(New Carlisle, IN) - In an email Sunday night addressed to the "NPUSC Family", New Prairie Unified School Corporation Superintendent, Paul White, shared the news that one of their "central office" employees became ill over the weekend and has now been tested for coronavirus. The results are expected back in 2 to 5 days. He states this employee "has limited exposure to students and staff", however out of an abundance of caution, they've decided to close all New Prairie School building to all employees while facilities are professionally cleaned.
New Prairie Schools annonced Friday that their facilities would be closed to students from Monday, March 16th through Friday, April 3rd. Teachers were planning to return to work on Monday to prepare lesson plans for E-Learning. White indicated in his email, "It is possible E-Learning for New Prairie students will be delayed. An update will go out to New Prairie families by Monday afternoon". The email also stated that they will be "seeking guidance from the Health Department and DOE tomorrow morning concerning already prepped meals for the New Prairie Students" and they'll update families on those decisions as soon as they are available.
Regarding their decision to make this information public, White wrote, "I share this information to be as transparent as possible-we do not know for sure at this time if the employee has coronavirus...our goal is to always keep staff and students safe as possible as we learn new information".
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