announced members of its staff tested positive for COVID-19. Those cases were at off-campus locations.

The district said no students were exposed and because of this parents were not informed of the cases.

23ABC also learned that another case was reported, this time at Douglas J. Miller Elementary School. In a statement Friday the district says it is working to inform anyone who may have been around the infected party.

The school district issued the following statement to 23ABC:

To clarify, there was a positive COVID19 test at Miller Elementary on October 27, 2020. As soon this came to our attention, the district's Health Safety Risk Management Department investigated and completed the contact tracing. Appropriate steps were taken to quarantine any person or persons who may have been exposed based on CDC and CDPH guidelines.

Along with strict safety protocols, we have begun to send out notification letters to employees that are on site to be completely transparent in the hopes of mitigating fear. This type of notification will become law (AB 685) on January 1, 2021; however, we are sending them out so that our staff and community feel safe.

With the Miller exposure on 10/27 no students were exposed; therefore, letters were not sent to parents.
Jennifer Irvin, Assistant Superintendent Educational Services, Panama-Buena Vista Union School District

It's not clear if any students were impacted.