SHELBY -- A positive COVID-19 case was reported by the Shelby City School District, on Friday.
"We have learned that a student at Shelby High School has tested positive for COVID-19," Superintendent Tim Tarvin and high school Principal John Gies said in a letter to Shelby parents, staff and community members.
"We are working closely with the Shelby City Health Department to ensure all appropriate measures are being taken to identify anyone at risk due to close contact with the infected person," they wrote.
"Should your child be identified as a close contact, you will be notified by the Shelby City Health Department that your child will need to quarantine," they continued.
"Being identified as a close contact means that your child was within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive individual for 15 minutes or more, or had direct physical contact, such as a hug or team huddle," Tarvin and Gies wrote. "If you are not notified by the Shelby City Health Department, your child was not identified as a close contact and therefore does not need to quarantine."
No further specifics were provided on the case. The Shelby School District's first case was reported Oct. 17.
Overall in Shelby, the latest update from the Shelby City Health Department on Nov. 5 showed 14 active cases in the community as a whole as of that date.
Overall, the Shelby City Schools Daily COVID-19 online Reporting Chart on Friday indicated 16 people from Shelby High School were in quarantine. Another 14 Shelby from other schools were also reported in quarantine. That is a combined total from Little Whippets Preschool (1), Auburn Elementary (3), Dowds Elementary (4), and Shelby Middle School (6).
"During this time of increased community spread, we recommend that all families monitor their children for symptoms daily," said Friday's letter about the high school student's case.
The Tarvin and Gies stated that "preventing the spread of this virus requires the vigilance of everyone at school, at home and out in the community."
"There is nothing more important to the Shelby City School District than the safety and health of our students, our staff and their families," they wrote.
Statewide coronavirus K-12 building closures extended from mid-March 2020 through the end of the 2019-20 academic year.
Shelby’s 2020-21 academic year started Aug. 24. The district offers in-building classes plus the option of online learning through the Whippet Academy.
An internet link to Friday's full letter is available at https://bit.ly/2Ur6Dhm
A link to the Shelby school district's online Reporting Chart is available at