The district was informed by DHEC on October 6, 2020 that a cafeteria staff member from Fairfax Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member was sent home this morning at 8:45 a.m. The two additional close contacts who worked alongside the employee were requested to get tested at 2:30 p.m. the same day. All three employees are now in quarantine.
According to DHEC guidelines, FES cafeteria will close for 72 hours and the district will disinfect the cafeteria. Food will be prepared at AFHS and delivered to FES students during the time the cafeteria is closed. Parents and staff were notified by the principal. DHEC reached out to the district to confirm close contacts and determine the appropriate course of action.
The safety and well-being of ACS students and employees is our top priority.
Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that handling food or consuming food is associated with COVID-19. Coronaviruses, like the one that causes COVID-19, are thought to spread most person-to-person through respiratory droplets when someone coughs, sneezes, or talks. The risk of getting sick with COVID-19 from eating or handling food (including frozen food and produce) and food packages is considered very low.