A West Central Valley staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday.

Co-Superintendents Anthony Lohse and Rusty Shockley notified parents, staff, and community members that a staff member in the preschool through second grade building in Stuart has tested positive for the virus. Those who were in direct contact with the individual will be notified by the school and Guthrie County Public Health will be in contact if students or others need to quarantine. Those with positive test results should quarantine 10 days from the date of the testing, and those who have been in contact should quarantine for 14 days even after a negative test result.

This is the first confirmed positive case in the District since the start of the school year on August 24th, though the District had to shut down their weight room facility in late July due to a student that tested positive. The Panorama School District also had a positive individual in late July that had used their facilities, and on Wednesday they confirmed their first positive case of the school year from a secondary staff member with three additional students being quarantined. Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center Schools had an individual test positive during both of the first two weeks of school. The first was of a high school student that was confirmed on August 24th and resulted in the entire varsity volleyball team being quarantined, and the second was confirmed a week later of a Guthrie Center Elementary staff member with one student quarantined.