Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Ray-Pec

*Last update at 9:10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. This page will be updated as new information becomes available.

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Two students test positive for COVID-19

(Sept. 18, 2020)  Today, the District learned of two positive COVID-19 cases. Both cases involve students at Ray-Pec High School. The two cases are unrelated. The Cass County Health Department and school district administrators have contacted anyone who was potentially exposed and may need to quarantine related to these cases. 

The District is pleased to note that the total number of staff and students in isolation or quarantine decreased to 67 from last week’s total of 82. This number is updated each Friday on the District’s website.

Communication about COVID-19 cases

The Ray-Pec School District has committed to share with our parent and staff communities information of each positive COVID-19 case among students and staff within 24 hours of us being notified by the Cass County Health Department. 

Additionally, we will also send out classroom-specific, or activity-specific, emails if the health department has requested classroom seating charts, class rosters, team or activity rosters, or bus ridership lists as part of contact tracing related to a positive case involving someone who is not an employee or student. In those instances, the District will notify the impacted group that some individuals may be contacted by the CCHD. The school district, in collaboration with the health department, will notify parents, students and staff for the need to quarantine under these circumstances.

Stay informed!

We will make announcements through the same channels we use to communicate inclement weather closures. Please be sure your information is up-to-date in order to receive email, telephone calls, and/or text messages. Contact your child’s school if you need to provide an updated email address. Watch for email communication from your child’s school and the District, as well as announcements on the District website or Facebook page.


State hotline re: COVID-19

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has a statewide public hotline for anyone needing guidance about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The hotline is operated by medical professionals and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 877-435-8411.

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Coronavirus information

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) virus,  Novel coronavirus is a virus strain that has only spread in people since December 2019. 

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses with common symptoms similar to the flu, which include a fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new virus, it has the potential to spread quickly, and it has the potential to cause severe illness in some people.

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