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The Meramec Valley R-III School District confirmed it has two on-campus positive COVID-19 cases.

The district began its school year Wednesday, Aug. 26, and gave families the option to enroll their children in virtual learning, a hybrid model or in-person learning five days a week.

The first positive case was an employee Sept. 2, and the second was a student confirmed Sept. 9, said Ketina Armstrong, director of communications.

“The employee and the student were following the district COVID-19 protocols by wearing a face covering,” Armstrong said. “Both are currently on quarantine.”

For each case, a small group of other students was identified as close contacts and required to quarantine per the Franklin County Health Department, she said.

“At this time, MVR-III has not been notified of any additional positive COVID-19 cases as a result of these two exposures,” Armstrong said.

The district has guidelines it follows when a positive case is identified. Those guidelines include working with the health department and contact tracing officials.

Once all close contacts are notified, the school administrator sends a message to all families within the building notifying them of the confirmed-positive COVID-19 case, Armstrong said.

She said the district is taking precautions to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and help ensure the safety of its students and employees.

“All buildings and classrooms in the district are cleaned and disinfected daily and high-touch surfaces are also disinfected throughout the day,” Armstrong said.

The district is requiring faculty and students in fifth through 12th grade to wear a face covering when unable to socially distance, according to the districts re-entry plan.