Sedalia School District 200 issued the following statement on Tuesday shortly after 3 p.m.:

“Sedalia School District 200 has ordered a quarantine of a first-grade classroom at Skyline Elementary School as the result of a positive test for COVID-19. Since others in the classroom are symptomatic, and with an abundance of caution for all involved, the district, in conjunction with the Pettis County Health Center, has chosen to issue a quarantine order for all students and the teacher in that classroom through Sept. 15, returning to class on Sept. 16.

All of the affected families have been notified. The district has reported this case to the Pettis County Health Center, as required by current Missouri law.

With our mandatory mask protocol, students and staff members who encountered these people through the day outside of the classroom are deemed to be at low risk for exposure.

Additionally, a staff member who works in one-on-one and small group settings has tested positive. The families of the three students with whom the staff member met, as well as district staff they came into contact with, have been notified. In all circumstances, all people involved were masked at all times and therefore are considered at low risk for exposure.

The health and safety of our students, district families and staff members always will be our primary priority. We remain in contact with the Pettis County Health Center to ensure we are following the best protocols to provide a healthy environment for all.”

According to figures released by the Pettis County Health Center on Tuesday, there have been a total of 829 confirmed cases of coronavirus reported in Pettis County.

120 of those are active. 700 have been released to normal activities and there are currently three hospitalized.

There have been nine deaths due to COVID-19 in Pettis County.

Missouri has seen a total of 96,875 cases of coronavirus, with 1,742 deaths.

The US has seen 6.35 million cases reported, with over 190,000 deaths since the pandemic began.

Randy Kirby