St Johnsbury School COVID-19 Negative

St. Johnsbury-- On Monday, St. Johnsbury School Superintendent Dr. Brian Ricca sent out an email and automated phone call to the St. Johnsbury School community informing that a member of their school's community had tested positive for COVID-19. 

Dr. Ricca said the positive case was isolated to the 5th grade and that all 5th grade students and staff would stay remote for the remainder of the week. That all changed on Wednesday when Dr. Ricca announced the COVID case turned out to be a false positive.  

Ricca said in a statement on Wednesday, "I am delighted to announce that we were informed recently that our positive COVID case is negative - as in, we do not have a positive COVID case in our school family."

During the Tuesday Governor's Press Conference, Dr. Mark Levine, Commissioner of Health noted, "The COVID case in St. Johnsbury was presumed positive".  Dr. Ricca says those words were never used when the St. Johnsbury School had conversations with the local Health Department. "We were told that we had a positive case", said Ricca. 

Starting tomorrow October 1st, all 5th grade students and staff will be allowed to return to the classroom at the St. Johnsbury School. 

"We are welcoming back our entire 5th grade families tomorrow," Ricca said, "I know these past few days we not easy for you. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we worked to ensure public health, with the most accurate information we could gather. We are here for you, I am here for you". 

While this case was negative, students and staff must continue to practice social distancing and washing their hands.