Carmel teacher voluntarily self-quarantines after returning from Italy


A Smoky Row Elementary teacher is voluntarily self-quarantining after returning from a trip to Italy, which has experienced widespread community transmission of the coronavirus in some regions.

In an email sent to Smoky Row families, Carmel Clay Schools stated the teacher has not been diagnosed with the virus but will remain quarantined for 14 days out of “an abundance of caution.” The teacher returned from Italy on Feb. 28 and did not go to work after returning to the U.S.

Italy is among the nations hardest hit by the virus, also known as COVID-19, with approximately 2,000 reported cases as of March 2. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that travelers avoid nonessential travel to Italy, but a travel ban is not in effect.

CCS stated that custodial staff at all of its schools are “focusing extra attention on sanitizing high traffic areas and commonly used surfaces.”

“Our custodians, teachers and staff are all working together to help prevent the spread of germs by continuously disinfecting their classrooms and reminding students about the importance of proper hygiene,” the email stated. “School nurses are carefully watching the health symptoms of students and staff members, especially those who exhibit symptoms associated with viruses.”

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