UPDATE: Superintendent Mary Whitrock stated to the Commonwealth "The staff member was already feeling much better by the time her test results came back. The district continues to follow the same cleaning procedure. The buildings continue to be for the most part empty."

  A staff member from Murray Park/Quest Elementary has tested positive for COVID-19 today (Wednesday).

   According to a message sent out to Ripon Area School District families via its online system, Infinite Campus, Superintendent Mary Whitrock explained the staff member was not feeling well since last week Wednesday after traveling during spring break.

   She assured parents that the staff member does not live in Ripon; however, they did enter the school building following Gov. Tony Evers’ order to close schools.

   “We are aware that although the staff member does not live in Ripon, they did enter Murray Park Quest on Saturday, March 21, 2020 (12 days ago) at the end of Spring Break to pick up materials following the Governor’s orders for the closure of all Wisconsin schools,” she said. “No parents or students have been allowed into Murray Park Quest since the last day of school March 13, 2020, the start of Spring Break. Since entering the building on March 21, 2020 (12 days ago), the staff member has not re-entered the building.”

   She added the custodian cleaned the building using the district’s standard cleaning protocol.

   Any students who had needed materials from the school had obtained them via curbside pick up Tuesday, March 24.

   Whitrock explained families should continue to practice social distancing and be aware of how they feel.

   “The Governor has asked for all playdates and social gatherings to end. Our students need to stay apart,” she said. “Please help us protect them by reviewing the Governor’s Stay At Home FAQ. The symptoms of COVID-19 vary from one case to the next.

   “This staff member has given us permission to share that the staff member never had a fever, though the staff member did experience congestion and lost the ability to taste and smell. Also, if you test positive, it is important to let anyone you may have been in contact with know, just as this staff member has done.”