Milford schools

Primary school principal tests positive for COVID-19

An elementary school principal in the Milford Exempted Village School District has tested positive for COVID-19, school officials wrote in an email to families on Wednesday.

Last week, the district announced it was pushing back its start date to August 31, saying it was “the right thing to do”.

“All of our staff worked diligently to get the school open, but with the challenges that COVID presents, some things turned out to take longer than expected,” Superintendent John Spieser said.

The new start date has not changed following the announcement of Principal Tiffany Selm’s positive COVID-19 test result.

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Pattison Elementary School Principal Selm felt ill after work on Friday, the email states. She was tested over the weekend and the result came back positive.

The email says Selm hasn’t been to school since Friday and is quarantined by the Clermont County Health Department until September 1, when she will return to work.

Spieser wrote that officials do not believe any parent or student was exposed to COVID-19 while Selm worked at the school.

Potential exposure time was between Wednesday and Friday, and Selm’s work area and front office have since been cleaned and disinfected, the email reads. The school is working with the Clermont County Public Health Department to determine contact tracing.

John Spieser

School office workers in close contact with Selm have been contacted and isolated Monday through Wednesday as a precaution, but will return to the school office on Thursday as they are considered “critical infrastructure.” Those employees will need to follow additional sound safety guidelines, Spieser wrote.

In the email, Spieser wrote that it is “extremely important” that parents perform wellness checks on their children before sending them to school.

“We ask parents to take their child’s temperature before they leave for school and constantly monitor for symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or loss of taste or smell. Please do not send your children to school if they are showing signs of illness,” Spieser wrote.

Pattison Elementary School will open with the rest of the district on Monday. Spieser wrote that Dan Yeager, the district’s director of fine arts and extracurricular activities, will replace the principal of Pattison Elementary until Selm returns in September.


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