Kershaw County School District food service employee tests positive for COVID-19

Kershaw County School District food service employee tests positive for COVID-19

April 9, 2020

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) notified Kershaw County School District (KCSD) officials on April 8 that a nutrition and food services employee who has worked at Camden High School during the school closure had tested positive for COVID-19. This employee last reported to work on April 2 and has been placed on home isolation. KCSD is currently on a weeklong spring break.

“As a school district, we are very concerned about the health and well-being of our employees as our food service workers have been on the front lines since the onset of this pandemic,” said KCSD Superintendent Shane Robbins. “We pray she remains in good spirits as she continues to rest and recover from this illness.”

In accordance with SC DHEC guidelines, KCSD has communicated with all KCSD staff who may have had direct contact with the employee and directed them to self-quarantine. Robbins said that in addition to the standard 14-day isolation period which includes this week’s spring break, these employees will stay at home for an additional week before returning to work.

According to Robbins, the school district is following DHEC’s protocols to ensure all employees are aware of the necessary precautions and preventive measures as well as the steps to take in the event of possible exposure.

“We have deep cleaned the Camden High School food service area and have also taken steps to thoroughly clean all of our food service preparation and distribution areas,” he said. “Additionally, after spring break, procedures will be in place to check the temperatures of all employees at the start of their work schedules daily.”

The superintendent added, “These are uncertain times for all of us, and we don’t know how long these unusual conditions will continue to disrupt our daily lives. We do know our best defense against COVID-19 is to frequently wash our hands with soap and water, stay at least six feet away from others when possible, and stay home if you feel sick. I couldn’t be prouder of the sacrifices our employees are making on a daily basis for the children of Kershaw County. We will get through this together.”