"July 16, Beaumont ISD received notice that a staff member who works at Blanchette Elementary tested positive for COVID-19. The employee was on campus and involved in meal distribution on July 15.
"During distribution the employee wore a mask and gloves, followed frequent sterilization measures and did not come in direct contact with any member of the public. As such, the Health Department has advised that the risk of someone contracting COVID-19 from the employee is low and this notice is being provided in an abundance of caution. Nevertheless, BISD has been in close communication with officials at the Jefferson County Health Department, and the District is following all recommended protocols.
"The Blanchette Elementary campus is closed for deep cleaning and disinfection and will be open again Monday, July 20. Meal distribution at this site is discontinued for the remainder of the summer feeding program, however, we invite all families to receive meals from Marshall and Smith Middle Schools.
"Members of the public that picked up a meal from Blanchette Elementary in the last week should continue to closely monitor their health. Should you exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19 contact your health provider immediately. In addition, please continue all other safeguards outlined by the CDC including frequently washing your hands with soap and water, avoiding touching your face, staying home if you feel sick, and cleaning frequently touched surfaces and objects daily. The health and safety of our community is our top priority and we appreciate your cooperation as we work through these challenges as a community."