COVID-19 Communication Process

This page is intended to be a source of information about COVID-19 and provide links to the most updated information on how it is impacting our school community.

Get COVID-19 Updates
Stay up-to-date with COVID-19-related updates from Ottumwa Schools. Find information on the number of students and staff who have tested positive, as well as those in quarantine, at ottumwaschools.com/update.

How will I know about COVID-19 cases and exposure in Ottumwa Schools?
When a student or employee is diagnosed with COVID-19, Ottumwa Schools works with Wapello County Public Health to identify close contacts and determine the appropriate next steps. Wapello County Public Health also provides guidance and support to students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 or been in close contact with a confirmed case. 

We must maintain privacy of individuals but will share communication regarding exposure or potential exposure to allow families and staff to make informed decisions. Because each case is unique, we will communicate through our PowerSchool/Remind text and app alerts, and direct families to our website for additional information. 

You may receive communication about:

  • A positive case at your school that doesn’t directly impact you.
    • All families and staff at the school will receive a notice of the positive case via PowerSchool/Remind text and app alert. Families will be directed to more general information on the district website. 
    • Close contacts will receive this notice in addition to a letter specifically for close contacts. If you receive a separate letter or phone call for close contacts, please follow those directions. 
  • Being identified as a close contact of a positive case of COVID-19. (Close contact is defined by the CDC as within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes, regardless of personal protective equipment.) 
    • Persons identified as close contacts will be notified by letter and/or phone call from Wapello County Public Health. They will provide next steps regarding school or work and health information. 
    • Then, a Wapello County nurse will follow up with you by phone to review the information and provide more specific guidance.
  • Your class transitioning to virtual learning.
    • If a face-to-face class needs to transition to virtual learning, families and staff will receive a notice by email, text, and app alert. The email will include what day the transition is starting. Your building principal will provide more information about how long the transition may last. 
    • Families and staff will receive a similar notice when a class can transition back to on-site learning. The email will include what day on-site learning will resume and other information specific to your situation.

For more information about positive cases and close contacts in Ottumwa Schools, you can follow our COVID-19 chart, which is updated daily. If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, please follow our COVID-19 exposure guidelines.