Helmsburg Elementary closes due to COVID numbers

Helmsburg Elementary will be closed the rest of the week and students will be learning on paper packets or online instead due to the spread of COVID symptoms, cases or contacts within the building.

Parents received the following email and voicemail from Superintendent Emily Tracy this afternoon:

“This communication is to inform you that we will be closing Helmsburg Elementary School the remainder of the week due to surpassing the threshold of absences related to Covid-19 and active exposure cases (i.e. tested positive, symptomatic, close contact, awaiting test results, etc.) Our threshold for this metric is 20% for substantial spread resulting in a RED LEVEL. Our percentage reached 21.4% this afternoon for Helmsburg Elementary.

“Dismissal and After School Care will run as normal for this afternoon.

“The building will undergo a deep cleaning this evening and tomorrow morning. Teachers and administration will be in communication with you regarding lessons for Wednesday, August 11 through Friday, August 13. All students and staff will return to school Monday, August 16, 2021, pending no new positive cases causing additional absences.

“Transportation: All shuttle services will continue as normal.
Food Service: We are working to develop a timeline for families to pickup breakfast and lunch for Thursday and Friday. Once details are finalized, they will be released to Helmsburg families.

“If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

“As always, thank you for your support, patience and commitment to the health and safety for our students and staff at Brown County Schools.”