Recently, a group of our high school band students returned from Greece. Today we received new information about one part of the trip and we want to share it with you in order to provide accurate information and prevent any rumors from developing. First and foremost, I want you to know that there's no reason to believe any of the students or staff are infected with coronavirus (COVID-19) or are at risk of spreading the virus to other students.
While in Greece, the students were scheduled to perform at multiple locations, including at a local school. The school performance was cancelled due to COVID-19 prevention measures. At the time, a student at the Greek school had a family member who tested positive for coronavirus and, as a precaution, the school cancelled all classes and activities, including our band’s performance. Our One91 students and chaperones never entered the school or interacted with the school staff.
Although there was never any contact between our students and students and staff from the Greek school, we have followed safety protocols and contacted our assigned support staff at Dakota County Public Health. After sharing the details, they confirmed that there is no reason to believe our students or anyone on the trip is at risk of contracting the virus or spreading it to others.
Our student’s safety is our number one priority. Like all schools in the area, we have been in close contact with our local and state public health officials and will share updates with you as we receive them. Currently, none of our students and staff are at risk and we are operating as normal.
If you know someone, student or otherwise, who recently traveled to a foreign county, please remember that this doesn’t mean that they are infected with coronavirus. Anyone who is in the United States who has not been in contact with someone confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days is at low risk of becoming sick. Viruses don’t discriminate, and neither should we.
As always, we encourage students, staff, and members of the community to follow good health practices, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, or cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
The symptoms associated with this coronavirus are similar to the seasonal flu, including fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you have additional questions about COVID-19, we encourage you to view the Coronavirus information on the Minnesota Department of Health website.