MESA COUNTY, Colo. — Mesa County School District 51 released their reopening plan for the new school year. The re-opening plan doesn’t have separate procedures for when a cafeteria worker is diagnosed with COVID. Instead, school officials say that the protocol is the same for all staff members in each department.
“Whether it’s food services or a custodian or a teacher in a classroom, it’s going to be following that same process that’s rooted in the Centers of Disease Control, along with our health department and human services department’s guidelines,” says Dan Sharp, the Director of food and Nutrition Services for District 51.
Staff members self-report symptoms, and if symptoms are reported, the school district works with the public health department in order to decide what needs to happen, case by case. “What my team would do is do a case investigation on that person, that would involve the contact tracing,” says Jeff Kuhr, the Executive Director at Mesa County Public Health.
Kuhr says an infection of food workers doesn’t pose any more of a threat than other staff members being diagnosed because Covid-19 isn’t transmitted through food. “If everyone is following those protocols the risk from person to person is greatly reduced,” he says.