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CHS graduation ceremony cancelled after student tests positive for C19

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Chesterton High School’s 2020 commencement ceremony, scheduled for Friday evening, has been cancelled after a student tested positive for COVID-19.

The parents of CHS students were notified shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday in an email from CHS Principal Brent Martinson.

According to the email, the CHS administration was informed Wednesday morning of the student’s positive status and, under the Duneland School Corporation Re-entry Plan, duly notified the Porter County Health Department.

“It was collectively determined that the positive student was in contact with numerous members of the Class of 2020 over the weekend,” Martinson said in the email. “Indiana State Department of Health guidance states that anybody who has direct contact (within six feet of the person for a period of longer than 15 minutes) with a person who has a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis should be quarantined for 14 days. Since we cannot accurately account for the students who were in direct contact with the infected student, and under the advice of the Porter County Health Department, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our graduation ceremony scheduled for Friday evening.”

“Students, I cannot express enough that I know this announcement comes as a great disappointment to you and your families,” Martinson said. “There is nothing I, or anyone at CHS, can say to make up for the ceremony you so rightfully deserved. However, I am confident that most, if not all, will agree that the Duneland School Corporation must take proactive measures to prevent the spread of this virus and protect the health of our students, staff, and families.”

An alternative event, including a car parade and drive-through ceremony, are being planned for Friday, July 24, Martinson added. Parents can expect more information about that event sometime today.


Posted 7/23/2020 




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