Solon Schools drop from 67 to 0 COVID-19 cases in four weeks

Published: Nov. 5, 2021 at 5:28 PM CDT
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SOLON, Iowa (KCRG) - 67 students in the Solon Community School District tested positive for COVID-19 just four weeks into the school year. That’s about 5% of the district’s enrollment. Since then, administration said they worked endlessly to try and lower high numbers.

“We were having continuous conversations at the end of each day,” said Superintendent Davis Eidahl. “Just trying to assess and pinpoint any trends.”

Eidahl says the major change came from altering their quarantine policies.

If one student tested positive, then all other students in that given household has to quarantine as well. It’s a rule that was implemented only after that high-count week.

“The nurses would work with the families, contact the families, help them understand it’s for the best to keep their children home during that time so that we could reduce positive cases or the potential of positive cases at school,” said Eidahl.

He says they also added more social distancing safety measures.

“Lunch hours were adjusted a bit, at the middle school larger classes such as vocal music, we broke that up a little bit more so we didn’t have so many kids at one time in close proximity of each other.”

Now, the district is going on two weeks with zero COVID cases reported.

Superintendent Eidahl credits the school nurses in large part, but also the parents and guardians in the district.

“We’re celebrating our zeros, but we’re not taking a victory lap,” he said. “We know that we still have to be very vigilant and monitor trends closely and we’ll continue to do that throughout the year.”

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