BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – The Fort Madison Community School District administration office was closed Friday due to COVID-19.
According to Superintendent Dr. Erin Slater, no other staff were considered exposed due to social distancing and mask requirements. She said the Lee County Health Department was notified of the closure.
“LCHD was consulted, notified of mitigation efforts, and central office staff were notified to work remotely today,” Slater wrote in an email to Pen City Current.
She said school district guidelines for exposure are defined as being in the presence of a positive person for 15 consecutive minutes where masks were not worn by both parties. Current district protocols also require any visitors to the Central office to wear masks so no additional exposure was identified.
The office, located at 1930 Avenue M, holds offices for the Superintendent, Business Manager Sandy Elmore, Tiffany Fullhart, Food Service Director; Kim Harmon, Director of Curriculum and Student Service, transportation staff, and other administrators and assistants.
Slater said the rising number of cases in Lee County is of concern. The district returned to in-person learning on Monday and as of Thursday, the 14-day positivity rate for Lee County was 15.5. The other three surrounding counties and rates are, Des Moines (19.8), Van Buren (19.8) and Henry County 18.1.
Fort Madison has students from three of the four counties.
“We monitor the county positivity rates for Lee, Henry, and Des Moines counties since we have students from all three counties in our district,” she wrote.
“The rising numbers are of concern, so we continue to review daily to make sure we continue to provide a safe environment for students and staff.”
She said the office will reopen on Monday.